Ambergris Caye (pronounced key) is the largest of the Belizean islands. It’s roughly 25 miles long and half a mile wide, and is one of the most popular places for vacationers.
How to get there:
You can get to the island one of two ways. You can fly on a small regional plane for approximately $80 a person or take a $20 ferry from the mainland.
The town of San Pedro (made popular by Madonna’s son La Isla Bonita) is located on Ambergris Caye. It has a cool Caribbean feel with a great nightlife and plenty of places to shop, eat or throw back a few fruity beverages.
Many of the resorts are built just outside of the town and offer free water shuttles for their guests upon arrival. To make the journey into town from the resorts during your stay, you can either rent a golf cart from your hotel (most traffic on the island is restricted to golf carts) or you can take the water taxi for $5 per person.
The beaches in the cayes are not the greatest. If the plan is to hang out in the ocean and relax in waist-deep water, Ambergris Caye is not the place to do so. You will be hanging out in waist-deep seaweed instead. The beaches are narrow, as is the island, but clean. The hotels and resorts clean the seaweed each morning and maintain the waterfront to provide guests a great place to relax. If you venture just a little ways out from the shore (even at the end of some of the docks) you will find beautiful, clear water that is roughly 4 feet deep.
The Belizean cayes are known for the fantastic snorkeling and diving in the surrounding reefs, so if you’re traveling with kids who are old enough to snorkel, Belize is a great place to vacation. With babies and toddlers, I’d recommend sticking to a hotel or resort with a nice, peaceful pool.