- The islands in Belize are called Cayes (pronounced “keys”) and total around 450 including those on the outer atolls.
- Belizean folklore tells of a 3-foot tall, evil dwarf called El Duende. The thumb less dwarf is said to hang out in the forest and punish any children who kill animals!
- Belize is in the Central Standard Time zone and does not observe daylight saving time.
- Ambergris Caye, which is 25 miles long, is Belize’s largest and most developed island.
- Belize is the only Central American Country where English is the official language. Apart from English, there are many recognized regional languages: Kriol, Spanish, Garifuna, and Mayan.
- The currency of Belize is Belize dollar. Its ISO 3166 code is BZ. Since 1978, the official value is pegged at 2 BZD = 1 US dollar.
- Belize is home to the “Royal Rat” (a rodent called a Gibnut). If you select Gibnut from a menu, you’re about to chow down on a rodent which is a popular game meat in Belize.
- Belize has its own version of the Sasquatch (the legendary, North American gorilla-like creature) known as El Sisimito ? El Sisimito , a creature with no knees and its feet on backwards, purportedly has a penchant for human flesh.
- It is culturally rude to greet someone by their first name when meeting them for the first time in Belize.
Belize on a Budget
Belize on a Budget: Our Top 5 Picks of Things to do for Free or Cheap on Ambergris Caye
An all too common misconception about vacationing in Belize is that it’s expensive. While Belize has many high end resorts & activities that can cost a pretty penny, there’s also more than plenty of options for those on a budget. We’ve scoured the island of Ambergris Caye & put together our top 5 picks of things to do for free or cheap in San Pedro.
- Visit Brahma Blue – Guests can now visit our Sister hotel Brahma Blue. With breathtaking beaches, crystal clear waters and NO sargassum. Brahma Blue is a great place to spend the day and enjoy all the amenities they have to offer. For more information contact frontdesk and arrange your transfer.
2. A Beach Day – After all, you are on vacation on one of the best islands in the world & spending the day beaching it is absolutely free! Grab a beach bag, a towel & the sunblock & head out to one of the many beaches on Ambergris Caye. Whether you enjoy sunbathing, people watching or swimming in the water, a beach day is a perfect way to spend the day.
3. Spend the Day Snorkeling – For about $20 U.S. you can rent a mask, snorkel & fins from just about any dock on Ambergris Caye. With some of the clearest & calmest waters in the world, it’s nearly impossible not to lose track of time as you’re snorkeling off our coasts. Just be sure to lather up with sunblock & drink plenty of water.
4. Sightseeing by Bike – Whether you’re a tourist, expat or local, one of best ways to spend a day in San Pedro is biking around & checking out the sights. And don’t worry. Biking is incredibly popular on the island so you’re sure to make a few new friends along the way. Ambergris Caye has dozens of beaches, parks, restaurants & bars to explore. Make sure you wheel over to the bridge & check out the new road & north side of the island. Bike rentals are just easy to find as golf cart rentals in San Pedro. For $9 U.S.a day, biking around town is certainly an affordable way to get to know the all of the popular spots on the island as well as discover a few secret jewels of your own.
5. Watch a Caribbean Sunset – Have you ever watched the beauty of a true Caribbean sunset? Perhaps we’re a little biased, but we’ve never seen anything else so spectacular. Prepare to mesmerized by the most vibrant hues of pink, purple, orange, yellow & blue. Simply grab a cold drink & a seat on any beach, balcony or dock & be prepared to watch the sun melt into the horizon. For a price of $0, sunset watching is certainly one of the best things to do on Ambergris Caye.
Whether you love nature, history, water activities, or the nightlife our little island has something for you. While these are our top five things to do for free or cheap, there are plenty of other amazing things to do too!. We can’t wait to see you the next time you visit San Pedro Town & we hope you stay with us at Pedro’s Hotel.