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Outdoor Activities in Ambergris Caye

By Viator, May 2014

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Ambergris Caye has numerous attributes that make it ideal for outdoor activities. The island is within a mile of the Belize Barrier Reef, is surrounded by mangroves and a lagoon and is closest to two marine reserves and two of Belize’s three atolls. 

1) The Belize Barrier Reef:

Half or full day snorkel or dive trips to Hol Chan, Shark Ray Alley and Coral Gardens are worthwhile to see Belize’s infamous underwater world.

2) Marco Gonzalez Archeological Site:


Head south of the island for some history on the island’s first inhabitants. Declared a protected site in 2011, Marco Gonzalez is the first Maya archeological reserve on the island open to the public. You’ll hike through a rainforest, spotting unique wildlife on the way and viewing ceramic pieces and ancient plazas dating back to 100 BC, where an estimated 2,000 Maya traders once lived. The site is best explored with a guide, although there is signage throughout. On the way back, note the gorgeous views along the route and stop by one of the luxurious hotels for a drink.

3) Sailing or kayaking:

Water sports rentals are everywhere on the island. San Pedro’s waters are relatively calm thanks to the nearby reef, which prevents high waves and makes it ideal for these sports.

4) San Pedro Lagoon:

The lagoon and mangrove side of Ambergris Caye is home to wildlife, from birds to crocodiles.

5) Island tour by bicycle or segway:

Renting a bicycle or segway is a great way to explore the island, from San Pedro town to the north and south. Begin with the three principal streets in town--Front, Middle and Back as locals call them--then head to the better stretches of beach, lounges and upscale eateries up north or south.

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