Located on the island of Ambergris Caye, the largest island off the coast of Belize, the town of San Pedro is widely known as the entertainment capital of the country. The inspiration for the 1986 Madonna hit “La Isla Bonita”, San Pedro Town is known for its restaurants, bars, and lively nightlife scene while still retaining plenty of easygoing charm and is a popular spot for visitors to base their fishing, snorkeling and diving vacations thanks to its close proximity to the Belize Barrier Reef.
With only 10,000 year-round inhabitants, San Pedro is a shorts and sandals town (and sometimes even a barefoot town) with a historic downtown ideal for stopping to have a leisurely meal or sip on a cold beer. Although a few cars are permitted on the island, most residents and visitors to San Pedro Town prefer to get around by bicycle or golf cart. Once primarily focused on fishing, San Pedro has since grown to become the tourism destination of choice for visitors to Belize. Many of Belize’s most popular festivals and celebrations are held in San Pedro Town, including a raucous and colorful Carnival season, replete with paint and water “bottles”, the International Costa Maya Festival, and one of the country’s most popular lobster festivals.Just a short walk from San Pedro, visitors can escape to a more pristine and undeveloped Ambergris Caye, still home to an abundance of wildlife and tropical flora. Much of the island is still an old growth broadleaf forest that is home to dozens of species of birds as well as a bevy of reptiles, amphibians, and mammals.
With regular air connections from the mainland, it takes just 20 minutes to get from Belize City to the San Pedro airport, and most visitors prefer to walk into town rather than hail a taxi. All visitors are greeted by a sign that says, “Welcome to San Pedro, where you won’t be a stranger for long,” perfectly encapsulating the friendly, hospitable nature of the town.
For outstanding luxury accommodations within easy reach of San Pedro, consider Banyan Bay. The award-winning resort features modern amenities and is home to one of the most popular restaurants on the island of Ambergris Caye.