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#483167 - 01/16/14 06:46 AM first time visitor
larry belford Offline
This February will be our first time to San Pedro and are staying a week.
Any suggestions on what cloths to bring (or anything else to bring)and when we get there where to eat and shop?
We live in St. Augustine FL and really enjoy our beach.
Open for suggestions....


#483179 - 01/16/14 08:30 AM Re: first time visitor [Re: larry belford]
tahunt Offline
Bring only shorts, t-shirts, and swim suits. Plus all your snorkel and dive gear. There is really nowhere on the island that requires a long pair of pants. Food is wonderful everywhere you eat. Don't be afraid to eat lunch or a late night snack in the park or at a corner street vendor. "Street Meat" is wonderful in San Pedro. No worries I have been there many times and never been sick or had a bad meal from a street vendor. Restaurants depend on what type of food you like and where you are staying. Everyone has their favorites and everyone you ask will have a different opinion. If you are in town Blue Water Grill, Wild Mangos, Fido's, Elvi's Kitchen, they are all wonderful. If you are south of town, Robins Kitchen is wonderful too. There are just too many places to name. Ask a local and you will also get some good advice most likely. Best of luck on your trip and don't forget to come write a trip report and let everyone here know how it goes.

#483182 - 01/16/14 08:44 AM Re: first time visitor [Re: larry belford]
elbert Offline
Here is a little info I send out.
Divers visiting the Island and White Sands Dive Shop.
Ambergris Caye/San Pedro Belize
First time visiting any place is confusing so this info might help.
Ambergris Caye is a long narrow island that runs North and South. The Barrier Reef runs parallel to the island on its East side, so thatís where we dive. Almost all the development, Hotels, Resorts, Restaurants, bars, Dive Shop etc. are lined up along the East shore. The West Side of the island is mangrove and lagoon.
The international airport is on the mainland of Belize in a town called Ladyville. After you land you will need transportation to the island. Itís easy to catch one of the small aircraft to the island from international and they leave every hour. You will land at the airstrip which is in the town of San Pedro on the South end of Ambergris Caye. If you came by boat you most likely dock in San Pedro as well.
Cabs are cheap and easy to use for short distances around the town core where streets are paved.
Tourist and residents travel up and down the island along its East shore either by The Costal Express water taxi or by golf cart. The town core has good road but after you leave town and cross the little bridge headed North the road is a single lane dirt path. Dive shops, resorts and some restaurants have boats that pick up and drop off guest for their variety of activities. Our dive shop has a boat that picks up and drops off at almost all the resorts. Morning pick up times are from 8:00-8:30 .

Snorkeling adventures depart each morning at 9am, visiting Mexico Rocks or The Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley.
These two stop snorkeling trips returns you to your dock at 12:30 pm, just in time for lunch. Trips cost 45.usd. (See price list)
Dive Trips to the Barrier Reef depart daily. One of our boats is always headed out for either a Two-Tank trip or a Single-Tank dive on the Barrier Reef. We have 30 sites we visit and they typically begin on the edge of the wall at 45 feet and range in depths along the Spur and Groove formations from 60 to 80 feet. The sites are approximately 5 to 15 minutes from the dive shop and depart daily at 9am returning at approximately 12:30 (lunch time) from the Two-Tank trip and 10:30 AM from the One-Tank trip. All the dives are led by a Divemaster/Guide. Which dive site we visit is determined by the Divemaster who considers sea conditions such as current and visibility, and also the divers on the trip; his goal is to not show the divers the same site twice.
I hope this helps. If you have more questions Iím at 501-226-2405 in Belize or elbertgreer@fastmail.fm .
The Dive Shops Daily Blog

#483184 - 01/16/14 09:25 AM Re: first time visitor [Re: elbert]
Loansum-Al K Offline
Great infomercial Elbert grin
I'm happier than a pig in s__t...a foot on the sand...and a Belikin in my hand!

#483306 - 01/17/14 08:55 AM Re: first time visitor [Re: tahunt]
larry belford Offline
Thanks for all the information. And sure will give a report on our visit.

#483307 - 01/17/14 08:56 AM Re: first time visitor [Re: elbert]
larry belford Offline
Thanks for all the info.

#483337 - 01/17/14 01:57 PM Re: first time visitor [Re: larry belford]
Judyann H. Offline
Hello Larry....If you do make your way South to the Black Orchid Restaurant be sure and ask for me.....We always like to mention when our Message Board friends visit the Restaurant.....
My friends call me Judyann



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