Attractions in San Pedro

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The main settlement on the island of Ambergris Caye, San Pedro Town is where it all happens.  Most people who visit here do so with the hopes of puttering around in their rented golf cart, eating lots of good local food, and relaxing on the beach.  Of course, this is all possible, but you won't want to overlook some of the attractions outside of the beaches, which include a museum and a casino.  Birders have a great chance of seeing some unique species in town, and just outside of San Pedro is an expansive nature reserve and several other natural sites to explore. 

Beaches

Ambergris Caye Southeast

There are a small handful of beaches to visit in the area. Just click on each beach name for a detailed review of that section of the coast.

South Beach: South Beach is a clean and quiet beach on the south-east edge of Ambergris. Connected to a resort and with a few bars open to the public, it's a great spot to stop by, relax, and grab a drink, away from any big crowds.

Another option worth considering is Ambergris Caye Southeast. The Ambergris Caye's beaches are relatively small even at low tide, making the area difficult to recommend for swimming. Still, in 2014 Fodors ranked it as one of the top 15 beaches in the Caribbean.

These examples are just a sample of the available options. Visit this article if you'd like to find some more information.

Museums

Assuming you enjoy learning about unfamiliar places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum while on vacation in San Pedro.

Ambergris Museum: Ambergris museum's mission is preserve the history of the area, from ancient Maya village through today, a quiet fishing village and tourist town.

The chart directly below has more details concerning a museum you might enjoy in San Pedro.

Museums In San Pedro
Name Phone Location
Ambergris Museum -- Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye

Historical Sites

Do you like exploring the history of countries you visit? If that's the case, you might enjoy visiting a historical site while on vacation in San Pedro.

A common landmark for vacationers is Marco Gonzalez Maya Site. It is situated 3.7 mi. South West of central San Pedro. This 2000 year old archaeological site is just off the beaten path, where the history buff in you can explore.

Historic Sites Near San Pedro
Name Type Phone Location
Marco Gonzalez Maya Site Historical Site (501) 672-2725 3.7 mi. South West of Central San Pedro Belize

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Do you enjoy spending time under the open sky? You may be happy to learn the area has a few interesting nature preserves nearby.

Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a nature preserve found 5.7 mi. West-Southwest of central San Pedro. The reserve is divided into four distinct, and well marked zones: the Reef, the Seagrass Beds, the Mangroves, and Shark Ray Alley. In order to full enjoy the marine park, you'll have to hire a boat operator, and signing up for a snorkeling and diving tour is a great way to experience the park as well.

View this table to learn more.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near San Pedro
Name Type Location
Hol Chan Marine Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central San Pedro Belize
Shark-Ray Alley Marine Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 2.7 mi. South of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Shark-Ray Alley Marine Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 3.5 mi. South of Central San Pedro Belize

Parks

Travelers can experience a park in San Pedro.

Boca Del Rio Park is found in northeastern San Pedro. On a hot Belizean day, there is no better place to have fun with family than Boca Del Rio Park, which is part playground, part water park, and always open to the public.

Parks In San Pedro
Name Type Location
Boca Del Rio Park Park 1.4 mi. Northeast of Central San Pedro Ambergris Caye

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to visit some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Other options like these in San Pedro are shown in the table below.

Land Formations In San Pedro
Name Type Location
Ambergris Lake Lake Central San Pedro
San Pedro Lagoon Lagoon 1.1 mi. North of Central San Pedro
San Pedro Reef Reef 0.8 mi. East of Central San Pedro

Casinos

Travelers don't generally stay in San Pedro to gamble, although there is one option nearby, Captain Morgan's Retreat Casino.

 

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