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Fun Facts about Belize

Though small in size, it is large with options and adventure. The country is made up of lush tropical jungles, mountains, ancient ruins from lost civilizations, some of the best scuba diving in the world, the second longest barrier reef, and hundreds of tropical Caribbean islands to explore.

It is one of the smaller countries on the globe, spanning just 8,867 square miles or 174 miles long by 68 miles wide. For a size comparison, it is approximately the same area as New Hampshire or Wales, if you’re from the U.K. There are currently about 420,000 people living in Belize. 

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Why is Belize Easy?

  • English is the official language, but Creole (Kriol) and Mayan are also spoken.
  • The average temperature year-round is 85° F (29’° C)
  • The Belizean Dollar has been pegged to the US Dollar at 2 to 1 since 1973.
  • This means if a Coke costs $2 BZD it is $1 USD, or just cut the price in half.
  • Also, the US Dollar is accepted just about everywhere. 

Getting Around Ambergris Caye

Ambergris Caye is a relatively small island, 26 miles long in total and a little over a mile wide at it’s narrowest point. Getting around depends on where you are staying and what you want to do. Walking, bikes, golf carts, cabs and water taxi are the main forms of transportation used. The island is a mix of cobblestone, concrete paved and dirt roads.

The best way to get around Ambergris Caye is to rent a golf cart and explore north and south. This is a great way to get a full feel for the island and what the different areas have to offer.

Click through to learn more about Getting Around on Ambergris Caye.

Belizean Food

One of the great things about being on Ambergris Caye, is there are a variety of great local options to try. Everything from a $2 taco to a delicious meal that you caught on your afternoon fishing trip and had cooked at one of your favorite restaurants.  

Flying In Belize

Whether you are flying over the Barrier Reef on your way to San Pedro, or the lush tropical rainforest, I guarantee you will be captivated. Belize offers breathtaking views. Click to learn about the Six Districts of Belize.

About Ambergris Caye

Ambergris Caye is a relatively small island (26 miles), located in northeastern Belize. Friendly people, tasty food and proximity of the Belize Barrier Reef all make the island a special place. View a one-day San Pedro Itinerary.

Ambergris Caye Accomodations

The Island of Ambergris Caye offers everything from hostels to luxury resorts. Most hotels and resorts offer amenities such as swimming pools, and some have onsite restaurants. See Ambergris Caye accommodations by price.

Laurie Norton grew up dyslexic and was very challenged by the school. She never dreamed she would move to Belize and become a writer. A year after her move to Ambergris Caye, Laurie became an entrepreneur and professional writer starting tacogirl blog in 2007. Since then she has helped many people plan their vacations or move. She also has been published in Great Destinations Belize Guidebook, Moon Guide to Living in Belize, Insight Guides, Island Magazine several times and USA Today. Currently Laurie resides in downtown San Pedro and enjoys being a “city girl” on a tropical island.

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