One of the first things you notice as you fly into Ambergris Caye are the piers that reach out from the east coast of the island stretching toward the Barrier Reef just offshore. There are many of them and the numbers, of course, coincide with the density of development on shore in that area.
Being an island, it is no surprise to see so many piers. But when you attempt to travel up or down the island via the road it becomes even more apparent why piers are so important.
Boats are responsible for moving everything from tractors and cranes to people, supplies and garbage to all parts of the island. Because the water is so shallow along the coast and apparently dredging is no longer allowed, I believe this has something to do with conservation of the Monkey Grass in the shallows, piers are required to access the shore by boat.
In addition to a landing location the piers also supply a parking stall or covered storage bay for people’s boats.
And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention one of the most popular piers on the island, and one of our favourite hangouts’, The Palapa Bar. Great location and outstanding staff.
Even after you consider all the economic and practical reasons for the abundance of piers on the island. If you own a camera the best reason is glaringly obvious, they are beautiful.
Piers are a beautiful and integral part of the local landscape. Take the time to enjoy what they have to offer.