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How to Spend 1 Day on Ambergris Caye

How to Spend 1 Day on Ambergris Caye

With its beautiful beaches, abundance of local eateries, and easy access to fantastic snorkeling, scuba diving, and water-sports opportunities, it’s easy to find ways to spend your time on Ambergris Caye. But with even just one day on Belize’s largest island, you’ll be able to experience some of the best it has to offer. Here’s how. 

Morning: Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Start your day off with a visit to the expansive Hol Chan Marine Reserve, a short boat ride south of Ambergris Caye. This popular snorkeling and diving area is known for its variety of tropical fish and coral, particularly in the Maya and Shark Ray Alley areas. A variety of options exist for visiting the reserve, with plenty of half- and full-day snorkeling trips; for something a little different, consider a tour by Snuba, a sort of hybrid scuba-snorkeling device with an air hose that allows even inexperienced divers to go deeper than they could with a regular snorkel.

Afternoon: View from the Sky

In the afternoon, head back to shore for lunch. While you may want to spend the rest of the day lazing around on the beach, it's worth at least considering changing your perspective of Ambergris Caye by viewing it from the sky. Options include parasailing adventures suitable even for first-time fliers. If you’re willing to splurge, you can also hire a helicopter to take you on a private tour out over the Belizean Barrier Reef and the gargantuan Blue Hole, the world's largest oceanic sinkhole and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Evening: Culinary San Pedro

Devote your evening to trying out some local food. The San Pedro town center has all sorts of options, from locally caught seafood to empanadas made to order; it’s also a good spot to pick up a bottle of Belize’s famous Marie Sharp’s hot sauce. For a more immersive experience, you can join a cooking class and learn how to make Belizean fare yourself, including the ever-popular fry jacks (deep-fried dough). The carts at the Truck Stop, a food-cart pod made of shipping containers, are another great place to sample local delights.

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Ambergris Caye Sunset Sail Tour on the 40' Sirena Azul Sailboat

Ambergris Caye Sunset Sail Tour on the 40' Sirena Azul Sailboat

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Watch the sun set into the Caribbean Sea as you sip rum punch aboard a 40’ sailboat, with a 3-hour sailing tour from Ambergris Caye. Enjoy a comfortable seat on deck, and listen to tropical tunes from the on-board sound system while the captain navigates the bright blue water. Sail south along the scenic edge of Ambergris Caye, watch for dolphins and sea turtles in the evening light, then spot the first tropical stars as you return to port.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$61.54
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$61.54
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Great Blue Hole & Barrier Reef from Grand Caribe Heliport

Great Blue Hole & Barrier Reef from Grand Caribe Heliport

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Enjoy magnificent aerial views of the Great Blue Hole of Belize on a private helicopter tour. Your 65-80 minute scenic flight departs from our new Grand Caribe Heliport, Ambergris Caye, you'll then wind across views of the spectacular Belize Barrier Reef System as well as the Turneffe Atoll island cluster and other natural wonders of the Caribbean. Followed by hovering above the world's largest ocean sinkhole, which boasts UNESCO World Heritage status.
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  • 1 hour 5 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes
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$871.80
Price varies by group size
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$871.80
Price varies by group size

Secret Beach Barbecue with Fishing and Snorkeling

Secret Beach Barbecue with Fishing and Snorkeling

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Set sail for a full day of fishing and snorkeling in the clear waters off Belize’s barrier reef. Departing from San Pedro, spend the morning reef fishing with the help of expert guides before savoring a traditional Belizean barbecue on Secret Beach, a sandy slice of paradise on Ambergris Caye. Later, get an up-close look at the reef’s tropical fish on a snorkeling adventure.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$350.00
Price varies by group size
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$350.00
Price varies by group size
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San Pedro for a Day Hol Chan & Shark Ray Snorkel

San Pedro for a Day Hol Chan & Shark Ray Snorkel

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The only English speaking country in Central America, Belize offers a unique combination of awe-inspiring aquatic experiences unlike any destination on earth.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$395.00
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$395.00
Taking safety measures