Ambergris Caye Infrastructure
Ambergris Caye, like most areas in Belize, has a unique infrastructure that helps make life in Ambergris Caye more modern and convenient for all its residents and tourists who visit. Residents of Ambergris Caye, expats and tourists visiting the popular destination should familiarize themselves with the standard infrastructure used in Ambergris Caye so they can be prepared when setting up their various utilities and other infrastructure-related components. Let’s take a closer look at the infrastructure that is commonly found in Ambergris Caye.
Ambergris Caye has a central main road that goes all the way from the Northside of San Pedro Town to the southern tip of the island. The main Nort/South road also extends about 8-10 miles past the San Pedro bridge. Most of the roads in Ambergris Caye are sand streets which are perfect for walking, even barefoot. However, these roads do become muddy and full of potholes during the rainy season, which has led to an increase amount of paved primary roads within the busier areas of Ambergris Caye. San Pedro Town specifically now has most primary streets paved, which has reduced the number of transportation problems and increased ease of transportation for residents and tourists. Transportation on Ambergris Caye is primarily golf cart, with a few cars and bikes on the roads.
Wireless & Internet
BTL is currently the only service provider located in Belize at the time that can provide cell phone coverage. DSL is available in San Pedro Town. Ambergris Caye has full LTE on the island making connectivity easy. The island also has high-speed internet, thanks to the upgrades made in 2017/2018. If you are connecting to the internet or using your cell phone, you will have great connectivity on Ambergris Caye.
Basic utilities are all available in Ambergris Caye. This includes water, telephone, wastewater and electricity utilities. Developments inside San Pedro Town and near town have the most reliable services. Developments in the northern and southern locations outside town typically require septic tanks or contained wastewater systems due to the unique infrastructure needs in these locales. In regards to water provisions, it is typically provided by cisterns. San Pedro Town has a unique reverse osmosis water treatment system that provides water to residents in town but not outside of the town boundaries.
Electricity to remote resorts and locations is provided through their own electricity generators when they are not connected to the central BEL electrical line. A lot of off-grid properties use generators and/or solar to provide power. Off-grid properties are commonly found in the Secret Beach area of Ambergris Caye.
There are no shipping ports in Ambergris Caye, however, Ambergris Caye does have ports for receiving items which regularly receive shipments from Belize City, Dangriga, and Big Creek. If you are looking to get things to the island you can, through using barges that can transport large and small items.
Air Travel Access
Travelers looking to fly into Ambergris Caye will arrive at the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport which is located just outside of Belize City. From there, a local flight can take you into Ambergris Caye, landing in San Pedro Town. Local flights include flights from Mayan Air and Tropic Air. The local flights take about 15 minutes to get from Belize City to Ambergris Caye and are provided regularly on the hour.
Infrastructure on Ambergris Caye
Ambergris Caye is one of the most popular destinations in all of Belize. An increasing amount of tourists and residents have made the development of Ambergris Caye’s infrastructure modern, as more people come to require and rely on utilities such as electricity, water, internet, and phone service. Both residents and visitors to Ambergris Caye will benefit from knowing about the islands basic infrastructure.