TripAdvisor named Ambergris Caye as the #1 Island in the World for two consecutive years (2013 & 2014) and Belizeans could not be more ecstatic to celebrate. The pressure to hold on to that title for another year was great and although it was probably time to say goodbye at the turn of the new year, Belizeans wanted to hold on to the glory a bit longer.
But come 2015, TripAdvisor has listed San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, in second place on their most recent listing for the Top 10 Destinations in Central America, bested by Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. We are happy to report that Belize made it twice on the list with San Ignacio in the Cayo District also placing on the #10 spot.
“San Pedro is "La Isla Bonita" that Madonna made famous. Now it's a tourist mecca, but still boasts great beaches and plenty of dive shops so you can enjoy the sun, sand, and sea.” - TripAdvisor on San Pedro.
“It’s true: parts of Belize are getting touristy. But San Ignacio remains rustic, making it a great base for budget-friendly tropical adventure travel. Canoe on the Macal River, or walk to Mayan ruins at Cahal Pec (just be warned: it's uphill). – TripAdvisor on San Ignacio
Belize’s top contenders on the Top 10 Destination in Central America include:
3. La Fortana de Can Carlos, Costa Rica
4. Granada, Nicaragua
5. Tamarindo, Costa Rica
6. Copan, Honduras
7. Panama City, Panama
8. West End, Honduras
9. Antigua, Guatemala
Heck! Residents of San Pedro still believe that they live in paradise and would many would not change that for anything in the world. Our Isla Bonita is and will always be the #1 Island in the World; not atop the best destinations in Central America. Visit TripAdvisor to read more and view the Top 25 Destinations in the World 2015.