Ambergris Caye, Belize: where it is, when to go and what to see

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Ambergris Caye is the largest island in Belize, known for its still very "naturalistic" lifestyle characterized by the possibility of being able to turn barefoot. Located in the northern waters of the country, it is surrounded by the most beautiful and famous places for diving and snorkelling lovers.


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. What to see and what to do: beaches and places of interest
  5. How much does a vacation in Ambergris Caye cost? Prices, offers and advice
  6. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 13.000
  • Capital: San Pedro
  • Languages: Catalan, Cebuano, German, English, Spanish
  • Local currency: Belize dollar (€ 1,00 = Belize dollar 2,30)
  • Weather: the climate is tropical, hot all year round, with a sultry and rainy season from June to October, and a less hot season from November to February
  • vaccinations: Yellow fever vaccination certificate is mandatory for travelers over one year of age from countries at risk of disease transmission
  • Entry requirements: the passport must necessarily have a residual validity of at least six months, at the time of entry into the country. The entry visa is not necessary for tourists, unless the stay exceeds 90 days. It is mandatory to have a return flight ticket and the necessary currency for the expenses of the stay.
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    Ambergris Caye is the largest island in Belize, South America, and a major tourist destination in the country.

    How to reach us

    • From Milan or Rome: Air France, Iberia and Vueling are the three airlines that cover the route to Belize from Rome. The scheduled flights all have two stopovers, respectively in Madrid and San Salvador, Iberia and London Miami la Vueling, from the first, Belize can be reached in 50 minutes while, for the second it takes 2 hours and 30. The total duration of the trip can vary from 20 to 50 hours, depending on the duration of the stopovers, which can also last a whole day. Delta Air Lines starts from Milan, a flight with a stopover at John F. Kennedy airport and Atlanta, from where Belize can be reached in about 2 hours and 30. Also in this case the duration of the trip varies from 20 to 30 hours.
      flights from Rome from € 603,00 - flights from Milan from € 499,00
    • From the main European capitals: from London, several airlines leave for Belize but the ones with the most convenient travel solutions are Virgin Atlantic, United and British Airways. The trip, for all three companies, has a total duration ranging from 23 to 24 hours, and includes only one stopover in: Los Angeles for Virgin and British Airways, from here Belize can be reached in 5 hours of night flight , and in Newark for United, also from here Belize is about 5 hours. Also from Pargi the departing companies are different but, the most convenient, in economic and time terms, are Air France, American and Delta, all three with travel solutions at one stop, Air France it also offers other possibilities. The total duration of the flight is from 23 to 31 hours, with a stopover in Los Angeles for Air France and Delta, which is about 5 hours from Belize, and in Miami, two hours from Belize, in the case of America. Air France, United and Swiss depart from Berlin instead. The overall duration of the trip goes from 26 to 33 hours, and includes a stopover in Paris and Los Angeles for Air France, a stopover in Newark for United and Swiss, which makes the first stop in Zurich.

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: the climate is tropical, hot all year round, with a sultry and rainy season from June to October, and a less hot season from November to February. During the cooler months (December, January and February) the average temperature is around 23 degrees in the north, 24 ° C in the south and 25 ° C on the Ambergris Caye island, with highs around 26/27 degrees. The sea in Belize is warm all year round in fact it reaches a temperature ranging from 27 ° C in the January-March period, to 29 ° C in the summer months.
    • Best time: from February to April, when the rains are scarcer, and the heat is not as sultry as in the following months. January is in the cool period, even if it is a little rainier, but all in all it can already be fine.
    • Period to avoid: In the period from June to November, Belize can be affected by hurricanes, more likely in September and October.
    • Advice: from December to March pack light clothes, a sweatshirt or sweater for the evening and windy days. From April to November, bring summer clothes, a sun hat, sunglasses, a light sweatshirt and a light raincoat for thunderstorms. Don't forget snorkeling equipment, water shoes or rubber soled shoes for the reef, and comfortable shoes for visiting Mayan sites

    What to see and what to do: beaches and places of interest

    1. Half Moon Caye and Turneff Island: coral atolls where flora and fauna thrive and live undisturbed, can be reached starting from different points of the coast
    2. Hol Chan Marine Reserve: it is located near San Pedro, and is a sort of interruption within the coral reef, characterized by shoals or areas where the water is very low. The reserve was established in the 80s and today is home to over 160 species of fish, as well as forty types of coral, five species of sponges, two sea grasses, three species of sea turtles and three marine mammals. Paradise for snorkelers, the reserve is divided into several areas that can be visited separately
    3. Blackadore Caye: is a small island west of Ambergis Caye, and is owned by Leonardo di Caprio. The actor plans to make the island an eco-paradise for tourists by increasing the biological health of the species that inhabit the island and of the waters
    4. Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve: is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is located in the northern part of Ambergis Caye. Nature reserve, the park enjoys a great diversity of habitats including swamps, grasslands, various tropical forest complexes, a rare shoreline, or beach, and a forest
    5. Belize Barrier Reef: consists of a series of coral reefs, which stretch across the coast of Belize. Paradise for snorkelers, it is home to around 500 species of fish, 36 corals and hundreds of different invertebrates. To date, the barrier has only been discovered at 10%
    6. Belizean Arts: located under the large palapa roof of the Fido, this venue / bar / bazaar offers a wide selection of local handicrafts and a good selection of colorful paintings
    7. San Pedro: is the main settlement of Ambergrisis Caye. The village, made famous by Madonna's song "Isla Bonita", is located in the southern part of the island and embraces the two coasts.
    8. The Mayan sites: they are scattered all over Belize. Very well kept and less crowded than those of their Mexican cousins, these are mostly concentrated near San Ignacio and Belize City

    How much does a vacation in Ambergris Caye cost? Prices, offers and advice

    Prices in Ambergris Caye are close to the Italian average, with places more or less cheap. In fact, it is not uncommon for restaurants where the average cost of a three-course meal for two people, in a mid-range restaurant, is around € 29,00, and others where, for the same meal and menu, the expense incurred is € 35,00. As for the cost of the stay, on the other hand, per night it is quite high: in a 2-star hotel, the average cost is around € 64,00, which drops to € 18,00 for hostels. The prices for renting a car are also quite high, from € 100,00 upwards, compared to the cost of public transport, € 1,70 for a single journey ticket or € 20,00 for the monthly pass, and that of taxis: € 2,20 initial price and € 1,40 per kilometer.

    • Hotel and b & b starting from € 29,00 per room -
    • starting from € 603,00 -
    • Return flight + stay 15 days / 14 nights in 3-star hotel or b & b starting from € 1.641,00 -

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