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Tips on Ambergris Cay Warnings or Dangers – Stay Safe!

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Ambergris Cay Warnings and Dangers

Ambergris Caye is the largest island belonging to Belize and sits comfortably in the Caribbean Sea. It’s an attractive place to visit, but pay attention to certain warnings about the area to make sure you stay safe.

Look Out for Animals

When you take side trips to the mainland, such as to the Mayan ruins, stay on the main path. It’s not unheard of for people to get bitten by wildlife in the area.

Although not likely to be a physical danger, remember that there are dogs everywhere. If you give them any food, prepare to be followed by them for the rest of your trip.

Mosquitoes

The mosquitos around Ambergris Cay can grow fairly intense. It’s best to come prepared with some mosquito repellant. However, even with repellant, you might find yourself fighting off insects pretty regularly. Belize actually has a nickname that references this, and is known among some as the

Mosquito Coast.

Trouble in the Streets

During Carnival time, kids go around trying to cover each other in paint, eggs, and flour. It gets everywhere, and some locals describe it as ‘licensed vandalism’. It lasts for three days. During the first two days, the kids seemed to largely ignore adults and tourists. However, on the third day, anyone can become a target.

You’ll also want to be careful when walking around in general. The traffic on the narrow streets can get heavy very quickly, and there are parts of town where there’s no designated ‘safe’ space to walk.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Ambergris.   

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