Once you land in Belize City (connecting flights leave from San Francisco or San Jose daily), a convenient 15-minute flight will land you on Amergris Caye, Belize’s largest island and what TripAdvisor has called the #1 island in the world.
With Ambergris Caye’s famed snorkeling, fishing, and scuba diving, it’s easy to understand why. Divers journey from all over the world to experience Hol Chan Marine Preserve—part of the largest barrier reef system in the Western Hemisphere, home to top-ten dive destination Blue Hole Natural Monument, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While on dry land, the best way to see the 36-square-mile, English-speaking island is by foot, bike, or golf cart, which goes right in step with the laidback lifestyle you’re looking for with any tropical escape from Silicon Valley.
Booming since 2014, 66% of the island’s visitors come from the U.S., with new resorts Margaritaville Resort Belize, Wyndham Grand Belize, and Alaia Belize from Marriott’s Autograph Collection all set to open. Even actor Leonardo DiCaprio has an eco-friendly resort coming soon on a nearby island he purchased in 2015. (One year later, HuffPost placed Ambergris Caye in its top five overseas property markets.)
You too can own a 3.5-acre piece of this paradise with Casa Pisces, a 9,000-square-foot remodeled beachfront estate. Just six miles away is San Pedro Town’s cobblestoned bevy of shops, restaurants, and family-friendly resorts—that is, if you can leave your private beach.
- June 11–20 — Celebrating Belize’s lobster season with San Pedro Lobster Fest. travelbelize.org
- July 17–19 — Weighing in at Grand Caribe’s 4th Annual Deep Sea Classic Fishing Tournament. travelbelize.org
- August 1–23 — Becoming a certified yoga instructor through OM Shanti Belize in Belize City. omshantibelize.com