San Pedro is the town located on Ambergris Caye, although many people use the terms San Pedro and Ambergris interchangeably. In addition, Ambergris Caye is actually two islands -- North Ambergris Caye and Ambergris Caye.
North Ambergris Caye tends to have higher-end resorts and upscale housing - most of it in the tourism rental market. A water taxi makes regular runs between the North Ambergris Caye resorts and San Pedro Town for easy access to local restaurants and shops from North Ambergris.
The Placencia Peninsula is a narrow 17-mile long peninsula that juts out into the Caribbean in southern Belize, about 40 miles south of Dangriga. The Placencia Lagoon on the west separates it from the Belize mainland. The Caribbean Sea forms its eastern and southern borders.
Placencia Village is the hub of the Peninsula, where most of the local restaurants, bars, gift shops, banks, the main dock, grocery stores and other services are located. Seine Bight, a Garifuna village, is about 5 miles north of Placencia, and Maya Beach, a distinct community on the Peninsula, is about 5 miles north of Seine Bight.
Hundreds of cayes (the local word for islands) are located off the Belize coast between the mainland and the Belize Barrier Reef.
Many of these islands are too small for any type of development, and many are so vitally important to the health of Belize's marine environment that they are simply too valuable to be developed.
However, Belize does offer some unique small island experiences, such as Whipray Caye, catering primarily to salt water fly fishing enthusiasts, or Thatch Caye and Pelican's Pouch where you can snorkel or dive the incredibly rich marine habitat of Southwater Marine Reserve, a part of the Belize Barrier Reef World Heritage Site.
The Hopkins/Sittee area offers beachfront hotels and resorts that are also conveniently located near the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Bocawina ziplining, plus only about a 1-1.5 hours drive away from cave tubing, the Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Mayan ruins and ATM cave in the Cayo District of Belize. For sea activities such as fishing, snorkeling and diving, the Southwater Marine Reserve, a Belize marine protected area and part of the Belize Reef World Heritage Site, is very easily accessible.
In terms of lodging, Hopkins/Sittee includes two entirely different areas of hotels/resorst - Hopkins Village and the Sittee area south of Hopkins.