Destination guide

Ambergris Caye _ a jewel of Belize

Sprouting from the Mexican border and jutting down into the cerulean waters of the Caribbean Sea, Ambergris Caye has long been celebrated for its natural wonders. Vivid coral gardens _ a section of the world-famous Belize Barrier Reef _ ring the shores, encircling vivacious towns like San Pedro and their medley of luxurious Ambergris Caye vacation rentals, Carib fish shacks and SCUBA outfitters. You can hop between the coastal spots on rattling golf carts _ the main mode of transport here _ and encounter wild mangrove swamps and glistening white-sand beaches as you go. It's a real jewel of Belize.

Things to do

Underwater aquariums in Ambergris Caye

The dive sites of Ambergris Caye are so teeming with marine life that they've taken on the moniker of underwater aquariums. You can splash beneath the surface of the Long Caye Aquarium to meet alien-like coral species and curious trumpet fish. Or, you can head out to the world-famous Great Blue Hole in the sea to the south-west. That dark, underwater sinkhole is packed with parrotfish and sharks. The town of San Pedro also has a clutch of small galleries and craft shops, like Belizean Arts and the Belizean Melody Art Gallery, all packed with trinkets and local works.


Encountering corals in Ambergris Caye

If there's one activity that magnetizes travelers to Ambergris Caye vacation rentals like no other, it's surely got to be SCUBA. Donning the tanks and delving into the underwater menagerie of coral gardens and rainbow-colored sponges, barracudas and lobsters, is top of the list for many. You should be able to organize excursions out to the famous reserves of the Belize Barrier Reef with ease, especially from the main town of San Pedro. Of course, yachting and fishing charters are also hugely popular, while others will prefer adrenaline-pumping windsurf sessions, or days of relaxing beachcombing.


Snowbirds love Ambergris Caye

There are plenty of reasons why Ambergris Caye vacation rentals are such a darn attractive prospect for snowbirds eager to flee the cold winters of North America. Most notably, the best weather in this corner of Belize runs from November to March each year. The wind is still, the days are warm, and the sea temperature can be a soothing 80 degrees. You might want to dodge the peak days that come with Christmas, New Year and Easter, though, when prices in the reef-side stays can go into overdrive.

Natural features

On the edge of the reefs in Ambergris Caye

Ambergris Caye is surrounded by some of the most famous coral reefs in the world. It butts up to a 190-mile-long stretch of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, making it a great stepping stone for exploring the multi-colored underwater wonderworld of places like the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the Bacalar Chico Reserve. Other natural draws include Caye Caulker and Shark Ray Alley, where you can swim with reef sharks and enjoy accessible swaths of coral where hulking manatees drift in the see-through swells.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Ambergris Caye

The nearest airport is in San Pedro (SPR), located 6.2 mi (10 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Caye Caulker (CUK), which is 19.4 mi (31.3 km) away.

Where to stay around Ambergris Caye?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 691 vacation rentals near Ambergris Caye. From 106 Houses to 75 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Ambergris Caye for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Ambergris Caye?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ambergris Caye. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Mexico: 31,216 vacation rentals
  • North America: 605,068 vacation rentals
  • San Pedro: 640 vacation rentals
  • Caye Caulker: 524 vacation rentals
  • Quintana Roo: 9,184 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Ambergris Caye! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Ambergris Caye?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ambergris Caye:

  • San Pedro: 640 rentals
  • Corozal: 24 rentals
  • Sarteneja: 20 rentals
  • Caye Chapel: 119 rentals
  • Cayo Espanto: 567 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Ambergris Caye?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Ambergris Caye are:

  • Caye Caulker Airport (CUK): 650 vacation rentals
  • Caye Chapel Airport (CYC): 585 vacation rentals
  • San Pedro Airport (SPR): 702 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Ambergris Caye?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Ambergris Caye. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Belizean Melody Art Gallery: 712 rentals
  • San Pedro Town Hall: 713 rentals
  • San Pedro Belize Express Dock: 712 rentals
  • Bacalar Chico National Park & Marine Reserve: 594 rentals
  • The Split: 671 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Ambergris Caye listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.