Quick Facts about the island Ambergris Caye, “La Isla Bonita,” & San Pedro Town

Island: Ambergris Caye (pronounced as “key”, meaning an island) was named after large lumps of ambergris, a solid, waxy and flammable substance from the digestive system of sperm whales. Actually, Ambergris Caye is not really an island but rather the end of the Yucatan Peninsula. A channel, which the Maya dug, separates Ambergris Caye from Mexico. Today the channel is part of Bacalar Chico and is a marine reserve.

Neighborhood: San Pedro Town is the largest settlement and only town on Ambergris Caye. It is located on the southern end of the island.

Schools: Private and public including a high school and two junior colleges.

Supermarkets: American style grocery stores are conveniently located throughout the island . There are many more Belizean style mini-marts.

Food: everything available in the United States and more! (seasonal)

Celebrations: All Belizean holidays are embraced. Apart from the many different celebrations held nationwide, Ambergris Caye has four special occasions: Costa Maya Festival, Carnival, San Pedro Day, and Township Day. San Pedranos also join in celebrating everyone’s holiday.

Nightlife: Restaurants, bars, nightclubs – something for everyone; but most of the town is in bed by 10PM for early fishing or diving the next day.

Transportation: Bicycles and golf carts are the way to go; a limited number of cars are allowed by permit only. It keeps the island quiet, safe and quaint.