Feel the warm sand between your toes as you revel in long, sun-soaked days on the pristine beaches of Belize's picturesque island town of San Pedro. Spend your days scuba diving through deep, turquoise-blue waters, snorkeling with exotic fish, and exploring lush, tropical hiking trails that lead to picture-perfect waterfalls.
Known as much more than the subject of a popular Madonna song, this gorgeous island destination is a world-class destination for scuba diving, dining, and relaxation. With no building taller than a swaying palm tree and an easy ferry connection to Belize City, it's easy to get here from just about anywhere!
Where is San Pedro?
Jump on the ferry in the mainland hub of Belize City and make the quick trip two hours north over the crystal blue waves to the paradise of San Pedro. Nestled on the eastern coast of Ambergris Caye, this small fishing town is surrounded by clear, vibrant waters perfect for scuba diving and water excursions. For those who want to skip the stunning boat ride and get right to the sandy beaches, there is an airport right in town that makes getting here even easier.
Things to Do in San Pedro
Wake up in your seaside vacation rental to the cool breeze blowing through your windows and grab a cup of freshly roasted coffee. With so many ways to enjoy the beauty of the island, the only hard thing will be choosing where to start.
As one of the premier scuba diving destinations in the world, San Pedro is home to a barrier reef that spans nearly 185 miles, giving you endless opportunities to explore unspoiled beauty. Rent anything you may need from one of the local dive shops, get a few tips from the locals, and book a spot on a dive boat. Or, snorkel around the Hol Chan Marine Reserve to see wonders below. Accessible only by boat, this five-square-mile, protected marine park offers visitors the chance to see vibrant coral and marine life such as stingrays, parrot fish, sharks, and eels.
If you wish to stay above the waves, there are still plenty of opportunities to get your adrenaline going! Feel the wind whip through your hair as your feet leave the ground when you parasail along the coast and see the white sand beaches and crashing waves far below. Jetskis, wave runners, stand-up-paddle-boards, and kayaks let you experience the sapphire waters as you soak in the warm rays of the sun.
If you're in need of some R&R, you might stay at one of our oceanfront cabanas in the vibrant town of Dangriga and relax on your own private beach! Of course, there are many places to grab a spot under the shade of an umbrella and catch up with a good book while soothing waves crash just a few feet away.
Just about everywhere in Belize, you can treat your palate to a wide offering of fresh seafood and local fare. With restaurants sporting casual atmospheres, your taste buds will be treated to unique and signature flavors that mirror the colorful culture and warm island lifestyle.
Fun Day Trips From San Pedro
Grab a quick ferry to stunning Caye Caulker to explore the rich history of the area before you check out the local shops and dining options. Take a Manatee tour to see gentle ocean giants swim through the ocean, or stay on land and see ancient Mayan Ruins that have withstood the test of time.
Make a day of reveling in the sights and sounds of vivacious Belize City. Raft or tube down rivers underneath the jungle canopy, and listen to birds chirping and singing through the trees before you fly down a zip line at one of the aerial parks.
With year-round sun, a welcoming local feel, and beaches that seem to stretch on forever, you'll be able to indulge your senses in everything from scuba diving adventures to lazy afternoons with an ice-cold drink on the beach. Come claim your own slice of paradise when you surround yourself with beauty in San Pedro.