Best known as “the place to getaway,” Ambergris Caye encourages visitors to kick off their shoes and just relax. In fact, years ago a wise traveler to the destination coined the phrase, “no shoes, no shirt, no problem,” which still holds true to this day. At 25 miles long, Ambergris is the largest of the cayes in Belize. It’s located in the northern-most waters of the country, three-quarters of a mile west of the Belize Barrier Reef, and is surrounded by prominent dive and snorkel sites, including the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley.
The largest town on Ambergris Cay is San Pedro, which has a population of about 9,000, and is renowned for its barefoot lifestyle. The town boasts cobblestone streets instead of asphalt, and the primary mode of transportation are golf carts as opposed to cars; which lends to its quaint feel. Although this area boasts some of Belize’s hippest restaurants, funkiest bars and a whole host of hotels, San Pedro retains its relaxed atmosphere and remains far from the glitz and noise of a city.
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