The Belize island of Ambergris Caye (pronounced key) and the Northern Hemisphere’s largest barrier reef lie just off the tip of the southernmost part of Mexico.
I was in the south of the Mexican Caribbean—the state of Quintana Roo—in the small port city of Chetumal (the state’s capital). The more popular Cancun and the Riviera Maya are in the north of the state. Driving along the Bahia (bay) Drive, I spotted two small buildings near the municipal pier with colorful signs announcing “Chetumal to San Pedro (Ambergris) Water Taxi.” Somewhere I’d never been! Between the two I negotiated a good price and bought two tickets.
I went back to where I was staying on the stunning Laguna Bacalar, got on the Internet and made reservations for Las Terrazas Resort on Ambergris.
In a little more than an hour and a half after leaving Chetumal I arrived at the dock in San Pedro, a lively island town with people on the beach playing volleyball, venders selling handicrafts, music, dive shops and a row of small shops and restaurants. Read more at Examiner.