Belize is a wonderfully unique vacation destination. Visitors are enchanted by its unusual mix of Caribbean, Latin and European cultures. As a former British colony, English is the official language. And, despite its relatively small size (slightly larger than Massachusetts or Wales), it offers a variety of terrain — from barrier reefs to rain forests — and therefore, plenty of opportunities for exploration and adventure.
Ambergris Caye is the largest of a series of barrier islands that line Belize’s coastline. The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the longest in the Western Hemisphere and second longest in the world, is just one-half mile off the shore of Ambergris Caye. Renowned for the tremendous abundance of life, the reef offers some of the world’s best diving and snorkeling.
Diving and snorkeling:
Ambergris Caye is famous for diving and snorkeling. Just outside Paradise Villas’ front gate on the left, on the pier next to ours, is Reef Adventures Dive Shop, offering a 10% discount to our Paradise Villa guests. reefadventures.net Our guests have enjoyed their diving and snorkeling experience with Reef Adventures for many years.. They can also fishing trips, mainland tours, or any other excursion. Dive excursions — from 2 hours to 3 days — are available from a variety of excellent dive shops in San Pedro.
For snorkeling, we highly recommend the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Hol Chan is Mayan for ‘little channel.” This sanctuary was officially established in 1987, and since then the return of all species of fish has been quite dramatic. With reefs as shallow as 4 feet, this protected area is only a 10-minute boat ride from San Pedro. Or sign up for an all-day snorkel and picnic trip…your boat crew will catch your lunch and barbecue the freshest fish you’ve ever had!
Fishing & Deep Sea Fishing:
Belize is a Mecca for all types of fishing, all year round. Please click on the fish photo on the left for extensive information on fishing choices.
Jet-skis, wave-runners and parasailing are available from a number of operators, including Fidos Fun Sports.
Take a bicycle tour of Ambergris Caye…the scenery is beautiful and the island is longer than you’d think! Bike rentals are available throughout San Pedro. Joe’s bike Shop is a short walk from Paradise Villas.
Rent a Golf Cart:
Though you need no transportation other than your feet to get around San Pedro, the most common means of motorized island transportation is the golf cart. Our property manager can arrange for a golf cart which will be delivered to you at Paradise Villas.
Visit the art galleries and crafts shops in San Pedro. We have some of the best artists in Central America. Shops are typically open until 9:00 or 10:00 in the evening.
There is always something happening on Ambergris Caye, whether you want to go dancing or just enjoy good music.
Start your day with delicious breakfast at Estel’s or Lilly’s Treasure Chest, a few minutes down the beach from Paradise Villas. Where else will you see a restaurant with sand on the floors? San Pedro has a variety of wonderful and affordable restaurants. For dining information, click the photograph on the right.
Have you heard of Altun Ha, Lamanai or Tikal? Take a trip away from the island to see these great Mayan Ruins. These tours can combine a visit to the ruins with the Belize Zoo, cave tubing, jungle zip line, a birding trip or the tropical rain forest. Tours to ruins, the zoo, and other parts of Belize can be arranged by any of the several tour operators on the island. Click on the picture on the left for a link to more information.
Enjoy the smiling faces of some of the world’s friendliest people. And remember, English is Belize’s native language.
The Ocean as well as our pool await you. Paradise Villas has pier with an enclosed swimming area protected from boats, safe for children(supervised by you of course). A reef generation project was started last year just at the edge of the swimming area. See the new coral growing and lots of juvenile tropical fish.
Recently opened, the Isla Bonita Tennis and Health Club has two tennis courts, gym equipment, and a 4,000 square foot pool. Located by the airstrip, you can use the workout facilities even if you are a visitor to the island. They have daily and weekly rates. The Train Station, located on the beach at the north end of town a 10 minute walk, has a modern well equipped gym.
Several yoga studios are operating on the island. By far the most unique is Ak’Bol Yoga Retreat. Located 1 ½ miles north, a nice walk or ride. Enjoy daily classes under the palapa over the sea. Ak’bols Soul Kitchen is open 7am-8pm. Ak’Bol.com
Relax! Lie around and do nothing; you are, after all, on vacation!
You can walk to anything in San Pedro from Paradise Villas in a few minutes!