Ambergris Caye is the largest island that is located in northern part of Belize. It is one of the largest of the two hundred Caye’s that are along the coastline of Belize. The island is surrounded by the Azure Caribbean and is approximately 36 miles long and over a mile wide.
The Belize Barrier Reef is one of the biggest attraction site and runs parallel along the coastal region of Belize. The seaside of the island has jetties and dive shops that offer great opportunities to the dive sites and popular Blue Hole. Certified Scuba lessons are also offered by NAUI, PADI and SSI. Hol Chan Marine Reserve is the most popular dive sites because of the eminent reef beauty and richness. Moreover, its proximity to the town center is an added advantage as it’s only a ten minute boat ride.
It’s coastline is well protected by the world’s largest living coral reef at 190 miles long. The fishing industry was the island’s leading income earner.However, this changed gradually when they realized that the visitors coming to the island were attracted by the breathtaking waters, enchanting combination of the mangrove forests and the tropical environment, lagoons, sandy and sparkling white beaches and unique hospitality that the inhabitants demonstrated. It is no wonder then that years later, the popularity of the fishing industry has been replaced by tourism industry which is currently the major source of income earner for Belize.
The evenings on the island are spent in social arenas. Ambergris Caye is a favorite spot for food lovers. Most of the tourist flock the bars and restaurants in the island and get to enjoy the Latin music and reggae that plays in the background while sharing their day’s adventures. The menu is heavily influenced by the Mexican and Spanish delicacies like Chimole, Salbute, and Tamales etc. However, the seafood is a common delight. Most of the restaurants specialize in these delicacies such as conch, fish and lobster. The seasonal tropical fruits such pineapples, bananas, water melon, oranges, mangoes etc also adds to the array. During the day, those who don’t like diving can arrange for day tours to the Belize’s lush rain forest or the Maya archeological sites or my personal favorite, spend your day relaxing in the sandy beach.