Belize City may be the capital of Belize, but Ambergris Caye is rapidly becoming one of the most popular destinations for tourists, and the heart of Ambergris Caye is San Pedro Town. That makes it one of the ideal locations to look at whether you’re looking to invest in property or retire in Central America.
About San Pedro Town
It’s fitting that San Pedro Town is named after Saint Peter – the patron saint of fishing. Despite having undergone rapid development in the past few years, San Pedro still holds onto its personality as a sleepy fishing destination. The locals here are friendly and outgoing even though tourism has long ago outstripped fishing as the primary commercial purpose. Despite the presence of a dedicated airport, a variety of culinary options, and great shopping destinations, this isn’t a town dominated by high rise hotels and resorts.
Getting Around San Pedro Town
Things move a little slower in San Pedro Town, and the majority of the town can be covered on foot. English is the native language in Belize, and San Pedro Town has become one of the most popular destinations for expatriates, so you should have little trouble asking for directions or finding people of like mind to show you the ropes or help you have a good time. If you aren’t looking to travel entirely by foot, bicycles and golf carts are the most popular transportation options, and they can be rented all over town.
Exploring Ambergris Caye
If you want to explore the natural beauty of Ambergris Caye and engage in the outdoor activities that are so popular here, San Pedro is going to be the best place to launch your adventures. The sea is never too far away from San Pedro, and while you can spend your time just lounging on the beautiful white shores, activities like kayaking and windsurfing are also available. And the close proximity of the Belize Barrier Reef (less than a mile from town) means that you can snorkel, dive, or simply watch the local wildlife from a local boat rental.
Dining in San Pedro Town
San Pedro Town is still a fishing village at heart, and that means that seafood tends to dominate the menus around here, but there’s a surprising amount of variety to the cuisine on offer. If you’re looking to try local specialties, you have to try the ceviche. But lobster and conch are some of the most delicious hidden highlights, at least as long as you visit when they’re in season. If you’d rather stay in, the markets of San Pedro Town offer a wide variety of imported goods as well as some of the most delicious locally caught seafood you’ll find anywhere.
Staying in San Pedro Town
As San Pedro Town transforms into the top tourist destination in Belize, boutique hotels and resorts are becoming more prominent. Despite that, visitors can usually find something within their budget here. Hostels sit comfortably alongside five star hotels, and the town is small enough that you should be able to go anywhere you want without having to worry about the neighborhood in which your lodgings are located.
That increased popularity has made San Pedro Town a popular spot for investors and retirees alike. If you find yourself wanting to stick around, Salt Life Belize is a modern residential community that maintains the laid back island life vibe while offering a rich selection of amenities spread across 50 acres of land.