Choosing Transportation on Ambergris Caye- Insider Tips

When you think of vacationing on Ambergris Caye, you might picture palm trees, the barrier reef and lazy days by the pool.  Check, check and check. But did you ever wonder about just how you might travel around the island, should you want to explore or check out the restaurant scene in San Pedro Town? We’ve rounded up two local experts to help shed light on how they do it, and what is available for visitors.  Golf cart ride, anyone?

Taco Girl’s blog is a great source of info on all things Ambergris Caye.  Her page on local transportation, How to Get Around Ambergris Caye, is a thorough review of the various transport options available to locals and visitors alike.  A very instructive description of the San Pedro Town streets is also included:

“I’ll start off by giving you the basic fundamentals. “In town” is considered to be anywhere north of Tropic Air, up to Belize Bank. The streets in town that run parallel to the ocean (north and south) are: Listed from east to west; Barrier Reef Drive, or Front St.; Pescador Dr., or Middle St.; (which is the only street that takes you to the bridge to the north) Angel Coral St., or Back St. and Nurse Shark St. which is not used as much as the other 3.  Mile marker measurements begin at Central Park in town.”

Navigation is easy when there are just a handful of streets!  The descriptions of the main choices of transportation are spot-on as well, including walking, bicycles, golf cart, taxi, and water taxi.

Another local blog full of insider perspective is the San Pedro Scoop.  Rebecca’s recent blog post on island transportation, Should I Rent a Golf Cart on Ambergris Caye, Belize?, is right on the money.  Her frank and pictured descriptions of popular vacation activities and priorities discuss the pros and cons of one of the more popular modes of transportation, Ye Olde Golf Cart.

“Ambergris Caye is the most popular vacation area in Belize for a reason.  There is a ton of stuff to do.   (Here are my 11 Things to Do On Your First Visit to help kick things off.)  But do you need to rent transportation to do it?  The answer is…it depends.  It depends on how active you want to be, how much you want to explore the island – to eat and drink at different spots, where exactly are you staying and how much time you just want to lounge around relaxing.”

In addition to the article, there is a lively comment section with the real experiences of other visitors, what they chose to do and what they might change for a return trip to the island.  As with anything in life, your mileage may vary.  That’s part of the thrill of traveling to new places, the adventures (and sometimes misadventures) that you get into.

For even more information, visit our Traveling to Belize guide, which covers all travel logistics related to vacationing on Ambergris Caye and Belize.  Included in the guide is detailed information on getting to the island itself from the international airport as well as which resorts offer complimentary arrival transportation from San Pedro Town to your Sandy Point Resort.