San Pedro on Ambergris Caye
If you’re a beach lover, San Pedro on Ambergris Caye may just be what the doctor ordered. With diving, snorkeling, shopping and swimming, Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, Lighthouse Reef and the Blue Hole with its sharks are great destinations!
The island spans about 25 miles in length and just over a mile wide in some places. It is protected offshore by the Caribbean’s Barrier Reef, the world’s second largest barrier reef.
Ambergris Caye has a rich history, full of Mayan Empires, European Pirates and Mexican refugees. Long ago, the economy was dependent upon coconut production. Later it was fishing. Today, the dominating industry on the island is, you guessed it, tourism. And it isn’t very hard to see why.
Eleven miles south of Ambergris Caye you’ll find Caye Caulker, the second largest of the keys. Caye Caulker is home to a small village with just three main streets. Traveling along the streets of the village, you’ll find plenty of quaint shopping experiences, pubs, boutiques, restraints and accommodations. Historically, Caye Caulker was a ship-building haven. Now the island is supported by fishing and tourism. Most of the island’s visitors come seeking water sport fun. Scuba diving, snorkeling, angling, and beach combing are some of the most popular attractions Caye Caulker offers.
Another popular spot for divers is Lighthouse Reef. It’s the caye furthest offshore from Belize’s mainland. If you plan on visiting Lighthouse Reef during your stay at the cayes, most visitors set out there from nearby San Pedro.
The Great Blue Hole
Along the Lighthouse Reef atoll is a huge circular hole known as the Great Blue Hole. This giant chasm in the sea measures over 400 feet deep and 1,000 feet across! If you plan to dive the Great Blue Hole, you’ll have to have the proper certifications. The Hole exceeds the depth limit of Open Water Certified Diving by just a few feet. But the extra certification will certainly pay off – especially if you dream of diving with sharks!
Shark diving is a rather extreme sport that’s been gaining in popularity quite a bit over the past decade. And while you can dive just about anywhere, you won’t be that lucky if you’re trying to dive with sharks. Fortunately, the Great Blue Hole has already extended an invitation – to the sharks, that is. This area is home to several different breeds of shark: reef sharks, bull sharks, tiger sharks, and even the elusive hammerhead. So if you or your family is dying to swim with sharks, don’t miss out on visiting Belize’s Great Blue Hole!
All in all, if you’re looking for a little ocean adventure, San Pedro on Ambergris Caye will be a fantastic place to hang your hat for a few days, weeks, months or even years!