Ambergris Caye, Belize
Last year we starting reading and looking into Belize and after making another trip to Belize, this time just staying mainly on the island of Ambergris Caye in the town of San Pedro, Bill and I decided Belize is where we wanted to be. We felt like Belize had the best of everything to offer, it has the islands, jungles, Mayan ruins, they spoke English, easy access to the US and we could afford to live there. We thought, what more could we ask for?
Ambergris Caye is Belize's largest island in the Cayes and is the most popular destination in Belize, for expats and tourist. It has the largest expat community with a resort island atmosphere. Belize has the second largest coral reef system in the world. The reef lies 1/2 mile east of the Ambergris Caye shoreline and runs the entire 25 miles length of the island. This has made San Pedro Town the dive and water sports capital of Belize and Central America. The Great Blue Hole, Turneffe Islands, Shark Ray Alley, Hol Chan, Marine Reserve, Mexico Rocks, and Lighthouse Reef are only a short boat ride away.
San Pedro reminds you of the Caribbean of 30 or 40 years ago, before the boom of international travel. There are just three main north-south streets which are lined with wood houses and shops painted in bright tropical colors. Most people get around town on foot, bike or golf cart.
Ambergris Caye has the sun and heat of the tropics, but is cooled by the trade winds off the Caribbean Sea. Temperatures range from about 75-95 degrees during the day year round. The rainy season is May to February, with most of the rain following in the late afternoon and evening. Southern Belize may get up to 140 inches of rain a year, Ambergris Caye only gets about 40 inches per year. The water temperature stays pretty much around 82 degrees year round.
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