Belize's largest and most northern island is Ambergris Caye. At twenty-five miles long, it parallels Belize's barrier reef and the famous Great Blue Hole. Ambergris Caye, once owned by Mexico, is separated from Mexico only by a narrow channel. Ambergris Caye is located east of the Corozal District. Its main town of San Pedro is about 36 miles from Belize City. Like Caye Caulker, Ambergris is a limestone coral island. It is extremely close to the Barrier Reef in some places.
Ambergris is the most commercially developed of the islands. It has quite a few luxurious hotels and an avid nightlife. The northern part of Ambergris is mostly undeveloped so there is a lot in real estate development interest. Tourism is the main source of income in this once whaling center.
San Pedro Town is the main town on Ambergris Caye. Being only a mile long and encompasses only a few street blocks, San Pedro town is the heart of Ambergris Caye. It offers a wide range of restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops. Since the airstrip is also located in town, most resorts and hotels are conveniently located.
The streets are sandy and unpaved so be sure to dress appropriately. You don't want to ruin a $500 dress to go out to dinner. San Pedro has a rural feel with there being no traffic lights, freeways or highways, and no highrise buildings. The main means of transportation are golf carts.