Location – In a word, that's why the SunBreeze Hotel is a Belize favorite with divers. Yes, there are sweeping ocean views, nicely landscaped grounds, modern rooms with all the comforts, a great restaurant, a pool with sun deck, day spa and so forth. Basically, everything you'd need for a relaxing tropical vacation, same as dozens of places across the Caribbean. It's the location that sets this property apart.
To start with, the resort sits on Ambergris Caye, which is the number one vacation destination in Belize. Visitors prize this small island for what it has, and what it doesn't have. There are no cruise ship docks, no high-rise condos and no taxicab traffic jams. The island's sole town, San Pedro, is an appealing mix of old-school Caribbean and small-scale development. Traditional wooden houses adorned in bright colors face quiet streets where golf carts and bicycles are the preferred means of travel. The downtown district offers an eclectic mix of restaurants, galleries, shops and cafes, with not a fast-food franchise in sight.
And right in the middle of it all is SunBreeze, sitting on a prime piece of oceanfront real estate with the Great Mesoamerican Barrier Reef just a short boat ride away. This living wall of coral is the second longest in the world, stretching more than 600 miles north to south from Honduras to Mexico.
At Ambergris Caye, the barrier reef runs to within a half-mile of shore. This makes for short boat rides to dozens of prime sites. Reefs in the area typically feature pronounced spur-and-groove formations, which makes for dramatic three-dimensional coral mazes punctuated by grottoes, canyons, caverns, and swim-throughs. Sites range from snorkel-friendly depths to beyond 200 feet and are typically washed in clear oceanic waters and rich in marine life.
Guests at SunBreeze have full access to these dive sites, thanks to the on-site dive center managed by Ambergris Divers. This company is a full-service PADI 5-Star Dive Center that operates a fleet of six dive boats that includes several high-speed launches. The shop offers nitrox, stocks a full complement of rental equipment, and can provide instruction from discover diving to advanced certification. Dive schedules include one or two-tank itineraries, all-day three-tank excursions with additional snorkeling, night dives, offshore runs to the big walls of Turneffe Atoll, Blue Hole safaris, trips to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and stops at the famous marine life encounters of Shark Ray Alley.
Ashore, SunBreeze guests can relax in modern air-conditioned rooms that offer cable television, complimentary WiFi, min-fridges, workstations and spacious bathrooms with walk-in showers. All rooms open a central courtyard landscaped with swaying palms, with the hotel pool and ocean just beyond. Also on the waterfront is a beach bar and the Blue Water Grill, which is known as one of the island's best dining venues.
Divers who want a bit of extra elbow room might also want to consider SunBreeze Suites, which is an all-suites oceanfront property just north of downtown that is operated by the same management company as the SunBreeze Hotel. Both properties offer dive packages with Ambergris Divers and can arrange several additional activities from sailing and fishing trips to mainland adventures such as cave tours, jungle hikes in the Mountain Pine Ridge and visits to ancient Mayan cities.
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