This post is a little out of the norm but I thought you might enjoy seeing some beautiful lush island photos as we head full-force into winter here in Iowa.
I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Belize, specifically Ambergris Caye island (also known as San Pedro, Belize) twice in the last two years. I thought I would share some of the photos from these trips and highlight some of my favorite parts of Belize, along with islands Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker.
Flights typically land in Belize City and there are several excursions options available from the airport.
On my first trip, we went zip-lining in the middle of the jungle. The zip-line criss-crossed a river of alligators over and over. I’m not going to lie, this experience was absolutely terrifying for me. I’m glad I did it but I would never, ever do it again.
We also visited Altun Ha, an ancient Mayan city located about 30 miles north of Belize City. This site was so impressive as I have never seen anything like this. We were able to walk and climb up the ruins which made it really fun to explore. Learn more about Altun Ha here.
Exploring Ambergris Caye
Ambergris Caye is the largest island in Belize and is about 25 miles long. San Pedro Town is the heart of the island with lots of restaurants, bars, shopping and more.
Driving in San Pedro
You’ll want to rent a golf cart to explore the island in full. It’s so fun taking the cart down bumpy roads and finding new hidden gems. San Pedro Town is full of people, golf carts, businesses, taxis, tourists, animals… it’s great to spend a day driving around.
Ramon’s Village Resort
One of my favorite spots in San Pedro was Ramon’s Village Resort, for the great beach, gorgeous views and amazing food. Fairly commercial, and not the cheapest place on the island but with a rich history involving a fire and a hurricane, a story that you can read on the menu. While we were there, we saw American gymnast Simone Biles, who I assume was a guest at the resort at the same time we were visiting.
North Ambergris Caye
When you head north out of San Pedro, you cross a toll-bridge. The toll is $5 for a round trip and you usually only have to pay the toll one or two times. Heading north, there are a lot of fun sites to explore. Two of my favorite spots were the Truck Stop, a fun family-friendly dining area with four different shipping container restaurants to chose from. Don’t miss heading out to the back of the restaurant though… there you will find a pool, great sunset views, hidden coves, games and much more.
Another spot that soon became our favorite was The Dive Bar. We ended up there for breakfast a few times during our stay because the food was THAT good. Also, it offers a beautiful ocean view, the joy of playing with dogs that love to play fetch in the ocean and great service from the employees.
I’m including Secret Beach in a section of its own because it is that special. Ryan and I heard that Secret Beach is a beautiful place to watch the sunset so we headed out later in the afternoon one day. The road is pretty rough and it feels like you are heading to the middle of nowhere, surrounded by mangroves, however, for such a desolate road, there was a lot of traffic heading to and from Secret Beach.
The next day we went again, much earlier in the day and prepared to sit in the ocean. We really enjoyed drinking, eating and walking around in the water. It’s really shallow a long ways out so you can walk from bar to bar in the ocean with sand under your toes.
Exploring Caye Caulker Island
We took the same Belize Water Taxi to Cay Caulker island for one day. The enjoyable ride took about 30 minutes and cost around $35 round trip. This island in general is smaller, less commercial, has more beaches, is more photogenic and quaint.
I would go back to Belize again and again. Next time, I would spend 1-2 nights on Caye Caulker and also possibly spend more time on the mainland.
Have you been to Belize? What was your favorite part – tell us in the comments.
Thanks for reading.