Recently named one of the world’s best island destinations, the island of Ambergris Caye is the largest island of Belize and is just one of over 200 islands located off the coast of the country of Belize. A twenty five mile long island, it is divide into 3 main areas for travelers. Mangroves, beaches and lagoons, make up the majority of this lovely island destination which is known as a popular adventure destination in 2014.
The history of European habitation dates back to the early 1500’s however, long before the arrival of European settlers, Ambergris Caye was home to large population so Mayan people who lived throughout much of Central America at this time.
While wilderness plays a large role in travel to this beautiful island, plenty of luxuries exist here as well. Spas resort, fine dining; shopping and other travel club type amenities are located throughout the island and make travel here both exciting and convenient. From tours to private time, take a closer look at a two of this divine island destinations top attractions.
Bacalar Chico Marine and Wildlife Reserve – One of the newest reserves in Belize, it is accessible only by sea and is located at the northern tip of the Caye. Popular activities here include diving, swimming, birding, fishing and of course water sports. The park encompasses intraisland lagoons, mud flats, sink holes, mangroves forests, savannahs, semideciduous forest and many animals in addition to being historic Mayan sites as well.
The Belize Barrier Reef – Located just a half mile off the leeward side of the island, the Belize Barrier Reef is by far the most visited attraction of the Caye today. The longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere and second longest in the world, it is a popular place for diving and enjoying the underwater world. Trenches, ridges, corals, diverse sealife and wrecks present plenty of opportunities for enjoying your time.
National parks, marine reserves and wildlife sanctuaries are found all throughout Belize and Ambergris Caye. Home to over 540 species of birds and many other creatures, visitors should be prepared to see many wild animals. Please remember, even the smallest and least “harmful” creatures can be dangerous when threatened. For their safety and yours, look and don’t touch. Be quiet, be careful and enjoy the view when visiting the natural regions of the Caye.
Island Trader Travel Club invites you to explore other island destinations with us. Take advantage of the island reviews and enjoy your travel club membership with Island Trader Travel Club.