Beachfront Resort with Spacious Condos Facing Caribbean
There’s a decidedly laid-back vibe in Ambergris Caye, Belize, which was recognized by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the World’s Best Islands. By law, the buildings cannot rise higher than the tallest coconut palm, and locals often walk around barefoot to the island's shops. And while Ambergris Caye has all the makings of a Cancún-style party hot spot—miles of beaches and poolside bars, for example—Exotic Caye Beach Resort reflects the area’s serene sensibility. Located on Ambergris's southern arm, the resort has its own secluded stretch of beach, a yoga studio, and a private dock for launching snorkeling boat tours. Snorkel just offshore to see spiny lobsters, nurse sharks, and eel.
Under the shade of thatched-roof huts and palm trees, the hotel’s Crazy Canuck's Beach Bar serves a medley of specialty rum-based cocktails and frozen drinks. It's a popular hangout among locals; feel free to drop in during a beach cookout, an afternoon dice game, or a live band performance to get a taste of Belizean life. At the resort's other restaurant, Ms. Sara's Kitchen, chefs incorporate Mexican and creole influences into breakfast and lunch fare.
Each spacious one-bedroom standard condo includes a fully equipped kitchen, a living room, and a dining area. Sheer blue curtains and tropical landscape paintings channel the island setting and the ocean, visible from a private balcony.
Ambergris Caye, Belize: Small Island near World’s Second-Largest Barrier Reef
Ambergris Caye sits just off the northeastern coast of mainland Belize. It’s only about 25 miles long and 1 mile wide, but the island packs a lot of natural sights into its small landscape, including a series of low sand ridges, lagoons, and mangrove swamps. The island is situated just 10 minutes by boat from the Belize Barrier Reef, the second-largest barrier reef in the world, home to numerous rainbow-colored parrotfish and octopi.
San Pedro, the island’s only town, sits on Ambergris’s southern end, about a half mile from Exotic Caye Beach Resort. Formerly a small fishing village, it now hosts a variety of boutiques where you can shop for artisan crafts ranging from ziricote woodcarvings and Guatemalan jewelry to pinup photos of nude toucans. And while it’s the island’s commercial center, San Pedro reflects the relaxed vibe of the rest of Ambergris; most of the traffic here consists of golf carts and bicycles.
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