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Laura’s San Pedro Guidebook

Laura

Laura’s San Pedro Guidebook

Food Scene
One of our top 5 restaurant recommendations on the island. GORGEOUS open-air fine-dining restaurant in a tropical garden setting just a block from Jungalow Escalante! Mid-high end prices but SO WORTH IT! This is some of the best food you'll have in Belize. Belizean owned. Open from 5-9pm only, closed Tuesdays.
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Hidden Treasure Restaurant & Lounge
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One of our top 5 restaurant recommendations on the island. GORGEOUS open-air fine-dining restaurant in a tropical garden setting just a block from Jungalow Escalante! Mid-high end prices but SO WORTH IT! This is some of the best food you'll have in Belize. Belizean owned. Open from 5-9pm only, closed Tuesdays.
One of our top 5 restaurant recommendations on the island! Mid-range prices, excellent for both lunch and dinner. Great tropical salads, seafood, and cocktails. At lunch do not miss the Baja Fish Wrap!!! Gorgeous reef view in this quaint open-air restaurant with authentic nautical decor.
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Wild Mangos
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One of our top 5 restaurant recommendations on the island! Mid-range prices, excellent for both lunch and dinner. Great tropical salads, seafood, and cocktails. At lunch do not miss the Baja Fish Wrap!!! Gorgeous reef view in this quaint open-air restaurant with authentic nautical decor.
You can't go wrong with Blue Water Grill. Prices are mid-high range and their food is superb. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. Beautiful open-air restaurant with iconic views of the Caribbean Sea. Home to the first "I Love Belize" sign. Fantastic nightly bar scene up until about 9pm. Live music on weekends. Sushi nights every Tuesday and Thursday. MAKE DINNER RESERVATIONS WHEN POSSIBLE. This place gets BUSY.
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Blue Water Grill
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You can't go wrong with Blue Water Grill. Prices are mid-high range and their food is superb. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. Beautiful open-air restaurant with iconic views of the Caribbean Sea. Home to the first "I Love Belize" sign. Fantastic nightly bar scene up until about 9pm. Live music on weekends. Sushi nights every Tuesday and Thursday. MAKE DINNER RESERVATIONS WHEN POSSIBLE. This place gets BUSY.
Mid-range breakfast, lunch and dinner with very good food. Great ceviche. They have a bar area and a back room that shows popular sports games if you are into that. Open everyday.
El Divino
Mid-range breakfast, lunch and dinner with very good food. Great ceviche. They have a bar area and a back room that shows popular sports games if you are into that. Open everyday.
Rooftop high-end restaurant and bar located at Grand Caribe Resort on Ambergris Caye's north side. It's a great special occasion / romantic place, open daily for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Beautiful views, one of the only 4th floor rooftop restaurants on the island.
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Rain | Restaurant & Rooftop Terrace
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Rooftop high-end restaurant and bar located at Grand Caribe Resort on Ambergris Caye's north side. It's a great special occasion / romantic place, open daily for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Beautiful views, one of the only 4th floor rooftop restaurants on the island.
Hungry Grouper is a relative newcomer to the San Pedro food scene but has ranked #1 on TripAdvisor for some time. It's a small, sandy floor local spot for some absolutely delicious local seafood and Belizean style food. It's one of our top 5 spots to recommend to guests. Try it out! Beware the place is small and in high season they can get BUSY.
Hungry Grouper
Hungry Grouper is a relative newcomer to the San Pedro food scene but has ranked #1 on TripAdvisor for some time. It's a small, sandy floor local spot for some absolutely delicious local seafood and Belizean style food. It's one of our top 5 spots to recommend to guests. Try it out! Beware the place is small and in high season they can get BUSY.
This is the best and only authentic Japanese restaurant in Belize. Owner and master sushi chef Toshiya opened this restaurant in early 2017 and has received phenomenal reviews. He has been a sushi chef from Japan to Malta to San Francisco. Check out their Facebook page for their nightly specials if you are on a budget. Sundays are half-priced Ramen. You will not be disappointed!!
JYOTO Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar
This is the best and only authentic Japanese restaurant in Belize. Owner and master sushi chef Toshiya opened this restaurant in early 2017 and has received phenomenal reviews. He has been a sushi chef from Japan to Malta to San Francisco. Check out their Facebook page for their nightly specials if you are on a budget. Sundays are half-priced Ramen. You will not be disappointed!!
Victoria House is an iconic Ambergris Caye luxury hotel with a fantastic bar/restaurant that is open daily to the public for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's a gorgeous resort with beautiful beachfront dining and fantastic food. Prices are in U.S. dollars and on the high end. Great for lunch. Go to Palmilla Bar/Restaurant, located in the palapa right on the beach to eat. Warning that your check will have 10% gratuity included already. So if you liked your service just tip 5-10% on top of that. (Tipping in Belize is the customary 15-20% as in the U.S.)
Victoria House Resort & Spa
Victoria House is an iconic Ambergris Caye luxury hotel with a fantastic bar/restaurant that is open daily to the public for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's a gorgeous resort with beautiful beachfront dining and fantastic food. Prices are in U.S. dollars and on the high end. Great for lunch. Go to Palmilla Bar/Restaurant, located in the palapa right on the beach to eat. Warning that your check will have 10% gratuity included already. So if you liked your service just tip 5-10% on top of that. (Tipping in Belize is the customary 15-20% as in the U.S.)
This place is renowned for having the best BBQ on the island, check out their TripAdvisor reviews! Open for lunch and dinner. Located right around the corner on the main road to Jungalow Escalante.
Robin's Kitchen
This place is renowned for having the best BBQ on the island, check out their TripAdvisor reviews! Open for lunch and dinner. Located right around the corner on the main road to Jungalow Escalante.
One of the best dinner spots on the island. Tapas, seafood, excellent craft cocktails. Live music and outdoor events on the weekends. Highly recommend!
Casa Picasso
One of the best dinner spots on the island. Tapas, seafood, excellent craft cocktails. Live music and outdoor events on the weekends. Highly recommend!
TRENDY, high-end, gorgeously re-done all-day restaurant with half priced bottles of wine and champagne on Mondays, Wednesdays, AND Fridays! Gorgeous bar. Highly recommend for brunch, lunch, or dinner. Located in the beautiful Phoenix resort which was voted #1 Hotel in the World by Trip Advisor in 2012.
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Red Ginger Restaurant
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TRENDY, high-end, gorgeously re-done all-day restaurant with half priced bottles of wine and champagne on Mondays, Wednesdays, AND Fridays! Gorgeous bar. Highly recommend for brunch, lunch, or dinner. Located in the beautiful Phoenix resort which was voted #1 Hotel in the World by Trip Advisor in 2012.
Super cute, retro style restaurant that's great for tapas and cocktails. Belizean-owned and very popular with local San Pedranos. Located on Front Street right across from Fido’s bar.
Maxi's
Super cute, retro style restaurant that's great for tapas and cocktails. Belizean-owned and very popular with local San Pedranos. Located on Front Street right across from Fido’s bar.
Brand new spot opened in early 2019 that's perfect for rooftop sunsets! Excellent tapas-style food and great cocktails. Beachy cool decor. French-owned.
French Kiss at Sunset
Brand new spot opened in early 2019 that's perfect for rooftop sunsets! Excellent tapas-style food and great cocktails. Beachy cool decor. French-owned.
Gorgeous breakfast diner right on the beach in the very center of town. This place has been here for decades and started out as the go-to spot for fishermen to grab breakfast since they open early at 6am everyday. Try their fry jacks! Decently-priced mimosas, too. Closed Tuesdays.
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Estel's Dine By the Sea
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Gorgeous breakfast diner right on the beach in the very center of town. This place has been here for decades and started out as the go-to spot for fishermen to grab breakfast since they open early at 6am everyday. Try their fry jacks! Decently-priced mimosas, too. Closed Tuesdays.
Excellent traditional Belizean food! Located right across the street from Belize Fitness and Sunset Lounge which is the town's newest rooftop hotspot.
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El Fogon Restaurant
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Excellent traditional Belizean food! Located right across the street from Belize Fitness and Sunset Lounge which is the town's newest rooftop hotspot.
This INCREDIBLE new totally vegan restaurant on Back Street is a MUST TRY! Owned by a young Belizean family who are passionate about food and the environment. Everything you try here will knock your socks off, guaranteed. The vegan burger is super sloppy and legendary among vegans and carnivores alike. Also don’t miss the Chaya Waffle for breakfast. Vegan desserts, too! Make sure they are open first, message their Facebook.
Origin
This INCREDIBLE new totally vegan restaurant on Back Street is a MUST TRY! Owned by a young Belizean family who are passionate about food and the environment. Everything you try here will knock your socks off, guaranteed. The vegan burger is super sloppy and legendary among vegans and carnivores alike. Also don’t miss the Chaya Waffle for breakfast. Vegan desserts, too! Make sure they are open first, message their Facebook.
Amazing Belizean food owned by an original San Pedro family. Big beautiful building in Middle Street with a tree growing in the dining room, sandy floors, and local artwork throughout. Everything on the menu is delicious. They always win culinary competitions and Lobsterfest. GO HERE!
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Elvi's Kitchen
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Amazing Belizean food owned by an original San Pedro family. Big beautiful building in Middle Street with a tree growing in the dining room, sandy floors, and local artwork throughout. Everything on the menu is delicious. They always win culinary competitions and Lobsterfest. GO HERE!
Super delicious little cafe owned by an expat foodies couple who are super friendly!! Grab a seat in the window facing the street for excellent people watching from the air-conditioned dining room. A glimpse of the bustling Belizean life of San Pedro! Excellent apps, vegetarian choices, and amazing lobster rolls (in season). Great coffees too! Only open for breakfast and lunch.
Mesa Cafe
Super delicious little cafe owned by an expat foodies couple who are super friendly!! Grab a seat in the window facing the street for excellent people watching from the air-conditioned dining room. A glimpse of the bustling Belizean life of San Pedro! Excellent apps, vegetarian choices, and amazing lobster rolls (in season). Great coffees too! Only open for breakfast and lunch.
A locals favorite for decades. Open only during the day. Great sopa de lima.
My Secret Deli
A locals favorite for decades. Open only during the day. Great sopa de lima.
Drinks & Nightlife
Like Jaguar's Nightclub just adjacant. A late night spot of good-old debauchery.
Daddy Rock Night Club
Like Jaguar's Nightclub just adjacant. A late night spot of good-old debauchery.
If you are trying to go hard, this is your spot. Most people don't go here until late night after many, many cocktails. DJ plays all the top 40 hits, and a mix of popular soca, punta, dancehall, hip hop, and reggae.
Jaguar's Night Club
If you are trying to go hard, this is your spot. Most people don't go here until late night after many, many cocktails. DJ plays all the top 40 hits, and a mix of popular soca, punta, dancehall, hip hop, and reggae.
One of our top recommended bars on Ambergris Caye. Live music, a great regulars crowd, friendly and cool bar staff. Located over the water on their newly built dock in the happening Boca del Rio beach area. Great for late night drinks (until midnight.)
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Wayo's Beachside Beernet
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One of our top recommended bars on Ambergris Caye. Live music, a great regulars crowd, friendly and cool bar staff. Located over the water on their newly built dock in the happening Boca del Rio beach area. Great for late night drinks (until midnight.)
This is THE PLACE FOR CEVICHE. It' s a divey locals bar with some of the tastiest ceviche you will ever have!!! It's located right next to an awesome local restaurant called The Hungry Grouper. Grab some beers and order a ceviche and go upstairs to watch the soccer games and events going on across the street.
juvinies ceviche bar
This is THE PLACE FOR CEVICHE. It' s a divey locals bar with some of the tastiest ceviche you will ever have!!! It's located right next to an awesome local restaurant called The Hungry Grouper. Grab some beers and order a ceviche and go upstairs to watch the soccer games and events going on across the street.
Average Joe's is a dive bar with live music most nights and sometimes karaoke. They have great chicken wings and inexpensive drinks. Pretty cool local music scene! One of the few places south of town that are open pretty late
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Average Joe's Bar
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Average Joe's is a dive bar with live music most nights and sometimes karaoke. They have great chicken wings and inexpensive drinks. Pretty cool local music scene! One of the few places south of town that are open pretty late
Brand new, high-end rooftop bar with food cart and gorgeous views the reef and the lagoon — right in the middle of town! Pricey but draws a good crowd of mostly local 20-30somethings and the “who’s who” of San Pedro after 10pm. Also gorgeous for photos at sunset (hence the name). As with all open-air bars in San Pedro, this closes at midnight. Warning you must walk up 4 flights of stairs to get to this bar! If you are still trying to go out after closing, ask any local how to find “INTRO” which is a sort of speakeasy nightclub a short walk away. It gets busy after midnight when all the beach bars close. They aren’t advertised anywhere.
Sunset Lounge
Brand new, high-end rooftop bar with food cart and gorgeous views the reef and the lagoon — right in the middle of town! Pricey but draws a good crowd of mostly local 20-30somethings and the “who’s who” of San Pedro after 10pm. Also gorgeous for photos at sunset (hence the name). As with all open-air bars in San Pedro, this closes at midnight. Warning you must walk up 4 flights of stairs to get to this bar! If you are still trying to go out after closing, ask any local how to find “INTRO” which is a sort of speakeasy nightclub a short walk away. It gets busy after midnight when all the beach bars close. They aren’t advertised anywhere.
Long-standing island pub with great selection of booze and a great mix of both tourists and locals.
Lola's Pub & Grill
Long-standing island pub with great selection of booze and a great mix of both tourists and locals.
Fido’s is a large open air bar with great beach access and also has in indoor plaza with art, jewelry, etc.
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Fido's Courtyard and Pier
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Fido’s is a large open air bar with great beach access and also has in indoor plaza with art, jewelry, etc.
Amazing fried pickles. This spot is the place to go for the San Pedro (tourist) singles scene since it’s a hostel and bar in one. Lots of locals frequent this bar as well. Great bar food and EXCELLENT PIZZA! They have a great new dock for sunbathing too.
Sandbar Beachfront Hostel, Restaurant and Bar
Amazing fried pickles. This spot is the place to go for the San Pedro (tourist) singles scene since it’s a hostel and bar in one. Lots of locals frequent this bar as well. Great bar food and EXCELLENT PIZZA! They have a great new dock for sunbathing too.
Parks & Nature
Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a San Pedro MUST DO! Swim with sharks, stingrays, turtles, and plenty of beautiful fish! Trips range from $40 - $60USD per person, and any dive shop goes here 1-2x per day. The dive shops are all really great with wonderful & knowledgeable tour guides. Just choose one that’s near the house. Belize Pro Dive Center is a short walk north of us.
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve
2 Barrier Reef Dr
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a San Pedro MUST DO! Swim with sharks, stingrays, turtles, and plenty of beautiful fish! Trips range from $40 - $60USD per person, and any dive shop goes here 1-2x per day. The dive shops are all really great with wonderful & knowledgeable tour guides. Just choose one that’s near the house. Belize Pro Dive Center is a short walk north of us.
This less-frequented snorkel spot is excellent because the coral heads are large and the water not so deep, so you can easily snorkel and see a lot without having to freedive. Frequented by sea turtles and many types of fish. I've even seen a squid and dolphins nearby here.
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Mexico Rocks
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This less-frequented snorkel spot is excellent because the coral heads are large and the water not so deep, so you can easily snorkel and see a lot without having to freedive. Frequented by sea turtles and many types of fish. I've even seen a squid and dolphins nearby here.
Secret Beach started out as an obscure hangout for Belizean families on Sundays. Within the past few years this has become the #1 traveler destination on Ambergris Caye thanks to the shallow, aquamarine water for days. Now there are a half-dozen beach bars and food venues here with volleyball nets, picnic tables in the water, jet ski rentals, and all kinds of people taking selfies. 🤣 There is no sargasso seaweed here, since this is on the lagoon side of the island. You need a golf cart to get here! It’s definitely a San Pedro MUST DO. *Warning that you will be offered drugs here. We STRONGLY RECOMMEND AGAINST PARTICIPATING IN ANY HARD DRUG SCENE HERE IN BELIZE. It is unsafe and these are not people you want to interact with. Just politely decline. Also, on the north side you may come across Belizean kids that ask for rides, ask you to donate money to their sports teams, and offer up other elaborate stories. DO NOT GIVE RIDES TO ANYONE TO OR FROM SECRET BEACH. There are sometimes petty scams and it’s best to avoid giving strangers rides where it can be secluded. In town south of the bridge, where it’s busy, it’s totally fine to give rides to women and children, or men if you are comfortable with that. Many Belizeans (and tourists) simply do not have golf carts. My simple rule is that I only give rides during daylight hours to tourists, women, children, or men in uniform.
Secret Beach Belize - North Ambergris Caye
Secret Beach started out as an obscure hangout for Belizean families on Sundays. Within the past few years this has become the #1 traveler destination on Ambergris Caye thanks to the shallow, aquamarine water for days. Now there are a half-dozen beach bars and food venues here with volleyball nets, picnic tables in the water, jet ski rentals, and all kinds of people taking selfies. 🤣 There is no sargasso seaweed here, since this is on the lagoon side of the island. You need a golf cart to get here! It’s definitely a San Pedro MUST DO. *Warning that you will be offered drugs here. We STRONGLY RECOMMEND AGAINST PARTICIPATING IN ANY HARD DRUG SCENE HERE IN BELIZE. It is unsafe and these are not people you want to interact with. Just politely decline. Also, on the north side you may come across Belizean kids that ask for rides, ask you to donate money to their sports teams, and offer up other elaborate stories. DO NOT GIVE RIDES TO ANYONE TO OR FROM SECRET BEACH. There are sometimes petty scams and it’s best to avoid giving strangers rides where it can be secluded. In town south of the bridge, where it’s busy, it’s totally fine to give rides to women and children, or men if you are comfortable with that. Many Belizeans (and tourists) simply do not have golf carts. My simple rule is that I only give rides during daylight hours to tourists, women, children, or men in uniform.
Shopping
This is an arts and local handmade crafts and jewelry market within a popular bar / restaurant. Find some beautiful jewelry pieces, handcarved Belizean arts, paintings, etc. Cool nautical museum too! Pronounced "Feed-doze"
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Fido's Courtyard and Pier
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This is an arts and local handmade crafts and jewelry market within a popular bar / restaurant. Find some beautiful jewelry pieces, handcarved Belizean arts, paintings, etc. Cool nautical museum too! Pronounced "Feed-doze"
This 2019 remodeled resort has a REALLY cool gift shop with upscale bohemian / beachy women's and men's clothing and essentials. One of the few non-cheesy clothing stores on the island. Beautiful women's dresses, tops, beach throws, and jewelry. (These auto-populated images are inaccurate and show outdated crappy pictures!) Seriously, if you are looking for nice island style or resort wear gifts that aren’t tacky Chinese junk, go here. ;)
Banyan Bay Suites
This 2019 remodeled resort has a REALLY cool gift shop with upscale bohemian / beachy women's and men's clothing and essentials. One of the few non-cheesy clothing stores on the island. Beautiful women's dresses, tops, beach throws, and jewelry. (These auto-populated images are inaccurate and show outdated crappy pictures!) Seriously, if you are looking for nice island style or resort wear gifts that aren’t tacky Chinese junk, go here. ;)
Great little craft chocolate shop with a cafe, and lots of gift ideas and chocolate!
Belize Chocolate Company
Great little craft chocolate shop with a cafe, and lots of gift ideas and chocolate!
Essentials
One of the only "high-end" grocery stores in San Pedro. This place is pricey and smaller, but has higher quality stuff than Super Buy. Has a selection of health foods, spices, and hard to find fresh produce. Warning: any North American chips, crackers, sweets, cookies, or cereals will be exorbitantly priced anywhere in Belize. Seriously, like $15USD for a little box of Wheaties. Bring from home if you need to eat prepackaged snacks or cereals!
The Greenhouse
One of the only "high-end" grocery stores in San Pedro. This place is pricey and smaller, but has higher quality stuff than Super Buy. Has a selection of health foods, spices, and hard to find fresh produce. Warning: any North American chips, crackers, sweets, cookies, or cereals will be exorbitantly priced anywhere in Belize. Seriously, like $15USD for a little box of Wheaties. Bring from home if you need to eat prepackaged snacks or cereals!
This is a large grocery store that has most of what you will need as far as packaged or frozen items, cereal, yogurt, butter, milk etc. Grocery shopping can be a challenge on an island. There are no "healthy" foods here, mostly mass-produced sort of stuff. CHECK THE EXPIRATION DATES. Not recommended for fresh bread or fruits / veggies. Buy bread at The Baker across the street. Buy fresh produce at any streetside fruit stand. Any type of American chips, crackers, cookies, sweets or snacks will be crazy overpriced and likely stale and expired.
Super Buy South
This is a large grocery store that has most of what you will need as far as packaged or frozen items, cereal, yogurt, butter, milk etc. Grocery shopping can be a challenge on an island. There are no "healthy" foods here, mostly mass-produced sort of stuff. CHECK THE EXPIRATION DATES. Not recommended for fresh bread or fruits / veggies. Buy bread at The Baker across the street. Buy fresh produce at any streetside fruit stand. Any type of American chips, crackers, cookies, sweets or snacks will be crazy overpriced and likely stale and expired.
La Divina is a super-friendly restaurant and store a few steps from Jungalow Escalante, and has all your basics — bottles of water, Red Bull, beer, decent wine, bread, butter, fruit, soap, shampoo, ibuprofen, etc. Lots of local homemade goods for sale such as MEAT PIES (a Belizean specialty, available everyday except for Sundays — warning these typically sell out by 8am), bread pudding, coconut cakes, etc. They are also a restaurant that's open every day of the year from morning to night, with cheap pupusas after 5pm. (Pupusas are like a stuffed tortilla, around $2.50bzd each.) The owner’s name is Susana an she is seriously one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet in the world.
La Divina Providencia Store & Cafeteria
La Divina is a super-friendly restaurant and store a few steps from Jungalow Escalante, and has all your basics — bottles of water, Red Bull, beer, decent wine, bread, butter, fruit, soap, shampoo, ibuprofen, etc. Lots of local homemade goods for sale such as MEAT PIES (a Belizean specialty, available everyday except for Sundays — warning these typically sell out by 8am), bread pudding, coconut cakes, etc. They are also a restaurant that's open every day of the year from morning to night, with cheap pupusas after 5pm. (Pupusas are like a stuffed tortilla, around $2.50bzd each.) The owner’s name is Susana an she is seriously one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet in the world.
The largest and most complete supermarket on the island. Remember to check expiration dates, and in general it’s best to buy fresh fruits and vegetables from a roadside fruit stand in Belize, NOT in a supermarket. :) Try Alpha Omega or one of the many other fruit stands on back street if you are in town.
Super Buy Supermarket
The largest and most complete supermarket on the island. Remember to check expiration dates, and in general it’s best to buy fresh fruits and vegetables from a roadside fruit stand in Belize, NOT in a supermarket. :) Try Alpha Omega or one of the many other fruit stands on back street if you are in town.
Entertainment & Activities
One of our top 5 recommendations on Ambergris Caye. This is THE ORIGINAL container beer garden on the island that has inspired many, many copycats. Truck Stop is an absolute Ambergris Caye MUST DO! The best bar and restaurant scene on the island. Nightly events, movies, games, ping pong, jenga, oversized connect four, live music, trivia, and a POOL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Great cocktail list. Three separate container trucks serving up pizza, arepas, and thai food, plus a separate ice cream shop! Open Wed - Sun, 12noon - 9pm. CLOSED IN SEPTEMBER AND PART OF OCTOBER. Check out their Facebook page for all updates as well as all of their nightly events here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/truckstopbz/events/
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The Truck Stop
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One of our top 5 recommendations on Ambergris Caye. This is THE ORIGINAL container beer garden on the island that has inspired many, many copycats. Truck Stop is an absolute Ambergris Caye MUST DO! The best bar and restaurant scene on the island. Nightly events, movies, games, ping pong, jenga, oversized connect four, live music, trivia, and a POOL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Great cocktail list. Three separate container trucks serving up pizza, arepas, and thai food, plus a separate ice cream shop! Open Wed - Sun, 12noon - 9pm. CLOSED IN SEPTEMBER AND PART OF OCTOBER. Check out their Facebook page for all updates as well as all of their nightly events here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/truckstopbz/events/
One of the most beautiful & secluded beachfront bars on the island. Amazing food and cocktails, friendly staff. Go snorkeling right off their scenic dock and see lots of beautiful fish and sea life in the clear water. Or, take a dip in their infinity pool overlooking the reef. It's a perfect detour before hitting Secret Beach. The location shown in this app might be wrong, this is NEXT TO Mata Chica Resort / Mambo Restaurant. They even have a red macaw named Keppy that sits on a perch to greet guests. (But he has been known to bite if you annoy him so be careful!) CHECK THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE OR CALL THEIR NUMBER BEFORE MAKING THE TREK HERE. They are notorious for closing for no apparent reason, like many places on the island. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g291962-d1314919-Reviews-Rojo_Beach_Bar-San_Pedro_Ambergris_Caye_Belize_Cayes.html?m=19905
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Rojo Beach Bar & Lounge
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One of the most beautiful & secluded beachfront bars on the island. Amazing food and cocktails, friendly staff. Go snorkeling right off their scenic dock and see lots of beautiful fish and sea life in the clear water. Or, take a dip in their infinity pool overlooking the reef. It's a perfect detour before hitting Secret Beach. The location shown in this app might be wrong, this is NEXT TO Mata Chica Resort / Mambo Restaurant. They even have a red macaw named Keppy that sits on a perch to greet guests. (But he has been known to bite if you annoy him so be careful!) CHECK THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE OR CALL THEIR NUMBER BEFORE MAKING THE TREK HERE. They are notorious for closing for no apparent reason, like many places on the island. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g291962-d1314919-Reviews-Rojo_Beach_Bar-San_Pedro_Ambergris_Caye_Belize_Cayes.html?m=19905
Great for day-drinking! Plunge into their inner tubes and float in the turquoise water as buckets of Belikins get passed down to you on the rope and pulley system! Great view of the reef, nice place to get some sun. Food is fried, bar food and sometimes mediocre, drinks are good. Live music most nights. Open daily 11am - 11pm.
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Palapa Bar and Grill
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Great for day-drinking! Plunge into their inner tubes and float in the turquoise water as buckets of Belikins get passed down to you on the rope and pulley system! Great view of the reef, nice place to get some sun. Food is fried, bar food and sometimes mediocre, drinks are good. Live music most nights. Open daily 11am - 11pm.
This resort has a lot going on. It has an overwater bar & all-day restaurant, sushi bar, karaoke, overwater zip line, overwater trampoline and inflatable toys, and a super scary slide straight into the Caribbean sea! One of the few places you can swim in their pool if you buy drinks or food.
Caribbean Villas Hotel
This resort has a lot going on. It has an overwater bar & all-day restaurant, sushi bar, karaoke, overwater zip line, overwater trampoline and inflatable toys, and a super scary slide straight into the Caribbean sea! One of the few places you can swim in their pool if you buy drinks or food.
Brand new soccer stadium with almost-nightly games. (We still haven't figured out where their official schedule is, or if one exists. Just look out the window to see if the stadium lights are on and if people are gathering.) They usually sell cheap beer and local fast-food. You can also (normally) bring in your own food & drink. Fun and inexpensive way to spend an evening like a local!
Ambergris Stadium
Brand new soccer stadium with almost-nightly games. (We still haven't figured out where their official schedule is, or if one exists. Just look out the window to see if the stadium lights are on and if people are gathering.) They usually sell cheap beer and local fast-food. You can also (normally) bring in your own food & drink. Fun and inexpensive way to spend an evening like a local!
DO NOT MISS! Banyan Bay is the newest hotspot on the island since under new management. (Airbnb photos on this guidebook are mostly inaccurate!) This resort has it all, super chic, great design and people watching, spa and massage center, excellent gift shop with unique island resort wear and gifts, lots of beachside games (chess, beer pong, cornhole), hammocks, live music, great pizza made to order in a clay oven, Pier 366 Restaurant, 2 outdoor bars, a sailing center (kayak, paddleboard, and hobie cat rentals) a full snorkel and dive center, and they just recently added a super swaggy dock bar and lounge area with overwater beds and swimming area. Go to the very end of the dock, you won't be disappointed. GO HERE!
Banyan Bay Suites
DO NOT MISS! Banyan Bay is the newest hotspot on the island since under new management. (Airbnb photos on this guidebook are mostly inaccurate!) This resort has it all, super chic, great design and people watching, spa and massage center, excellent gift shop with unique island resort wear and gifts, lots of beachside games (chess, beer pong, cornhole), hammocks, live music, great pizza made to order in a clay oven, Pier 366 Restaurant, 2 outdoor bars, a sailing center (kayak, paddleboard, and hobie cat rentals) a full snorkel and dive center, and they just recently added a super swaggy dock bar and lounge area with overwater beds and swimming area. Go to the very end of the dock, you won't be disappointed. GO HERE!
This resort has gorgeous grounds overflowing with tropical foliage, a great coffee shop, an even better dive shop —renowned as one of the best on the island. Their restaurant, Pineapples, is picturesque and has very good food as well. Very popular with Belizean families who live on the mainland and take weekend trips to the cayes.
Ramons Village Resort
This resort has gorgeous grounds overflowing with tropical foliage, a great coffee shop, an even better dive shop —renowned as one of the best on the island. Their restaurant, Pineapples, is picturesque and has very good food as well. Very popular with Belizean families who live on the mainland and take weekend trips to the cayes.
Excellent dive shop very close to the house. See the listing for Banyan Bay — this resort has a lot going on and is our newest 2019 DO NOT MISS recommendation.
Belize Pro Dive Center
Excellent dive shop very close to the house. See the listing for Banyan Bay — this resort has a lot going on and is our newest 2019 DO NOT MISS recommendation.
All of your water transportation needs in one spot! Hourly rentals of kayaks, paddleboards, hobie cats, etc.
Belize Sailing Center
All of your water transportation needs in one spot! Hourly rentals of kayaks, paddleboards, hobie cats, etc.
Gorgeous upscale resort with a great restaurant and picturesque pool. Pool open to guests who buy drinks!
Las Terrazas Resort
Gorgeous upscale resort with a great restaurant and picturesque pool. Pool open to guests who buy drinks!
Awesome bar and dive shop. Food is really hit or miss to be honest. Beautiful view of the water. A favorite with northside expats and travelers too. A great place to sunbathe and kayak out to the reef. Their kayaks are free to use and the reef is not far from this location. You must wear a life vest! Seriously. We’ve had friends who thought they were invincible kayak too close to the reef and get shipwrecked, and had to be rescued by a passing boat. Respect the gear, respect the reef!
The Dive Bar
Awesome bar and dive shop. Food is really hit or miss to be honest. Beautiful view of the water. A favorite with northside expats and travelers too. A great place to sunbathe and kayak out to the reef. Their kayaks are free to use and the reef is not far from this location. You must wear a life vest! Seriously. We’ve had friends who thought they were invincible kayak too close to the reef and get shipwrecked, and had to be rescued by a passing boat. Respect the gear, respect the reef!
Getting Around
This is the only gas station that you will use if you need to fill up your golf cart! They close around 7 or 8pm. It is illegal to pump your own gas in Belize so just pull up and wait your turn to be helped by the nice guys working there. You can tip them a few bucks and make their day. Note: unless you are in San Pedro for over a week you should not need to fill your tank. (Fun fact: I fill ours every 6 weeks and it costs $75BZD.)
Caribeña Fuels Gas Station
This is the only gas station that you will use if you need to fill up your golf cart! They close around 7 or 8pm. It is illegal to pump your own gas in Belize so just pull up and wait your turn to be helped by the nice guys working there. You can tip them a few bucks and make their day. Note: unless you are in San Pedro for over a week you should not need to fill your tank. (Fun fact: I fill ours every 6 weeks and it costs $75BZD.)
This is our go-to cart rental spot for the past 4 years and we know these guys well. If you are interested in renting a golf cart, please text us through Airbnb and we will schedule a cart to be dropped off to you within about an hour. These carts are super clean, ride smoother than some of the other companies, and are well-maintained. They have 24 hour assistance should you need it. (You shouldn’t). They offer free cart drop off and pick-up, and they will also drop you off at water taxi or airport when you return the cart.
ATM Golf Cart Rental
This is our go-to cart rental spot for the past 4 years and we know these guys well. If you are interested in renting a golf cart, please text us through Airbnb and we will schedule a cart to be dropped off to you within about an hour. These carts are super clean, ride smoother than some of the other companies, and are well-maintained. They have 24 hour assistance should you need it. (You shouldn’t). They offer free cart drop off and pick-up, and they will also drop you off at water taxi or airport when you return the cart.
This is where the water taxi leaves for San Pedro and Caye Caulker. To get here from BZE international airport take a taxi cab — the ride costs about $25USD.
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San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi
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This is where the water taxi leaves for San Pedro and Caye Caulker. To get here from BZE international airport take a taxi cab — the ride costs about $25USD.
This is where the INTERNATIONAL water taxi arrives from and departs to Chetumal, Mexico. There are two services that make these runs on alternating days, Water Jets International and San Pedro Belize Express. We recommend San Pedro Belize Express if you have a choice of travel dates.
San Pedro International Ferry Terminal
This is where the INTERNATIONAL water taxi arrives from and departs to Chetumal, Mexico. There are two services that make these runs on alternating days, Water Jets International and San Pedro Belize Express. We recommend San Pedro Belize Express if you have a choice of travel dates.
This is how you will arrive by international flight into Belize. The airport code is BZE. Once you get through Immigration and Customs, you can take a gorgeous scenic 12-15 minute flight via Tropic Air or Maya Air to San Pedro. The price is around $65-$85USD/person each way. (Maya Air will be around $10 cheaper per person.) Both companies are very reputable and safe. Alternately, you can take a cab from BZE to the water taxi dock in Belize City (about $25USD) , and then take the 1.5 hour boat to San Pedro (around $15US/person). We highly recommend the flight! It's not that much more expensive than the boat when you consider cab fare and time saved.
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Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport
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This is how you will arrive by international flight into Belize. The airport code is BZE. Once you get through Immigration and Customs, you can take a gorgeous scenic 12-15 minute flight via Tropic Air or Maya Air to San Pedro. The price is around $65-$85USD/person each way. (Maya Air will be around $10 cheaper per person.) Both companies are very reputable and safe. Alternately, you can take a cab from BZE to the water taxi dock in Belize City (about $25USD) , and then take the 1.5 hour boat to San Pedro (around $15US/person). We highly recommend the flight! It's not that much more expensive than the boat when you consider cab fare and time saved.