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In the last post you found out where Belize is, today we will venture to the town of San Pedro (La isla bonita) on Ambergris Caye. A diamond in the midst of a gold mine, San Pedro has a much to offer from next to none scuba diving and fishing to chilling on clean sandy beaches and having a cold Belikin.
Today you will learn how to find San Pedro, Ambergris Caye – Belize.
Get ready to travel…
Pull out your globes and look for the coordinates 17°55′17″N 87°57′40″W, you will find the town of San Pedro on beautiful Ambergris Caye; 25 miles away from Belize City, Ambergris Caye is the largest and most northern island in Belize. During the Mayan period, Ambergris Caye was a trading post. Ruins have been excavated throughout the island, including the Marco Gonzales site, the Basil Jones site, and in San Pedro town. Traveling by golf-cart, bicycle or by foot, San Pedro is one of the most awesome places in Belize. Starting off as a fishing town it is now a major tourist spot for diving and fishing.
The island’s history include the Maya, European Pirates, and Mexican Refugees who fled during the Caste War. San Pedro was granted the status of a town in 1848. Its inhabitants are known as San Pedranos. English is the main language spoken, however many people speak Spanish. Today Ambergris Caye is a world class destination for Diving & Snorkeling. Ambergris Caye also offers a variety of Water Sports including Sailing, Fishing, windsurfing, para-sailing, kite surfing, canoeing, kayaking and even glass bottom boat tours.
Getting to San Pedro is easy and quick, you can get on a 20 minute flight from Belize City via local Tropic Air or Maya airlines or by hoping on one of the local water taxis. There is one main street named Barrier Reef Drive/Pescador Drive.
The main means of transportation are golf carts however bicycles, scooters, and some cars and vans are also available. The streets are sandy and unpaved so be sure to leave your fancy clothes and high heel shoes at home. There are no traffic lights, no freeways or highways, and no high-rise buildings. The atmosphere on San Pedro is very casual. The dress of the day is usually shorts and sandals (if you can’t handle being barefoot).
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Home to the Shark Ray Alley, located five miles southeast of San Pedro Town, is a major tourist attraction featuring a chance to swim with Nurse sharks and Southern stingrays. These mainly docile creatures are attracted to the area by local tour guides who feed them during their tours and Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Mayan for “little channel” focuses on a cut through the reef (called a quebrada) which is little more than 25 yards (23 m) wide and 30 feet (9 m) deep about 4 miles southeast of San Pedro.
San Pedro played host to the first season of Fox’s Temptation Island in 2000, aired in 2001.