City & Culture


City & Culture

San Pedro Town is in the south part of Ambergris Caye, in northern Belize. Its sandy streets are lined with wooden houses, seafood restaurants and beach bars. Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a channel in an offshore reef. It features dive sites with parrotfish and moray eels, plus nurse sharks and stingrays at Shark Ray Alley. To the north, Bacalar Chico National Park protects wildlife and the Chac Balam Mayan ruins.



By far the most famous scuba diving spot in Belize, and one of the greatest in the world, this underwater cenote is spectacular. People should prepare themselves to see reef sharks, turtles and other marine life in a place like no other in the world.



If you wish to gain a deeper understanding of the culture, there are half a dozen major Mayan sites in Belize.  Altun Ha is the closest one to Belize city and can easily be visited on a day trip.  We recommend visiting on your last day since it is closer to the airport in Belize City.

Portofino Restaurant  is one of our local favs with an ocean view and a beautiful pool.

Portofino Restaurant is one of our local favs with an ocean view and a beautiful pool.


Ambergris Caye has Belize's widest selection of restaurants, bars, and lounges of interest to visitors. These range from inexpensive local spots and pizza joints to a few that are rated among the finest in the world. The emphasis is on seafood, of course, but many restaurants also serve chicken and pork. Lobster is usually the most-expensive item on the menu (in-season mid-July to mid-February), at around US$20. Pasta and Mexican-style dishes also are popular. After all that pricey seafood, an honest plate of Belizean Chicken with beans and rice will taste real good. Dress is very casual, even at the finest dining restaurants.


artwork by  Jorge Pandero

artwork by Jorge Pandero


In San Pedro you'll find a lovely Art Museum with local artists that create everything from portraits, abstract paintings, sculptures and jewelry.  There is an artist market on the North road, not far from the airport with local artisans that sell jewelry, dreamcatchers and more.  You can visit Caye Caulker for a day trip, which is a 20 min ferry ride from Ambergris Caye.  Take the opportunity to experience the Caye's up close and personal. We promise you won’t regret it.