The Ambergris Hope Clinic and the public San Pedro Dr. Otto Rodriquez Poly Clinic II on Ambergris Caye have services just short of a full-scale hospital. They are open weekdays 8–8 and Saturday 8–noon. Doctors and nurses are on 24-hour call. Three or four other clinics and private medical practices, four pharmacies, a chiropractic clinic, several dentists, and a hyperbaric chamber (affiliated with many Belize dive shops) are also on the island. For serious medical emergencies, patients are usually transferred to Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, the nation’s main public referral hospital, in Belize City, or to one of the private hospitals in Belize City, Belize Medical Associates or Belize Healthcare Partners.

On Caye Caulker the Caye Caulker Health Center is usually staffed by a volunteer doctor from Cuba. For dental care or serious ailments you need to go to Belize City. There are no medical facilities on any of the other cayes, but if you have an emergency, call your embassy or contact Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, Belize Medical Associates, or Belize Healthcare Partners.

Astrum Helicopters provides emergency airlift services.

For police emergencies, call 911. On marine radios, channel 16 is the international distress channel.


Ambergris Hope Clinic. Pescador Dr., San Pedro Town, Belize District. 226/2660.

San Pedro Polyclinic II. On call 24/7. Manta Ray St., San Pedro Town, Belize District. 226/2536.

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