For its relatively small size (about the same area as the US state of Massachusetts), Belize has a ton of diversity! Ambergris Caye is a very popular tourist destination, but it’s definitely worth visiting the jungle areas of the mainland as well to experience the different geography, flora and fauna. Many people like to stay in one place and so will spend a week at Sunset Beach, taking a day trip or two to the mainland (any tour operator will pick you up at our dock & take you cave tubing, zip lining, and more!); but it’s also worth considering spending a few nights with us & a few nights in a jungle lodge!
There are lots of ways you can visit our island neighbor, Caye Caulker, where “Go Slow” is taken very seriously! There are no paved streets on this small island (actually split in to two by Hurricane Hattie in 1961; that divide is now called the Split) and it is a great place to spend a couple of hours or a day (or a week?).
How do you get there? Many tour operators offer a stop on Caye Caulker as part of a full day excursion that might include another activity, such as snorkeling at Hol Chan Marine Reserve or manatee watching at Swallow Caye. You can also hop aboard a water taxi and take the 25 minute trip over and wander at your leisure (just don’t miss the last water taxi back at 6:15 pm!).
What’s it like driving in a golf cart from Sunset Beach to town? Take a virtual “ride” with these recent guests (0:56-5:04; followed by some shots of town), and then “dive” with them on their Scuba School And Family Dive Center excursion (starting at 5:33)!
Bonus shots of the resort plus one bedroom Condo A2 in the beginning!
The following is from a May 2017 TripAdvisor review and posted with permission by guests who stayed in Condo B1, aka “Carolina Blue”. Don’t get too hungry while reading! 🙂 If available/found, links to more information on the businesses mentioned have been added.
The condo is large and has a kitchen stocked with any appliance or tools you would need, including a small dishwasher….We cooked most of our meals at the condo rather than eating in town at restaurants. Finding all the food we needed was challenging, but fun if you like to shop around…we called it “foraging for food.” U.S. Dollars (usd) are accepted in Belize…(1) US Dollar equals two (2) Belize Dollars (bzd)…all change is given in Belize coins. Our recommendations for various items:
GENERAL GROCERIES / PAPER PRODUCTS / MISC.
*Island City Supermarket: We had read that this grocery store was 10-15% higher than others in San Pedro, but learned from a local source that the store was under new management. We found their prices very reasonable and most items had not expired yet. (Tip: check all expiration dates [in all grocery stores on the island].) Ask them about their VIP Discount Card (10% discount off purchase of $20.00bzd or more, restrictions apply on certain items). Cost of various products: box of oatmeal ($3.50bzd, small bottle of olive oil ($3.95bzd), half gallon of 2% milk ($10.95bzd), one pound of sharp cheddar cheese ($19.95bzd), small bottle of soy sauce ($3.50bzd), one dozen eggs in carton ($4.50bzd; eggs are 3 for $1.00bzd and carton is $0.50bzd; tip: take carton with you each time you go to the store for eggs)
Even if you want to spend your entire Ambergris Caye trip doing nothing but lounge on a hammock—a perfectly acceptable way to spend your vacation!!—consider taking a half day Hol Chan Reserve/Shark Ray snorkel or dive trip. The Belize Barrier Reef is the largest in the western hemisphere and the second largest in the world; it has an abundance of gorgeous sea life that you don’t want to miss. Continue reading
The gorgeous Great Blue Hole is essentially a giant sinkhole (like a “cenote” on the Yucatan) which is part of the Lighthouse Reef Atoll. It is 980 feet (300 m) across & 400 feet (120 m) deep, in the middle of a shallow section of the Belizean Great Barrier Reef system and is a popular scuba destination made famous by Jacques Cousteau in the 70s.
Those wanting to visit the Blue Hole to dive or snorkel can do so by day trip through any of the popular dive shops on the island such as Ramon’s, Belize Diving Adventures, or Ambergris Divers. You’ll be picked up & dropped off at our resort for your excursion, will dive/snorkel at three different locations (Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye, and the Aquarium at Long Caye), plus get breakfast, lunch & an opportunity to see red footed boobies on Half Moon Caye!
The following was received from a guest shortly after she & her family got back home from their 5 night stay at Sunset Beach. Posted here with permission of course, and links to places mentioned added in case you want to find out more!
[Time flew} by but we had an excellent time. Judy took such great care of us and Chapin was wonderful! We absolutely fell in love with San Pedro and my husband is already looking for property there. The condo was just what we needed and my mother was so pleased with everything. I am sure you already know how great Judy is but I have to tell you she was a life saver for us. She was so patient and kind and answered all of our newbie questions. We just feel in love with her and wish we had more time to just hang out and visit with her. She is a keeper for sure! Guess that means we need to come back huh? Lol Continue reading
Belize loves a holiday & there is seldom an excuse needed to have fun…from Carnaval (February) to Lobster Fest (June) to the Holiday Lighted Boat Parade (December) and more, San Pedro is no slacker when it comes to celebrating!
We have our first radio ad running on local station San Pedro Breeze. How fun!
The best thing about a day trip to Lamanai Maya ruins is that you get a travel adventure as well as an educational and cultural excursion!
For my last trip to Lamani, Suya Tours picked us up in the morning and we headed out to cross the water over to the mainland. About 15 miles later we entered a lagoon that took us to the Northern River. While observing and learning about the mangroves, bird and animal life of the area, we were served a delicious breakfast burrito & OJ! It didn’t seem to take long at all before we were arriving at Bomba, a little town of 40 people, where our Suya boat would dock and we would board a bus. Continue reading