AMBERGRIS CAYE - "Things to Do"
Marco Gonzales Site
Rum & Bean Coffee House
Crab Races at
Diving off Ambergris
Ambergris Caye, believe or not, is not the first choice of SCUBA diving devotees. For SCUBA think more of Turneffe Island, Light House Reef and the Blue Hole. But the Island offers easy access to some interesting dive spots. One of the more interesting is Palmeros Point, 12 miles north of the island. The reef starts off at 50 feet and then meanders through some small canyons before making a modest drop of 110 feet. This is described as one of the better dive spots close to Ambergris Caye and excellent for marine photography.
Other dive spots around Ambergris Caye include the Love Tunnel, so named because many people choose to get married underwater at this location. Divers launch from a canyon, and then glide to a cavern that has an opening in the roof that lets sunlight through. This is a drift dive that goes up to 80 feet underwater. Other dive spots of note in the area include Angle Flats, Eagle Ray Canyon and Cypress Garden.
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Hands down the Hol Chan Marine Reserve is the most popular aquatic attraction for tourists on Ambergris Caye. The reserve covers almost 7 square miles, and is located on the south end of island. Because of its close proximity to shore, you can be snorkeling in a matter of minutes.
Shark Ray Alley
Shark Ray Alley has been rated as one of the best animal dives in the Caribbean by Skin Diver Magazine.
Barrier Reef & Lagoon
Because the Belize Barrier Reef sits so close to the island, you can be snorkeling or reef fishing in a matter of minutes. On the lagoon (east side) of the island, this is a perfect spot for flat fishing, and manatee sightings and sailing.
Chris Summers heads up the nocturnal crocodile encounter relocation for the island. He can take you around to the various areas, where juvenile crocodiles hang out. While searching for that glowing pair of eyes, he teaches you everything you need to know about the crocodiles found here in Belize.
The Marcos Gonzales site, is situated on the island's south end, near Laguna de Boca Chica. These ruins, are currently still covered with dense jungle vegetation. They are estimated to be approximately 2,000 years old. It is believed that at its peak the ancient Maya civilization on Ambergris caye was about 20,000, Marco Gonzalez is one of 18 small Maya sites identified in the area. The site has seen significant re-construction, and it's definitely worth a visit, if you do not wish to travel to the mainland to see the more spectacular Mayan Ruins.
Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve
Bacalar Chico is located on northern Ambergris Caye. It is a longish trip, a little over an hour, but frequent stops for places of interest make this a worthwhile tour. Bacalar Chico is within the Belize Barrier reef Reserve System World Heritage Site established in 1996. On the way to Bacalar Chico the visitor will find excellent snorkeling spots along the way and even a nature reserve, Cayo Iguanu that is a nesting area for the red-brown egret and the roseate spoonbill. The ranger station at San Juan offers some small Maya mounds to explore and a nature trail. The tour includes motoring through the channel that the ancient Maya cut through what was then the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, creating Ambergris Caye and making it an island separate from the Mexican mainland
Ambergris Caye Nightlife
With Ambergris Caye being the number one tourist destination for Belize, it's noted for having continuous non-stop entertainment every single night. The beaches are lined with bars and restaurants, of your choosing. One of the oldest and most popular spots is Fido's, which boast of having live music and entertainment every day of the week. Other bars to consider are Wet Willies, Big Daddy’s and the Jaguar Temple.
Black Orchid Restaurant
Blue Water Grill
El Divino Restaurant & Bar
El Fagon Restaurant
Joto's Japanese Sushi
La Davina Provencia
Pier 360 at Banyan Bay
Rain Rooftop Restaurant
Red Ginger at Phoeniz Resort
Palmilla at Victoria House
Day Spa Treatments
Swimming in a Pool
Float & Drink at the Palapa Bar
Chicken Drop at Spindrift