Wherever you may wander on our special La Isla Bonita, the view of crystal clear, blue water from the shoreline is purely spectacular! The close proximity of Ambergris Caye to the reef brings us some of the most amazing wildlife in the world, but the resulting calm and shallow waters allow turtle grass to flourish near the shore. So, when we feel like taking a dip, we hop off a pier! That’s just how we do it here.
While there’s nothing better than jumping into the water to cool down after soaking up the sun out one of our piers, some folks like to step into the ocean directly from the beach now and then. We’ve got you covered! Here are a few of our local favorite swimming beaches…
Located several miles north of San Pedro town, Secret Beach is a gem on the west side of Ambergris Caye. With beautiful, crystal-clear blue waters – and a shallow slope that allows you to walk out for nearly a quarter mile with the water still below chest-height – it’s the perfect place to spend time enjoying the sunshine and warm waters of Belize. Also, there isn’t any seagrass in the water! Consider bringing a pool float or two if you feel like relaxing or are bringing the kids!
“Secret Beach is not a secret anymore – it is one of the most touristy spots in all of Belize. But you still MUST go.”
To get there, head about 5 miles north of the mostly paved road up to Indigo Beach Homes and Resort (and a large BTL cell phone tower) and take a left. Follow signs for 4.5 miles to Secret Beach. It’s a long, bumpy ride, but well worth it! Plan for about 45 minutes of travel from San Pedro town. Or, take a taxi!
Named for its location at the “mouth of the river,” this stretch of beach ends at the river and the toll bridge that separates San Pedro Town from North Ambergris Caye. The pretty northern area by the river is the best spot for swimming and is a popular local spot, especially on the weekends.
“Boca Del Rio Park is always welcoming of the local residents and vacationers of San Pedro Town.”
There’s a beach bar called Sandy Toes about halfway up the Boca Del Rio stretch that has a fantastic beach area, a super cute bar, and an overall great set up for kids and adults alike.
Caye Caulker is an island lover’s paradise with no paved roads, chilled out beach bars, and some of the best swimming spots in Belize. A quick 25-minute boat ride from Ambergris Caye, most guests visit our sister island at least once during their stay.
One of the few true sandy beaches on Caye Caulker, Koko King Beach offers a fun, resort-like vibe for everyone to enjoy. The beach is located on the north side of the Split (see below). A boats runs from Caye Caulker to the beach (just takes a few minutes) every 30 minutes beginning at 10am. Ask anyone on Caye Caulker where to catch the boat to Koko King, and they’ll direct you! Restaurant and fully stocked bar, rentable lounge beds and chairs on the beach. Inner tubes. “Full Moon” parties every month!
“No Shirt, No Shoes…No Problem…”
The Split is a thin channel separating the northern and southern parts of the island and is free of seaweed and seagrass. It is the most popular place to hang out on the island and has a fun atmosphere all day long. You can access the beautifully clear water from a short set of pool steps straight from the white sand beach. There are also cute picnic tables and chairs in the sea itself, and a long wooden dock for getting in a little deeper.