The Largest of Belize’s Cayes
More than 200 cayes (pronounced “keys”) dot the blue waters of Belize’s coastline — and Ambergris Caye is the largest of these islands. It rests about 35 miles east of the mainland, or in flight terms: just under 15 minutes between Belize City and San Pedro Airport. Less than a mile off Ambergris Caye’s eastern shore, you’ll encounter the magnificent Belize Barrier Reef – the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere. North of the island lies the Mexican Yucatan mainland, a significant influencer of Belize’s cuisine!
No matter the season, the island’s climate typically stays balmy at 80-95˚F, though nights will usually cool to 60-80˚F. Clouds will poke in their faces at any time, so pack for both rain and shine!
English speakers will be happy to learn that as a British Commonwealth country, Belize has made English its official language. But you’ll often find the locals speaking a creative mix of English and West African dialects called Creole (also known as “kriol”).
Located on the soulful island of Ambergris Caye, Belize, Mahogany Bay Village sits no more than 10 minutes away from everything good—downtown San Pedro, delicious eateries, shopping splurge opportunities, and Belizean wildlife. You can even embark on underwater adventures in clear, turquoise blue waters right off our nearby beach.
FOR TWO YEARS IN A ROW, OUR ISLAND REIGNED ON TRIPADVISOR® AS THE #1 ISLAND IN THE WORLD!
The small size of Belize makes travel extremely easy by almost any mode of transport. While on Ambergris Caye, golf carts are the way to go, while water taxis are the most popular means of getting from caye to caye to the mainland. Boats run regular daily routes between Belize City and several of the offshore islands.
Let’s go fishing
Belize’s impressive coral reef also supports an eclectic array of reef fish, including barracuda, jacks, grouper, and snapper. See them up close on a fishing adventure, where you can practice catch and release or if you’re a serious angler, test your and spin casting and fly fishing skills!
With its plentiful national parks and wildlife reserves, Belize is crawling with exotic animals on land and in the sky for your viewing pleasure! The country provides a natural haven for an estimated 145 species of mammals, 139 species of reptiles, and at least 500 species of birds.
But what has really made Belize legendary is what goes on beneath the surface. The underwater world off Belize’s coast is rich with diverse ecosystems of coral and sea animals, thanks to its barrier reef and other stunningly unique geography.
Immerse yourself in the cultural diversity of Belize’s many peoples. Belize has become a melting pot of ethnicities, including Kriol, Garifuna, Maya, Mestizo, Mennonite, East Indian, Chinese, and even Lebanese.
A tropical island composed largely of coral or sand.
I jus’ catch it*
* CREOLE FOR I just caught it
Behold the eye candy of Belize’s marine life! Clear, turquoise waters and sea creatures galore. Swim side-by-side with fearless sea turtles, friendly neighborhood sharks and perfectly diamond-shaped stingrays.
What does most Belizean cuisine have in common? That would be rice and beans — or as the locals say with heavy emphasis on the first syllable, “RICE-’n’-beans!”
Refuel and recharge at over ten different artisanal dining venues and bars, just steps from your door. Taste the authentic flavors of Belize with fresh, locally sourced foods.
Here, we catch and grow everything ourselves.
More than 200 cayes (pronounced “keys”) dot the blue waters off Belize’s eastern coast.