Articles tagged with: Ambergris Caye
We recently spent three weeks in Belize and, recalling a favorite trip from ten years ago, decided to travel inland to the town of San Ignacio, the capital of the Cayo district in Western Belize. As soon as we headed away from the coast the terrain became more rugged, green and mountainous. My excitement increased as we neared this teaming city. San Ignacio is more highly populated than Ambergris Caye – and I was hopeful that its food culture would be equally extensive.
Located in Central America just south of Mexico, Belize sits along enchanting turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Every year, thousands of scuba divers from around the world visit Belize in search of the perfect dive. Belize is home to three of four atolls, – a ring-shaped formation of coral reef – located in the Western hemisphere. This makes Belize one of the best dive spots in the world. Their crystal clear and warm waters provide great visibility.
Here’s a list of the best dive locations in Belize:
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One interesting project we’ve recently heard about is Sea Base 1, a permanent underwater research station and habitat planned to be located in the Caribbean Sea just off Ambergris Caye. Said to be the first-of-its- kind underwater facility combining coral reef research, education and eco-tourism, Sea Base 1 would house up to 25 aquanauts to live and work over extended periods of time in a submerged environment. Sea Base 1 is a non-profit company established by the late Dr Richard Cooper, a former marine biology professor, veteran underwater researcher and explorer who stressed that such research is imperative because coral reefs are “considered to be the ocean equivalent of a canary in the coal mine.”
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It is now clear that Maya traders paddled huge dugout canoes filled with cacao, jade, obsidian, cotton and other trade items up and down the coasts of Mexico, the Yucatan, Belize and Central America. In 1502, Ferdinand Columbus, the son of Christopher, reported coming across a huge Maya canoe with 25 paddlers carrying cargo and passengers.
What do you do if your family has different dreams and forms of relaxation for a summer vacation? Dad likes snorkeling and anything to do with the sea. Mom likes to be relaxing by the pool with a book and at the aromatherapy spa. The ten year old son likes the outdoors, anything to do with reptiles, animals, birds and plants. The teenage daughter likes horseback riding and cultures.
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In the coming months, a team of graduate students from Cornell’s Johnson School and College of Architecture, Art and Planning will work with the Belize Tourism Board and researchers at the University of Belize to examine the tourism industry and the costs associated with maintaining a sustainable destination.
The days were heavenly and the nights just magical. By the time we had to say goodbye we were like two teenagers in love again, and arrived back home refreshed and feeling able to cruise through the rest of the winter. Our friends all commented on our tans and how happy we looked (our new expertise at making mango daiquiris no doubt adding to their enthusiasm) and I’ll always be grateful for that night we decided to try Belize. To steal a line from the movie Casa Blanca, this is the start of a beautiful relationship, and a major addition to ours.
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Many scientists believe that Belize is one of the few places in the Western hemisphere that still has a healthy population of the American Crocodilians, commonly referred to as the American saltwater crocodile. That is now a matter of debate since it is believed that the American crocodile population is not at strong and healthy as believed.
Between technology and the city lifestyle we feel at times disconnected . We would love to enjoy the peaceful bliss of the spa above the Macal River or relaxing in the comfort of a magnificent Jungle Lodge. Sharing photos with my friends of your beautiful place has indeed made them think that one needs to stop and live vicariously at least once.
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The most popular beach destination in Belize is the beautiful island of Ambergris Caye.
The main town on the island is San Pedro and is very laid back and relaxed. San Pedro Town offers small beachfront hotels, lots of water activities, several interesting restaurants and a little nightlife too.
It’s only a 15 minute flight from Belize International Airport to the new San Pedro Air Terminal, and normally someone from your hotel will be there awaiting you. After checking in, wander down the beach to Cholo’s Sports Bar and have an ice cold Belikin, the beer of Belize.
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My husband and I first “discovered” Belize after he satisfied a Recreation Administration college course assignment with a report on Ambergris Caye. Learning about the Belizean people, their amazing history and their love for the natural resources is what enticed us to visit this unique country. What really stood out was how the local people turned the focus of their tourism industry toward proper stewardship of the natural resources.
One year later, in February of 2005, we were on Ambergris surrounded …