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Tip For Ambegris Caye, Belize With Kids

What’s 25 miles long, one mile wide and chock full of fun things to do? Ambergris Caye, an island off the coast of Belize.

With fine white sand, crystal blue water and the world’s second largest barrier reef, it’s an ideal beach getaway with kids. Here are my five favorite things to do if you visit this Belize island with kids.

 5 Things To Do on a Family Vacation in Ambergris Caye

golf carts are how to get around Ambergris Caye, Belize1. Drive a golf cart everywhere

The island is walkable but the primary mode of transport is golf carts. My golf-crazed hubby and kids loved it.  Towards the north end of the island, before the bridge, there is a place where you can  rive your carts on the beach. It’s a beautiful drive, past some lovely restaurants.

Tip: Do it in the late afternoon and you’ll find a great spot to watch the sunset.

2. Snorkel

Plenty of tour providers leave from San Pedro for snorkeling trips to the barrier reef. We went with SEAduced for the Caye Caulker day tour and had a fine time.

snorkeling off of Ambergris Caye, BelizeThe first stop was Hol Chan Marine Reserve where there is a natural cut in the barrier reef, which is as shallow as five feet in some places.  The kid’s enjoyed the 45 minutes we spent snorkeling and were even able to spot some fish and corral. We brought our 2-year-old’s floating ring* and our 4-year-old wore a life vest.

The next stop was Shark Ray Alley where you do indeed get to  swim with the sharks. The sharks are much more interested in their food than you. Nevertheless, my kids decided to skip this experience.

After this, the tour stops at Caye Caulker (above, pronounced Key Cawker), the quaint sister island to Ambergris Caye. Five-miles long by 1-mile wide (with some 30 tiny hotels on it!), it’s a lovely place to enjoy a lazy lunch, sample freshly made ice cream and savor a stroll along the beach. We managed to tire the kids out enough that they were happy to chill out on the bouncy deck of the catamaran for the trip back.

3. Hit the Beaches

ambergris caye beach, BelizeThere are many beaches to choose from on the island. One of the favorites, Ramon’s Village, is easy with kids. It has a restaurant on the water. Our little kids were happy to play in the sand and wade in the water to spot fish. Bigger kids and grown-ups can jump of a boardwalk jutting out into the sea to swim or snorkel.  We had a great day.

4. Dine Al Fresco

rojo lounge off of Ambergris Caye, BelizeThe restaurants that line the beach are expensive and it can be hard to find any real treasures. Our favorite, Rojo Lounge, was a 5-mile, $10 water taxi ride north of the island. Decked out with beach-front lounge chairs, hammocks, a pool and a bar as well as the restaurant, it can provide a whole day out. We spent about five hours there, swimming, chilling and eating the best pizza on the island.

Tip: If you miss the 3:30 boat back, make sure you ask the friendly staff to call the water taxi to retrieve you in time for the 5:30 speedboat back to San Pedro.

5. Try the Chicken Drop

chicken drop on Ambergris Caye, BelizeEvery Thursday night in San Pedro a game of Chicken Drop, happens on the beach. Your child will think it’s hysterically funny.

Here’s how it works: There is a large square checker board in the sand with 100 numbers on it. One lucky person gets catch the chicken, rotate it in a circle, blow on its bottom for good luck and then release it on to the board.

Once the chicken is on the board the crowd yells and screams to encourage it to poop. Whatever number the chicken poops on, wins. But there’s a catch! The winner has to clean up the poop before claiming her prize.

Between drops the kids took to the board for some dancing or played in the sand. During the game they giggled a lot that all the adults were waiting for the chicken to poop. We hope you get to visit magical Ambergris Caye in Belize with your kids. Maybe you’ll even get to throw the chicken!

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Belize is an upcoming destination for family vacations. Here re 5 Things to do with kids on Ambergris Caye, the popular island off the Belize Coast.

Erin Bender and her family rented out their house, packed their bags and left town with a 2 & 3-year old more than 500 days ago. They have traveled from the jungles of Bali to the beaches of Thailand, across the US, Mexico and Guatemala. And they’re still going! You can share their journey on their TravelwithBender, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

*FamiliesGo! does not necessarily recommend using an inflattable ring as a swim aid or flotation device.


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  1. Mary {The World Is A Book}
    November 21, 2013 at 1:50 am — Reply

    We were only in Belize for a day for a cruise stop and would love to go to Ambergris Caye. I’ve always heard such wonderful things about it.

  2. Mike
    November 20, 2013 at 1:01 am — Reply

    The water looks so spectacular and inviting for snorkeling, Erin! And how fun on the Chicken Drop game as it looks like there were a lot of participants! But, you had me for sure at the “best pizza…” That will always sell me. Good post! 🙂

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  4. Marcia
    November 16, 2013 at 12:46 pm — Reply

    Ahhh, this sounds like heaven – for adults and kids.

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