San Pedro is one of the most popular destinations in Belize. The island is known for having a calm, laid back and friendly atmosphere. It is a nice beach town, with a hundred year old lighthouse in it. It’s culturally diverse and has a lot of experienced divers who enjoy going to see coral reefs.
There are an infinite number of reasons you should visit San Pedro, but here’s 5 big ones!
1. Mellow Caribbean Ambiance
With its beautiful beaches, mild weather, and cultural heritage, San Pedro is an ideal place for travelers to relax. The town itself has a laid-back Caribbean ambiance. This is because the town was founded in the late 18th century by settlers from the Cayman Islands.
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye is located in the Caribbean Sea and is the largest and most populated island in Belize. It's a serene setting to enjoy a laid back vacation. The easiest way to get around this tropical paradise is by golf cart.
Ambergris Caye offers a variety of activities from snorkeling, fishing, diving, shark feeding or just relaxing at one of the bars or restaurants. There's plenty to do in San Pedro from sunbathing to exploring the island's legend and rich history.
Ambergris Caye is also known as a great place for kiteboarding and windsurfing. Surrounding the island are a variety of marine life including reef sharks, stingrays, turtles and tropical fish.
2. Healthy seafood and low prices
San Pedro is filled with restaurants that serve fresh seafood at affordable prices. Some say that the best snapper in Belize comes from San Pedro.
There are different kinds of hotels and hostels in San Pedro that offer lodging for any price range. The town offers good internet coverage, which is important these days when you want to keep up with your friends on social media (like us!).
The town has a very vibrant nightlife; there are bars playing music both live and recorded by local artists, as well as sports bars showing games. It's safe to go out at night; violence is almost non-existent here, so you can go to sleep after having fun without worrying about getting mugged or worse.
The cost of living in San Pedro is low compared to other Central American countries like Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras; even lower than Mexico, its closest neighbor!
3. Easy transport from the airport in Belize City
Ambergris Caye is the most visited island in Belize and the most populated with the most tourist attractions, so Belizean companies have invested in making the island easy to access. From the airport, take a taxi to the Water Taxi terminals.
Water Taxis depart from the boat docks near the cruise ship terminal in Belize City and will cost $25-$30. They’re a lot of fun!
**Note that you can not take any other form of public transportation to get to this point.
The taxi ride is about 35 minutes to an hour depending on traffic. You’ll step off the water taxi into island paradise!
4. San Pedro Sunsets are the best in the world
What makes San Pedro such a unique and desirable destination? There are many things to be said about our island home, but the most significant and outstanding characteristic is the ever-present sunsets.
As you walk along the beach or ride down our scenic roads, you will often look out to the west and see a magnificent sunset painting itself across the sky.
The sunsets in San Pedro are without a doubt some of the best in all of the Caribbean. You can enjoy them from any number of bars or restaurants on the beach, from your own patio or rooftop, or even from a hammock at our hotel!
5. The nearby Blue Hole at Sandy Beach is one of Belize's most visited tourist attractions
The Blue Hole is a popular tourist attraction, and one of the most visited dive sites in Belize. The water in the Blue Hole is very clear and you can see the bottom at 40 ft. The hole is circular with sheer walls descending to 115 ft deep.
The water is so clear that many divers prefer to use natural light for their photos. The blue color of the hole comes from sediment and plankton that collects on the floor overnight and during storms. When the sun hits this mixture of sand and organic matter just right, a beautiful blue or green color is seen.
This beautiful blue color is seen at its best during sunrise and sunset.
In Conclusion: Trust me, it's worth the trip!
San Pedro is the kind of place you fall in love with at first sight. With white sandy beaches, turquoise ocean and warm tropical breezes, San Pedro is the ultimate island getaway.
San Pedro is also home to Ambergris Caye's best resorts, restaurants, bars and shops. You can be on the beach in five minutes - all within walking distance.
The natives are friendly and welcoming; they'll make you feel like part of their community from day one. And while there are more than enough activities to fill your days (fishing, snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, or just lazing on the beach), there are plenty of fun things to do at night as well (nightclubs, restaurants, and bars).
So what are you waiting for? Book your flight and come spend some time in San Pedro!