Campus Life

YWAM Destination Paradise Campus

YWAM Destination Paradise sits right on the white sand beach on Ambergris Caye, four miles north of the vibrant island town of San Pedro. Our five-acre campus overlooks the second longest barrier reef in the world, so it’s no surprise that our neighbors are dive shops, restaurants and laid-back resorts. In fact, our base itself was once a luxury resort. After sitting empty for a few years, YWAM DP had an amazing opportunity to make this weathered beauty our home. The base has 29 casitas, classrooms, a pool, an open-air dining room and an amazing dock with two thatched roof coverings.

From watching breathtaking sunrises to restful hours reading on the beach, our campus offers a unique and beautiful setting to interact with God’s creation as you get equipped to serve in missions and grow in understanding and passion for God.

A place in paradise...

Getting Around

You won’t see many cars on or around the beaches of Ambergris Caye. Here, most transportation is done by foot or bike on the beachfront path, by boat or water taxi, or on a rugged dirt road dominated by golf cart and occasional pick up trucks.

About Belize

Belize is described as a laid back country with a lively soul. The general attitude of the nation, and especially on the island Ambergris Caye, is aptly described by their motto “No shirt. No shoes. No problem.” The YWAM DP campus is located four miles up the beach from San Pedro, the only town on Ambergris Caye. The community was once a small fishing village and today tourism is the leading force. People come from all over the world to dive the amazing reef, soak up the Caribbean sun and get away from it all – but depsite its popularity, San Pedro retains its laid-back charm and is not nearly as “touristy” as similar towns around the world.

Belize itself is a small country, roughly the size of Massachusetts with a population of only 280,000. There is an amazing amount of diversity in Belize – both in geography and population. While Belize is in the tropics, there are pine tree covered mountains, 1000′ waterfalls, desert islands, huge farms and banana plantations as well as tropical rain forests that receive as much as 150′′ of rain each year.

Belize was once part of the Mayan empire. Later, settled by English pirates and mahogany cutters, it became an English colony known as British Honduras. In 1981 it became an independent commonweath realm. Belize is the only country in the area that has English as its official language, although Spanish, creole and Garifuna are all commonly spoken.