San Pedro, Belize
Immerse yourself in Caribbean culture during a stay in Belize’s San Pedro. Located on the southern section of Ambergris Caye, San Pedro is reminiscent of a postcard with its coconut palm trees dotting the shores, quaint guesthouses, boutique resorts and turquoise waters. San Pedro Town is the only urbanised section on the island and is typically explored by renting a golf cart, a bicycle or by venturing out on foot.
Fishing was once the town’s biggest industry; however, due to increased interest in its gorgeous landmarks and scenery, tourism has become number one. There are a few dive operators peppered throughout the island who take visitors to some of the most famous dive sites in the world. Diving around San Pedro is even fantastic for those who are only beginners.
Cruise ships anchor in Belize City’s harbour, where passengers can take a ferry to San Pedro’s terminal. This is approximately an 80 minute journey.
There are quite a few facilities located near the San Pedro Belize Express terminal, including restaurants, cafés, hotels, a shopping centre, transport rental shops and banks. On top of this, there are many local attractions nearby as well.
How to Get Around
One of the most prominent modes of transport in San Pedro is the golf cart. Many rent these, as well as bicycles, to get around the town. Others take to comfortable sandals or go barefoot before exploring the streets and seaside.
Travel times from San Pedro Belize Express terminal:
It is a 16 minute journey to Caribbean Villas
It is a 10 minute journey to Chuck & Robbie’s Scuba Diving and Instruction
It is a 6 minute journey to The Office Bar and Grill located in San Pedro’s Lagoon.
It is a 3 minute journey to Caribbean Villas
It is a 13 minute journey to Chuck & Robbie’s Scuba Diving and Instruction
It is a 2 minute journey to The Office Bar and Grill located in San Pedro’s Lagoon.
Currency – San Pedro’s official currency is the Belize dollar (BZ$). Coins come in the denominations of 1, 2, 10, 25 and 50 cents and BZ$1. Banknotes come in BZ$2, BZ$5, BZ$10, BZ$20, BZ$50 and BZ$100.
Time Zone – Belize falls under Central Standard Time (CST), which puts it 6 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Daylight Savings Time is not currently observed.
Weather – San Pedro is characterised by Belize’s tropical climate. Its hottest month is August, with temperatures averaging 29 degrees Celsius, and the coldest is January, with average temperatures of 24 degrees Celsius. June to December is Belize’s wet season, when Caribbean storms have been known to make landfall.
Bird Watching at Lalas Bird Sanctuary – Bird-lovers rejoice! San Pedro is home to a private bird sanctuary found south of the town at the Caribbean Villas. In this seaside forest, visitors are treated to an abundance of tropical trees and shrubs, including the gumbo limbo, the wild sapodilla, the coco plum and the bearded fig. Visitors can achieve a great vantage point on the ‘people perch’, where bird watching is at its prime. On the perch, tourists can take in 360-degree views of the Caribbean, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, San Pedro, San Pedro Lagoon and Chetumal Bay. Some bird species to look out for include white-eyed vireos, black catbirds, white-collared seedeaters, golden-fronted woodpeckers and the hooded oriole to name a few. Be sure to bring along your camera to take some stunning shots.
Diving and Snorkelling – Explore San Pedro’s magical underwater worlds by diving and snorkelling in some of its incredible surrounding sites. The waters are calm thanks to the protection from the barrier reef, and visibility in the ocean is second to none. The Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a world-famous diving spot home to tropical clouds of fish and multi-coloured coral formations. Marine life here includes docile nurse sharks, turtles and stingrays. Local dive shops like Chuck & Robbie’s Scuba Diving and Instruction rent out snorkelling and diving gear, and also take visitors on twice-daily diving trips to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and other unspoiled reefs. Stop by their beachfront shop in San Pedro Town for advice and more information on dive excursions.
San Pedro Lagoon – If you’re staying in San Pedro until late, pay a visit to San Pedro Lagoon for a beautiful sunset. Have a meal at one of the popular surrounding restaurants, including The Office and Barrel Bar; each have fantastic views of the surrounding reef and waters and visitors can enjoy delicious seafood and scene-setting music.