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.

Set along the southern outskirts of San Pedro, South Beach is on the South-Southwest edge of Ambergris Caye. You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. The beaches found throughout Belize are usually somewhat secluded and quiet, but South Beach is the exception.

How to Access The Beach

To access South Beach, there is a dirt path off of the main road that cars and other forms of transportation can access. There is also direct access if you are staying at the Royal Caribbean Resort as well as a parking lot for customers of the two bars that are located on that beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Please note that public restrooms are not available, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

Keep in mind that the immediate vicinity around South Beach is a bustling area, so show up early.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find South Beach on the South-Southwest coast of Ambergris Caye; it will be near other attractions like The Palace Casino, which is three quarters of a mile to the north.

If you're interested in mixing a little culture with your trip to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Ambergris Museum. It's not far from the shores at South Beach, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run low on things to do. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near South Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction
The Palace Casino Casino 0.6 mi. N Ambergris Caye
C. Emmanuel Gallery Art Gallery 1.4 mi. NNE Ambergris Caye
Isla Bonita Art Gallery Art Gallery 1.4 mi. NNE Ambergris Caye
Ambergris Museum Museum 1.4 mi. NE Ambergris Caye
Artesano Art Gallery 1.8 mi. NNE Ambergris Caye
Belizean Arts Art Gallery 1.9 mi. NE Ambergris Caye
Island Dog Art Art Gallery 1.9 mi. NNE Ambergris Caye

Cities and Towns

South Beach is very close to San Pedro, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. The closest town is San Pedro, which is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From the coast, San Pedro is a quick trip away, about one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. You can generally expect to encounter quite a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Since this beach is in a relatively popular vacation spot, it is not typically all that difficult to find the kind of hotel you're looking for close-by. If you and your group are hoping to get a place that's near the water, the table below lists the options closest to South Beach.

Accommodations near South Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Royal Caribbean Resort 0.1 mi. N Resort
Victoria House Resort 0.2 mi. N Resort
Mata Rocks Resort 0.5 mi. N Resort
Banana Beach Resort 0.6 mi. N Resort
Villas at Banyan Bay 0.7 mi. N Resort
Caribbean Villas Hotel 0.9 mi. N Hotel
Coral Bay Villas 1.0 mi. NNE Hotel
Corona Del Mar Hotel 1.1 mi. NNE Resort
Coconuts Caribbean Hotel 1.1 mi. NNE Resort
Pedro's Backpacker 1.4 mi. NNE Hotel


One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to eat at a nearby restaurant, where you can dive into Belize's specialty dishes, within just a few miles of this shoreline. Island Time is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant offers a menu of Belizean cuisine. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's just a little ways away.

Nearby restaurant options are listed below.

Restaurants near South Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Island Time (501) 226-4220 Belizean Very Casual 0.1 mi. N
The Palmilla Restaurant (501) 226-2067 Continental Fine Dining 0.2 mi. N
Hidden Treasure (501) 226-4111 Caribbean, Latin American Informal 0.4 mi. N
Black Orchid Restaurant (501) 206-2441 International Fine Dining 0.6 mi. SW
Lone Star Grill & Cantina (501) 226-4666 Tex-Mex Very Casual 0.6 mi. SW
Robin's Kitchen -- Jamaican Very Casual 0.6 mi. N
Rico's Bar and Grill (501) 226-3739 Caribbean -- 0.7 mi. N
Caye Coffee -- Café Informal 0.9 mi. N
Casa Picasso (501) 226-4443 American, Asian Fusion -- -- --
Caroline's Cookin' -- Belizean Very Casual 1.1 mi. NNE
Emerald Chinese Fast Food Restaurant (501) 226-2312 Chinese -- -- --
Antojitos San Telmo -- Latin American Informal -- --

Other Beaches

South Beach is just one of many beaches you can visit on Ambergris Caye.

You might also want to visit Ambergris Caye Southeast, located one and a quarter miles to the south west.

Belize has a lot to offer its visitors, but a trip to South Beach could end up a family favorite.


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