Lifestyle and Culture
Ambergris Caye has a rich history dating back to Pre-Columbian times, when a Mayan community lived here. The island has archaeological sites that people can visit to view ancient ruins and people working to excavate various objects. The Marco Gonzalez Archeological Site is located on the southern tip of the island and objects such as grinding tools, pottery, obsidian blades, and jade have been found at the site. Ancient columns and mounds left by the Mayan people can still be seen here. Another historic site that can be visited is the Chac-balam Archaeological Site on the northernmost tip of the island.
The island is also home to a wide variety of birds, fish, and animals, including tarpon, snook, jacks, bonefish, barracuda, grouper, snapper, sailfish, marlin, bonito, pompano, yellow-backed oriole, white-eyed vireo, golden-fronted woodpecker, eastern kingbirds, scarlet tanagers, black catbird, warblers, plovers, cormorants, sandpipers, herons, hawks, doves, flycatchers, crocodiles, raccoons, sharks, stingrays, eels, deer, jaguars, and iguanas. Numerous species of plants and insects also live here. One of the most fascinating areas is the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System located off the coast of the island and featuring the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. The reef is home to a variety of plants and animals, including extremely eco-sensitive coral.
In addition to the natural attractions the island offers, there are plenty of other activities including biking, golfing, snorkeling, windsurfing, kitesurfing, parasailing, canoeing/kayaking, boating, hiking, fishing, shopping, dining, and entertainment such as the local movie theatre, nightlife spots, galleries, and spas. Restaurants offer a variety of fare with a focus on local ingredients such as fish, fruit, and meats, and there are many bars where residents and tourists alike can enjoy tropical drinks or frosty beers.