San Pedro Attractions

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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. 


Ambergris Caye Southeast

There are a handful of beaches to consider visiting in and around the area. Just click on the beach names to get additional information about that specific beach.

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.

Another location worth considering is Debbie's Beach. While it is located on Ambergris Bay, a popular tourism spot, Debbie's Beach is far enough away from the main areas that it is less crowded. While this means you will not be hunting down free space, it also means you should not be expected any amenities.

San Pedro and the surrounding areas have additional beaches to choose from. For more about this topic, read this article.


Assuming you like to learn about other cultures and places, you should consider visiting a museum during your time in San Pedro.

Ambergris Museum: Tours are given of the museum collections, which includes a good quantity of Maya artifacts like pottery and flint tools. Then learn the 17th century history of Ambergris as a pirate hideout.

The chart below lists a few details regarding a museum you might enjoy in San Pedro.

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

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Do you hope to spend more of your vacation time under the open sky? You may be pleased to know the area has several interesting nature preserves nearby.

Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a popular nature preserve located 5.7 mi. West-Southwest of central San Pedro. Just off the coast of Ambergris Caye is the oldest marine reserve in Belize, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

Look through the following table for more information about your options.

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


Vacationers can enjoy the local park in San Pedro.

Boca Del Rio Park is located within northeastern San Pedro. Boca Del Rio Park features swings and water slides into the shallow part of the bay. The property also features a sandy area with a volleyball court, jungle gym, basketball court, picnic tables and barbecue pits.

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 go see some of the more interesting area land formations. Other options like these in San Pedro are listed in the chart 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


People do not usually come to San Pedro to gamble, but there is one such venue, The Palace Casino. <p>The only spot in San Pedro to offer casino style gambling is the Palace Casino on Pescador Drive and Caribena Street. Friendly service by a staff that is cheering you on all the way makes this one of the most supportive casinos you'll ever encounter.</p>


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