From ancient Maya temples towering above rainforest canopies to the incredibly colorful array of marine wildlife in Belize’s Great Barrier Reef, this little country is the perfect place for anyone who is free of spirit and has adventure in their heart.
Belize is a country of various cultures, languages, and ethnic groups who live in harmony and religious tolerance. The country has a reputation for its friendly peoples. Courtesy is important to most Belizeans. It is not uncommon for Belizeans to greet each other on the street even if they have never seen each other before, or for acquaintances to spend minutes at a time chatting, oblivious to what is happening around them
Snorkeling and diving aficionados will find the second largest barrier reef in the world just outside their villa door at Isla Bonita Yacht Club. We offer underwater adventures for all skill levels and ages, including local marine parks for beginners and the renowned Great Blue Hole just an hour away for scuba experts.
Avid fly-fishermen will discover Belize’s undisputed reputation for some of the best bone fishing in the world. Chartered sport fishing expeditions of all kinds push off from and return to the Yacht Club’s private dock.
Lush, tropical Belize invites you: exotic Mayan ruins, bird watching, inland kayaking and caving tours, world renowned eco-tours, and more are within a day’s travel of Isla Bonita Yacht Club. Our talented and experienced staff will be pleased to arrange these or any other adventure expeditions for you.
Avid fly-fishermen will discover Belize’s undisputed reputation for some of the best bone fishing in the world. Chartered sport fishing expeditions of all kinds push off from and return to Isla Bonita Yacht Club’s private dock.
Belize, with a population of 250,000, is an English-speaking former British colony. It is a democratic country with British-based legal, education, and economic systems. Belize has 9,000 square miles of land (about the size of Massachusetts) and is located on the Caribbean Sea between Mexico and Guatemala. Daily flights are available from Miami (a short 2 hours), Los Angeles, Houston, Charlotte, and Dallas.
From its numerous ancient and dramatic Mayan ruins to the natural wonders of the unspoiled jungle and the captivating waters of the Caribbean, Belize has quietly developed as one of the Western Hemisphere’s most cherished travel destinations. And, evolving as Belize’s most exclusive locale is the island of Ambergris Caye.
Ambergris Caye is the largest of 200 cayes along the coastline of Belize. The island is 25 miles long, a little over 4 miles at its widest point and is located in crystal clear shallow waters of the Caribbean Sea just off the tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
The coastline is protected by the 190 miles long Barrier Reef, the second largest living coral reef in the world. In Mayan times, Ambergris Caye was a trading post. The Marco Gonzalez ruins at the southern tip of the caye and the Basil Jones site to the north, as well as the many recently excavated sites in the heart of San Pedro Town give evidence to a former Maya culture. Following the Maya came the whalers and buccaneers and the ancestors of present day residents who were fishermen and workers in the coconut plantations. Today tourism has replaced fishing as the major source of income for the islanders although the mahogany skiffs are still in service for charter fishing and diving.
San Pedro Town is the only primary business area on the island. Its atmosphere is that of a small bustling village. The town is clustered with wooden houses, some with Mexican and Caribbean decor, and some remnants of English colonial architecture. Numerous gift shops, boutiques, bars, cafes, and restaurants run along the main streets. Just a short walk in town and you will experience the friendliness of the people and enjoy the easy no-pressure lifestyle. Bare feet, tee-shirts, and shorts can be quite typical of the daily island dress code.
The people of the island are called “Sanpedranos” and speak English, Spanish, Creole, and Maya. Before tourism picked up in the eighties, the islanders were mostly Mestizos (Maya- Spanish). Today they share their island with the Creole, Maya, American, Canadians, and Europeans who have made Ambergris Caye their new home