At 25 miles (40 km) long and 4½ miles (7 km) wide at its widest point, Ambergris is the queen of the cayes. On early maps it was often referred to as Costa de Ambar, or the Amber Coast, a name supposedly derived from the blackish substance secreted by sperm whales—ambergris—that washes up on the beaches. Having never seen any ambergris in Belize, or a sperm whale, we’re not sure we buy this explanation.
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Upscale resorts dot the beach, but the atmosphere of this sun-and-fun town is strictly casual. Some visitors rent golf carts to get around the island.
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Take a snorkel tour to see the nurse sharks, rays, moray eels, sea turtles and colorful tropical fish thronging this marine sanctuary near San Pedro.
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This 1,000-foot-wide chasm, a collapsed undersea cave, is famed for scenery and marine life. Dive trips reach it on a daylong tour from San Pedro.
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It’s just 45 minutes by water taxi to this compact island with funky cafes and no vehicles, long a hangout for travelers seeking blissful relaxation.
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Recharge body and soul at these quiet, secluded retreats.
Night boat tours sponsored by the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary cruise through a mangrove lagoon to spot endangered crocs and other wildlife.
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