Ambergris Caye On your Own
It's the Belize you won't believe! After meeting your guide for this Belize excursion, you will be driven to the nearby airport where you will board a Cessna Caravan (12 to 14 seats) for your scenic 20-minute flight. During this Belize tour at 1500 feet, and with windows under the wing, you will be able to see the many islands that dot the world's second-largest barrier reef system.
Upon arrival in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, you will have approximately four and one half hours of free time on your own to shop for local gifts, sample the local cuisine, relax on the beach or explore and see why many describe it as the Caribbean of 30 years ago.
Ambergris Caye (pronounced Am-BUR-gris or Am-BUR-grease Key) is the largest of more than 200 cayes along the coast of Belize. The island is 25 miles long and a little over one mile from side to side at its widest point. Its history included Maya, European Pirates, and Mexican Refugees who fled during the Caste War. Their descendants make up most of the island's population today. Once dependent on the coconut, then fishing industries, the islands major source of income these days is tourism.
San Pedro Town, the only inhabited area on the island, is a small bustling village complete with colorfully painted wooden houses of Mexican and Caribbean decor. They are now home to gift shops, boutiques, bars, cafes, and restaurants. A short walk in town (which is only three streets deep) and you can feel the friendliness of the people and see the ease of their lifestyle as no shoes, tee-shirts, and shorts is the typical island dress code. The people of the island speak English, Spanish, Creole, and Maya all at the same time, making it their own island dialect. Most transportation is by foot, bike or golf cart.
San Pedro's restaurants range from seafood to burritos; from Italian to Chinese, but when in Belize, try the local cuisine (fish, barbecue, rice and beans, etc.).
There are no shopping malls here. You will find quaint little gift shops and street side vendors offering tropical apparel as well as the work of local artisans. These include local paintings, pottery, sculptures, handmade dolls, hats, baskets, beach chairs and hammocks.
All too soon, it is time to return to the airport for your flight back to Belize City.
Please Note:This Belize tour includes transportation to Ambergris Caye only. This is a self-guided tour. You will not be provided with transportation into the town of San Pedro. To place an order for this tour, we need the first and last name of EVERY guest, as it appears on the picture ID they will need to present at the airport. Your order will be refused if we do not receive ALL names at time of booking.
Reviewer: Victoria S.
What a great excursion, that almost no one knew about. Shore Excursions was the only company to offer an excursion like this. Also, did my due diligence and looked at flights to do on our own and this was still the best way to go, especially when getting us to and from the airport. We didn't have to call or wait. It was great and reassuring. When we got back to the airport, they were waiting and driver shared his knowledge with us about his home. The excursion itself was a lot of fun and low key, the only worry was keeping track of time to get back in time. We rented a golf cart for a reasonable amount and just went around the island, until we found places to eat. This place probably had the best meal on the whole vacation, including the specialty restaurants on the cruise. Robin's Kitchen, was sooo good and it was a road side shack, no less. The freedom of just riding around looking at the water, kicking it with the locals, was a blast! Best keep secret.
Reviewer: Amber Schmitt
This was the first time we had booked an excursion outside the cruise line and it worked beautifully! Easy to find the registration desk once we disembarked, taken to the airport and then a breathtaking, exciting ride in a small plane to Ambergris Caye . We rented three golf carts and had a great time exploring the island, drinking and eating on the beach and then flew back to Belize where our van was waiting to take us back to the ship. I was worried about timing but we actually had loads of time to spare.
Reviewer: Joe S
We enjoyed ourselves, but wish we would have had more time to explore and enjoy Ambergris Caye. The tour company was extremely helpful with transporting us to and from the domestic terminal. We chose the own our own package; recommend a guide we were lost and wandered, went the wrong direction wasting precious time on the island.
Reviewer: D'liese Johnson
We were apprehensive at first but this was an amazing excursion - truly on "our own". Private shuttle to a small airport in Belize. A quick landing on a remote island then landed in San Pedro. Rustic, quaint and hot (in Sept.) We went to Ramons Resort (not charge) and relaxed on the beach and purchased lunch. If you have time you can rent a golf cart and explore more of the island. Great flight back, with amazing sights, shuttle driver waiting for us so we made our boarding time. Reliable, helpful and friendly staff.
Reviewer: Dan Adams
If you have cruised a few times and if you want something a little different (or if you realize that Belize may not be the best stop overall). Memorable points - flying over the Caribbean for 10-15 minutes looking down is a great experience. The island has three main roads, renting a golf cart to zip around is a bit off the norm. For those concerned about safety, we never felt in harms way. We wondered the isle, found some great food, then hit the beach next to a little bar sat in the water and had a drink. (Great experience for older kids if they have not flown in a smaller plane. Smaller kids would probably not be a fit here - nothing bad but not a fit.) We made it there and back with plenty of time to get back to the ship.