San Pedro city is located on the island of Ambergris Caye. It is about one and a half-miles long and in some places about a mile wide. Its history is rich, beaches are beautiful, weather is mild, and sunsets are amazing. This coastal town attracts millions of visitors every year because of its high-rise hotels, excellent snorkeling, beautiful water and magnificent white sand beaches, fishing and diving facilities. Although lined with souvenir shops and beach bars, San Pedro is not a typical tourist town. The town has wooden houses with Mexican décor and English colonial architecture. Two resorts located in the north of San Pedro have been featured in Fox's “Temptation Island” show. There’s a lot to do in a town like San Pedro, and you can’t get to all of it in a week. From the beautiful beaches, azure waters to the Mayan mountains, here's what you can do and see in San Pedro.
Things to do and see in San Pedro
• Tourist Attractions: Ambergris Caye has been featured in the list of Top 10 islands across the world that are the most desirable to call home in Islands Magazine. San Pedro is the main town on Ambergris Island. The biggest tourist attraction along this Island is the Belize Barrier Reef which runs parallel to the entire coast. The reef's beauty and richness make it a world-class scuba and snorkeling destination. The sand streets of San Pedro are great for walking barefoot. You can even hire golf carts to get around. The main street, Pescador Drive, is concrete faux-cobblestone. The town has numerous bars and three full-fledged nightclubs for dancing. You can enjoy Saturday night beach parties held by Belizean musicians. A must visit spot is the main beach of San Pedro – Secret Beach. Here you will find a taco truck, restaurant, palapa, second pier, and bathrooms. It’s remoteness will entice you if you're looking for pure relaxation during your charter vacation. There is a very interesting 2,000 year old Maya site near San Pedro, and is located at the south end of Ambergris Caye. Marco Gonzalez is a small Mayan site situated near Laguna de Boca Chica at the south of Ambergris. If you happen to visit Ambergris Caye in August, then don't miss the chance to attend the Costa Maya Festival where you can experience what Central America is all about. Other special events and festivals hosted in Ambergris are Independence celebrations in September, Columbus Day in October, Garifuna Settlement Day in November, and the National Festival of Arts in November.
• Diving and Snorkeling: San Pedro's biggest claim to fame comes as the best snorkel and scuba destination and rated top 10 in the world by many. Other superior diving and snorkeling sites are also located close by. Start your diving excursion with the Hol Chan underwater park, located just 15 minutes south of San Pedro. This underwater natural aquarium is full of vibrant marine life including parrot fish, groupers, snappers, royal fairy basslets, barracudas, even moray eels. Swim with nurse sharks and rays at Shark Ray Alley. You can also expect to see blue tangs, gray snappers, and trigger fish at Shark Ray Alley. Take a 15-minute boat ride north of San Pedro to reach Mexico Rocks. This beautiful area offers excellent visibility and opportunity to see horse-eye jacks, Nassau groupers, lobsters, barracudas, sand sharks, and spider crabs. If you are planning to get married in Belize, then Love Tunnel near San Pedro is the perfect option. Other spots that attract divers in the area include Angle Flats, Eagle Ray Canyon and Cypress Garden. Bacalar Chico is an excellent snorkeling spot, but along the way to this site you can find a nature reserve - Cayo Iguanu. The Great Barrier Reef site near Ambergris Caye is perfect for enjoying a great variety of water sports, including diving, snorkeling, and fishing. You can extend your diving excursion to visit other nearby cayes for underwater exploration, such as Turneffe Islands, Great Blue Hole, Lighthouse Reef and Glover's Reef.
• Fishing and Other Water Sports: An island wouldn’t be an island without the opportunity to enjoy different adventurous water sports. You will not find a shortage of things to do in and around San Pedro. From paddle boarding, banana boating, fishing to parasailing, there are so many things to enjoy that will make for an unforgettable trip. Many avid anglers come to San Pedro to take advantage of the shallow flats which are known to boast tarpon, bone fish, and the ever-elusive permit. Apart from flat fishing, reef fishing can also be enjoyed by you and your family. Enjoy catching snappers, jacks, grouper, barracuda and other fish species. Once you are done with your fishing excursion, you can take a kayak to the Barrier Reef, or just kayak the area surrounding San Pedro. Parasail and enjoy a bird's eye view of Ambergris Caye as you fly above San Pedro and the reef area. San Pedro and surrounding coastal areas of Ambergris are an excellent spot for all levels of windsurfers, especially during the winter months. From beginners to advanced riders, the shallow flats offer amazing kitesurfing experiences in San Pedro.
• Wildlife Watching: Wildlife watching is becoming a rage on this island town. You can see other visitors glued to their binoculars walking quietly on the sandy streets in search of that special bird. San Pedro and other towns in Ambergris Caye are home to over 200 species of birds including endangered birds such as the black cat bird. You can expect to see white-eyed vireo, Yucatan vireo, great Kiskadee, black and gray catbird bird, chachalaca, common tody flycatcher, cinnamon hummingbird, parakeets, black hawk, yellow-bellied elaenia, black-headed salator, blue herons, laughing falcon, white-collared seed-eater, golden-fronted woodpecker, egret birds, and roseate spoonbill to name a few.
• Dining and Shopping: There are several restaurants in San Pedro where you can find European, Cajun, Indian, Chinese and Jamaican cuisines. Some of the popular restaurants where you can enjoy gourmet cuisines include El Fogon Restaurant, Elvi's Kitchen, Estel's Dine by the Sea, Geo’s Hideway & Meat Market, Island Time Beach Bar & Restaurant, La Hora Taco, Latitudes Cafe, and Mesa Cafe to name a few. There are a bevy of beach bars and night clubs in San Pedro for your entertainment, including Average Joe’s Bar, Barrel Bar, BC’s Beach Bar, Carlo and Ernie’s Runway Bar, Cholo’s Sports Bar, El Divino at Banana Beach Resort, Di V’u Dock Bar and Restaurant Formerly Wet Willy’s and more. There are many shops in San Pedro from where you can buy little souvenirs for your loved ones. Check out these shops when you visit San Pedro – Belizean Melody’s Art Gallery, Graniels’ Dreamland Wood Shop, Hummingbird Furnishings, RubiMoon Boutique, Sea Turtle Gift Shop, Wine de Vine, and The Rum, Cigar and Coffee House among others.
• Day Trips: Located just few hours by yacht or catamaran from San Pedro, Lighthouse Reef and Turneffe Atoll are great places for a day trip if you wish to explore their gorgeous beaches and dive sites. Hire a rental yacht and explore the beautiful beaches and dive in some of the best diving sites in the world when you visit these Belizean atolls. Other striking cayes located near San Pedro are Caye Caulker, Caye Chapel, Hicks Caye, Goff's Caye, Drowned Cayes, Water Caye and more. Take your own private charter and enjoy an opportunity to snorkel and dive in the Belize Barrier Reef in any or all of these cayes. You can spend a day at Rendezvous Caye that boasts mangrove areas and beautiful diving spots as well.
San Pedro and other towns of Ambergris Caye are a great place to indulge in interesting water activities, take part in the nightlife, relax on Secret Beach, shop for little souvenirs, and enjoy a wonderful vacation. If you are in Belize, plan to visit this magnificent small town in Ambergris Caye on board your own private yacht or catamaran charter and spend a week here! Contact Belize Yacht Charters to book your luxury yacht in San Pedro. Our charter expert will help you find the right yacht charter for your memorable vacation in Belize and San Pedro.