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Ambergris Caye, Belize (February 2010)

Ambergris Caye is Belize's largest island, located in the clear shallow waters of the Caribbean Sea off of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. It is 25 miles long and, in some places, is a little over a mile wide. Ambergris Caye’s coastline is protected by a 190 mile long Barrier Reef, the second largest living coral reef in the world. It is jammed with jetties and dive shops, offering trips to different dive sites. San Pedro, the only town on Ambergris Caye, formerly had a Maya population of 10,000. In Mayan times, Ambergris Caye was a trading post. The narrow channel that separates Mexico and Belize was dug by the Maya to provide a trade route from the bay of Chetumal to the Caribbean. Today, San Pedro is clustered with wooden houses, combining Mexican and Caribbean decor, and some still with English colonial architecture. Gift shops, boutiques, bars, cafes, and restaurants make Ambergris Caye a wonderful tourist spot, combined with the relaxing pristine beaches, ecotourism and scuba diving along the magnificent coral and Barrier Reef.
Ambergris Caye cover page.
Ambergris Caye cover page.
Map of Belize. Ambergris Caye is the long narrow strip of land east of Belize City in the Caribbean Sea.
Map of Belize. Ambergris Caye is the long narrow strip of land east of Belize City in the Caribbean Sea.
Sign for La Divina Providencia.
Sign for La Divina Providencia.
Steps going up to La Divina Providencia store, which was a nice place to go for breakfast.
Steps going up to La Divina Providencia store, which was a nice place to go for breakfast.
That's me with my arm around the mermaid.
That's me with my arm around the mermaid.
This cute puppy paid a visit during  breakfast.
This cute puppy paid a visit during breakfast.
He was more cheerful in the morning than I am!
He was more cheerful in the morning than I am!
Pool and cottages at the Royal Caribbean Resort.
Pool and cottages at the Royal Caribbean Resort.
The pool with the restaurant and bar in the background.
The pool with the restaurant and bar in the background.
People cooling off in the pool since it was a hot day.
People cooling off in the pool since it was a hot day.
View of the beach in front of the resort.
View of the beach in front of the resort.
There was a long dock there.
There was a long dock there.
The straw roofs add to the rustic look.
The straw roofs add to the rustic look.
Close-up of the dock.
Close-up of the dock.
Nice palm trees in the foreground.
Nice palm trees in the foreground.
The water was crystal clear with many types of birds and fish.
The water was crystal clear with many types of birds and fish.
Pelicans taking a break on the dock.
Pelicans taking a break on the dock.
A beautiful white egret showing off its long neck.
A beautiful white egret showing off its long neck.
I started walking along the beach from Royal Caribbean Resort to the town of San Pedro.
I started walking along the beach from Royal Caribbean Resort to the town of San Pedro.
Sign along the beach for diving, one of Ambergris Caye's biggest tourist attractions.
Sign along the beach for diving, one of Ambergris Caye's biggest tourist attractions.
Another dive center (and restaurant) along the beach in Ambergris Caye.
Another dive center (and restaurant) along the beach in Ambergris Caye.
One of the main streets of San Pedro.  Bicycles and golf carts are popular way to get around.
One of the main streets of San Pedro. Bicycles and golf carts are popular way to get around.
A typical San Pedro scene with shops and the Carribean Sea in the background.
A typical San Pedro scene with shops and the Carribean Sea in the background.
A religious statue in front of a San Pedro church
A religious statue in front of a San Pedro church
Boats and yachts are also popular in Ambergris Caye.
Boats and yachts are also popular in Ambergris Caye.
A dock with a red diving center in the distance.
A dock with a red diving center in the distance.
There were some motor boats tied along the dock.
There were some motor boats tied along the dock.
From the sign you can read Ambergris Divers on the red building.
From the sign you can read "Ambergris Divers" on the red building.
People were getting ready to take the boat out.
People were getting ready to take the boat out.
Colorful kayaks on the beach.
Colorful kayaks on the beach.
Close-up of the kayaks.
Close-up of the kayaks.
This Belizean girl did not like me taking her picture.
This Belizean girl did not like me taking her picture.
Another interesting dock at Ambergris Caye.
Another interesting dock at Ambergris Caye.
Scuba diving tanks with the dock in the background.
Scuba diving tanks with the dock in the background.
A view from the dock of the beach.
A view from the dock of the beach.
A peaceful looking scene with interesting perspective.
A peaceful looking scene with interesting perspective.
This roofed structure at the end of the dock is shaped like a gazebo.
This roofed structure at the end of the dock is shaped like a gazebo.
This pelican found a nice perch on the end of the dock.
This pelican found a nice perch on the end of the dock.
Close-up of the pelican.
Close-up of the pelican.
I got this photo just before the pelican took off.
I got this photo just before the pelican took off.
Another pier along the water.
Another pier along the water.
Nice sand and gravel mermaid on the beach.
Nice sand and gravel mermaid on the beach.
It looks like the artists signed their work.
It looks like the artists signed their work.
More pelicans at Ambergris Caye.
More pelicans at Ambergris Caye.
Blackbirds on the pilings.
Blackbirds on the pilings.
I went snorkeling at Ambergris Caye and saw some beautiful coral.
I went snorkeling at Ambergris Caye and saw some beautiful coral.
The Belize Coral Reef is the second largest coral reef in the world.
The Belize Coral Reef is the second largest coral reef in the world.
It is 180 miles long and stretches for the entire length of Belize.
It is 180 miles long and stretches for the entire length of Belize.
While colorful, it was somewhat bleached which is indicative problems for the health of the coral reef.
While colorful, it was somewhat bleached which is indicative problems for the health of the coral reef.
Schools of fish swimming through the coral
Schools of fish swimming through the coral
Close-up of a school of fish.
Close-up of a school of fish.
More coral shots.
More coral shots.
One of the places that we snorkeled was Shark-Sting Ray Alley.
One of the places that we snorkeled was Shark-Sting Ray Alley.
Sting ray shot
Sting ray shot
Fish swimming by in Shark-Sting Ray Alley.
Fish swimming by in Shark-Sting Ray Alley.
Sting ray swimming among fish (they look like sharks).
Sting ray swimming among fish (they look like sharks).
More fish in Shark-Sting Ray Alley. Fortunately, the sharks there were harmless.
More fish in Shark-Sting Ray Alley. Fortunately, the sharks there were harmless.
I caught part of this tortoise swimming by in Shark-Sting Ray Alley.
I caught part of this tortoise swimming by in Shark-Sting Ray Alley.
I also saw this beautiful conch shell on the bottom.
I also saw this beautiful conch shell on the bottom.
The snorkeling tour leader caught a sting ray with his bare hands.
The snorkeling tour leader caught a sting ray with his bare hands.
Close-up of the tour leader holding the sting ray.
Close-up of the tour leader holding the sting ray.
Shot of me snorkeling, looking like a fish out of water!
Shot of me snorkeling, looking like a fish out of water!