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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.