Ambergris Caye Receives Top Honor from TripAdvisor - the Belizean Island Now Ranks First on the Traveler's Choice "Top 10 Islands - World" List

TripAdvisor has introduced a new award category to its burgeoning list of award groups: the “Traveler’s Choice Top 10 Islands – World” category. 2013 will always be remembered as the year in which Ambergris Caye, Belize, gained new levels of prestige and topped this list of best islands, not only in the Caribbean, but in the entire world.

San Pedro, Belize, April 23, 2013 --( Every year, TripAdvisor compiles many different categories of awards for the destinations that its users find favorable. Those destinations that get awarded the best in each category carry bragging rights for having dominated for that particular year. With over 500,000 businesses from all over the world listed on TripAdvisor, to be recognized anywhere in the Top 25 on any of their lists is a remarkable feat in itself; to then be recognized as the best in any one category is, needless to say, legendary. This year, TripAdvisor introduced a new award category to its burgeoning list of award groups: the “Traveler’s Choice Top 10 Islands – World” category. 2013 will always be remembered as the year in which Ambergris Caye, Belize, gained something new to add to its legacy by topping this list of best islands, not only in the Caribbean, but in the entire world.

The description on the award from TripAdvisor reads: “Ambergris Caye hovers in a vacation sweet spot: just enough amenities to make it exciting, but not so overdeveloped... A mangrove swamp is the eye of this white beach island, the largest in Belize, and golf carts are the main form of transportation along the sandy roads. Reef divers drool over the Belize Barrier Reef and the Blue Hole, a 400-foot deep circle of limestone that teems with angelfish, elkhorn coral, cleaner shrimp and stalactites.”

This isn’t the first TripAdvisor distinction that the island has been recipient to; in 2012, San Pedro, the island's only municipality, was ranked among the Top 10 Beach Destinations in Central America; the village was one of three traveler hotspots in Belize that placed on that distinguished list.

Boasting the largest coral reef system in the Western Hemisphere, Ambergris Caye has contended this time around with locations all around the world and beat another Caribbean destination, St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, to top the TripAdvisor “Top 10 Islands – World” survey.

According to TripAdvisor spokeswoman Emma Shaw, this inaugural list of the world's best islands was based on millions of reviews and ratings on the travel website over the past year.

"Ambergris Caye boasts spectacular caves, winding waterfalls, tropical rainforest and hundreds of limestone caves," said Shaw.

The complete list of TripAdvisor's top islands in the world consists of islands from the Caribbean and the Americas to Africa, Europe, and Asia:

1. Ambergris Caye - Belize
2. St John, US Virgin Islands - Caribbean
3. Bora Bora - French Polynesia
4. San Juan Island - United States
5. Santorini - Greece
6. Isla Mujeres - Mexico
7. Moorea - French Polynesia
8. Koh Tao - Thailand
9. Easter Island - Chile
10. Nosy Be – Madagascar

Grand Caribe extends sincere thanks to all travelers who have been to Ambergris Caye and who have taken the time to share on TripAdvisor their experiences on the island and their delight with all that they saw and felt. Grand Caribe considers this a sincere validation of the fine level of service and accommodations that has become a specialty of Ambergris Caye; as such, they are fully confident that every other resort joins them in saying that they will only continue to build upon the success they’ve had so far, to take the concept of guest satisfaction to new heights and to show travelers that Ambergris Caye is worth every ounce of the recognition it has received. Grand Caribe is also committed to keeping their developments ecologically sound in order to preserve the expansive natural beauty of Ambergris Caye, which has won the island countless accolades from the travel community and which Grand Caribe hopes will not just be kept intact, but actively nurtured for many future generations of tourists.

About San Pedro and Ambergris Caye – San Pedro is a quaint little island village with about 15,000 residents. It pulsates with the vibrancy of Mexican, Central American, and Caribbean life. The village has recently been recognized on TripAdvisor’s list of Top 10 Beach Destinations in Central America. Ambergris Caye, Belize’s largest island, stretches for only 25 miles in length and 1 mile in width at its widest point. It is located minutes away from the largest Barrier Reef in the Western Hemisphere, which is home to a vast and stunning variety of tropical fish and other marine life. It offers some of the best dive and snorkeling spots in the world. The island has recently been appointed the best in the world by the online traveler community on TripAdvisor.

About Grand Caribe – Grand Caribe is an upscale, luxurious condominium complex 2 miles north of San Pedro. The resort rests on immaculately manicured grounds and 500 feet of white, sandy beach. The complex has 72 units, each boasting elegant architectural design, incredible furnishings, fully-equipped kitchens, air conditioning, and all the amenities of a luxury resort. Each unit also commands a spectacular view of the Caribbean Sea and the surrounding grounds. Grand Caribe has recently been recognized by TripAdvisor’s prestigious Travelers’ Choice award. It also currently holds a place on TripAdvisor’s Top 10 list of resorts in Central America.
Grand Caribe Belize Resort and Condominiums
Michaela Chub