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Are you planning a trip to Ambergris Caye with kids and wondering what to do in Ambergris Caye with kids? Belize is one of our favorite places to visit and one of the best beach vacations with kids. It’s rare that we go to the same place twice, but we loved Ambergris Caye so much that we have been 3 times so far!. We stayed at X’Tan Ha resort each time, and had a blast! Belize, specifically Ambergris Caye, is a very kid friendly destination.
From Los Angeles, we took a 5 hour flight to Belize City, then a short 15 minute flight on a 11 passenger plane to San Pedro, and finally a 15 minute boat ride to the resort. Sounds tiring, but it’s really not so bad! The resort is beautiful. Alternatively, you can take a boat to San Pedro however that takes hours and is not worth it given how quickly you will arrive by the plane.
We visited this location in April, June and August and had awesome weather each time (rained maybe one day while there) so I’d say any of those months are great to visit! Be sure to pack some family beach essentials to make your trip a success! We especially recommend having a set of packable beach toys that you can bring on all of your beach vacations vs. buying at destination and leaving plastic behind.
Before making your way to the resort, many people recommend stopping at the local grocery store in San Pedro (before boarding the boat to the hotel) to stock up on some food items. The hotel only has one restaurant, and getting from one resort to another (or back to San Pedro) requires some planning and time on your part, since you’re literally in the middle of nowhere! Each room comes with a full-size fridge, and a giant jug of drinking water that they replenish throughout your stay. We preferred to just either go in to town to get what we needed, but some people prefer to just stay at the resort their entire time.
Here’s what to do in Ambergris Caye Belize with kids.
Where to stay in Ambergris Caye with kids
Wondering what the best hotel in Ambergris Caye is? As I mentioned, we stayed at X’Tan Ha, the best family friendly resort in Ambergris Caye. Our room was ocean front, and literally 10 steps to the very calm, warm turquoise water! It was a child’s dream come true. We had a hammock on our patio and the resort provided free use of water equipment (paddle boats, paddle boards, kayaks, etc.) There was also a large trampoline in the ocean, which kids (and adults!) seemed to really enjoy.
We had a 600 square foot seafront villa, which had a separate bedroom with a king size bed and a full kitchen with a full size fridge, microwave and electric cooktop.
As I mentioned, the beach is very calm with no waves, basically zero entry if you have little ones. The water was also very warm, it’s the best beach for toddlers and young kids! It’s the only resort on the island where sargassum (the seaweed littering beaches from Texas to pretty much all of the Caribbean and even Mexico) is not an issue because the staff cleans the shoreline all day long, making their beach one of the most popular ones in the area! I’ve heard the don’t allow outsiders to use the beach or pools anymore, which is great news for paying guests! A lot of the “beachfront” resorts we drove our golf cart by had beach views but no actual beach, it was a huge drop right to the water so be careful when selecting a resort!
There was only one pool on our first visit, however by the second time we went, the other pool was finished. The main pool has a shallow area where you can sit and relax and the kids can play without having to fully go into the pool. The pool was definitely a huge hit with Milana!
A video of 2 year old Milana swimming at the pool:
Next to the beach, is the bar which serves drinks (Milana loved the pina coladas!) and limited food. You can then take your food and eat it on one of the tables in the water.
How to get around Ambergris Caye with kids
Getting to San Pedro used to only be done via water taxi (Coastal Express) because the road behind the hotel was pretty bad and unfinished. However since our first visit, they almost completed the paving of the entire 7 mile stretch and it is now fully done. We rented a golf cart on our last trip at the hotel, the desired form of transportation, and made the 7 mile drive to San Pedro. Half of it was still unpaved, but it was totally fine and Milana loved the golf cart so much, she asked to go on it every day!
Alternatively, you can take the water taxi to San Pedro, and then rent a golf cart in town to explore the town area. The resort also had bikes, but with a small child, that wasn’t feasible so we didn’t use them.
What to do in Ambergris Caye with kids
The main reason we came here was to have a relaxing beach vacation after a year filled with active travel. But if you’re looking for something more active, there are lots of activities you can do here. This area is famous for snorkeling and diving, so if that’s your thing, be sure to book a tour! On the mainland, you can visit Mayan ruins.
San Pedro itself is a really cute, small town. There are lots of local shops and restaurants to explore and the locals are really friendly. Take your time driving the golf cart around and stopping to explore the various shops and restaurants.
One block from the airport on Front Street are some of the best tacos you will ever have. They eat tacos for breakfast, so this place stops serving them pretty early but is so worth the visit! It was the first place we went to when we landed, and the last place we went to before heading back home. 6 tacos for $1, you can’t beat the price! We stopped here on all of our trips and can’t wait to go back!
Just south of the toll bridge is a small playground, right on the beach. We stopped there so Milana can play and a local girl took to her right away and they played together. The kids here are so friendly and inclusive!
Ambergris Caye is the kind of trip you go on if you want to relax and not have a huge itinerary of things to do. It’s not often we go on trips like this, so this is definitely our relaxing destination! Something to keep in mind if you are coming with young kids/babies: the streets aren’t very stroller friendly (even the huge jogger type) so leave the strollers at home and bring a carrier for the younger ones.
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