Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Topic Options
Marty Offline
A German Style House in Belize! Touring Spanish Lookout.

An unusual style House in Belize! Touring Spanish Lookout.

I’ve mentioned before how Belize should not only be about beaches and snorkelling. Having enjoyed the thrills of Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye, I headed to the capital city Belmopan. And then we ended up touring an area known as Spanish Lookout. Yes that is the real name of this settlement but it’s not really Spanish…more like a community of Germans living in Belize!!

The entrance to the road to Spanish Lookout, Belize

The entrance to the road to Spanish Lookout, Belize

Getting to Spanish Lookout
Spanish Lookout is in the middle of nowhere and without regular bus runs, your main options will be:
1. Hire a car
2. Hitch hike
3. Hire a driver

We were out on an all day tour visiting other parts of inland Belize so we had a driver organised thanks to Nick at the El Rey Hotel in Belmopan. Our driver was local lad Shenley (he’s in some of my videos below). Hitch hiking isn’t a great option as cars in this remote part are few and far between as we found out when we had to hitch a ride back from Actun Tunichil Muknal.

The drive to Spanish Lookout

The drive to Spanish Lookout

Things to See and Do at Spanish Lookout
Despite the funky sounding name, you won’t be stood with a pair of binoculars looking for Spaniards, or even in the company of Spaniards. It’s a community of Mennonites here who speak Plautdietsch as their mother tongue (something similar to German or Dutch).

Driving through Spanish Lookout

Driving through Spanish Lookout


It’s a dispersed settlement in the Cayo District of Eastern Belize, with farms and scattered villages, and according to the 2010 census, Spanish Lookout has a population of 2,253 people in 482 households. It is largely an agricultural community with some light industry.

Spanish Lookout, Belize

Spanish Lookout, Belize

These are the three main things to do:

1. Ice Cream
The best ice cream in Belize is made here and they also have a public ice cream cafe open to the public which we headed to. WD’s ice cream shop. I had independence ice cream which is red, white and blue (an irony in those colours given that the independence was from the UK!) and Panny had a cheesecake flavour ice cream. The ice cream was excellent.

Panny and I with our ice creams at WDs, Spanish Lookout, Belize.

Panny and I with our ice creams at WDs, Spanish Lookout, Belize.

2. Reimer’s Natural Organic Shop
Panny was looking for some oils and beauty products and the organic shop here in Spanish Lookout is one of the best in Belize, if not Central America. It’s name is Reimer’s Health Food shop – it is well signposted and known within the community here.

Reimer's Health Food Store in Spanish Lookout, Belize.

Reimer’s Health Food Store in Spanish Lookout, Belize.

Reimer's Health Food Store in Spanish Lookout, Belize.

Reimer’s Health Food Store in Spanish Lookout, Belize.

In fact it was this idea of Panny’s that took us out to this bizarre and unusual place. I have to say it was a cool trip and Panny got all the things she needed in Reimer’s.

Panny shopping in Reimer's Health Food Shop.

Panny shopping in Reimer’s Health Food Shop.

3. Farms
You’re in Belizean countryside here so farms are everywhere. There’s a chicken farm and factory called  Dis Da Fi Wi Chicken which we only drove past but you can stop at.

Farms at Spanish Lookout, Belize

Farms at Spanish Lookout, Belize

And so after touring Spanish Lookout we headed to the ruins at Xunantunich. We still never found out why the place is called Spanish Lookout and on all of my travels, this ranks as one of the most odd yet interesting places we were at.

Reimer's Health Store in Spanish Lookout

Reimer’s Health Store in Spanish Lookout

Here are some videos from our trip to Spanish Lookout, Belize:

Don't Stop Living

Spanish Lookout (Belize) History

A video documentary of life in Spanish Lookout, Belize, from 1958 to 2008. Including Mennonite history.

#502250 - 03/15/15 12:17 PM Re: MENNONITE COMMUNITY AT SPANISH LOOKOUT [Re: Marty]
ScubaLdy Offline
Interesting report. BTW - WD's is the logo for Western Dairy that does make good ice cream but they also make a full line of cheese and other dairy products.
Take only pictures leave only bubbles

#505770 - 07/08/15 11:23 PM Re: MENNONITE COMMUNITY AT SPANISH LOOKOUT [Re: ScubaLdy]
Laguna Punta Offline
Spanish Lookout is also the best place for shopping in Belize. Universal Hardware has vast selection of everything "hardware" and is the best place to buy a motorcycle. The Farmer's Market is a large shopping center...hardware, electronic's, clothing, food, and just about anything else sold at reasonable prices. Several other stores include auto supply stores and the previously mentioned WD Ice Cream Store. All stores in Spanish Lookout are very clean and the service is universally polite.
Gone fishing!!

#505793 - 07/10/15 07:12 AM Re: MENNONITE COMMUNITY AT SPANISH LOOKOUT [Re: Marty]
elbert Offline
I was struck by how neat, clean and orderly everything seem to be as soon as I crossed over into Spanish Lookout. A noticeable lack of roadside litter and buildings needing paint. Why is this place different that most of the other towns in Belize?
The Dive Shops Daily Blog

#505797 - 07/10/15 09:41 AM Re: MENNONITE COMMUNITY AT SPANISH LOOKOUT [Re: Marty]
dabunk Offline
It is that was because the Mennonites themselves take care of the community. If you see the beautiful highway into from the bridge it is that way because the Mennonites themselves built it. They even produce their own electricity for their community and are proud to say that they have only lost power once in many many years. It is a society all unto itself and they do an excellent job of it!!!


Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!

Things to do

Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Love FM
The Reporter
Caye Caulker

TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
iTravel Belize
Paradise Theater

San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Bound for Belize
Conch Creative
As The Coconuts Drop
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We manage a variety of homes, apartments, condos and commercial properties here on Ambergris Caye. Our minimum lease on ALL properties is six months.
Conch Shell Inn: All rooms are right on the beach in the heart of San Pedro, so within walking distance to anything and everything!!
Lil’ Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
Mini Chat

Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31
Who's Online
0 registered (), 27 Guests and 6 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
18,631 Registered Members
44 Forums
63,687 Topics
461,187 Posts

Most users ever online: 1,262 @ 06/10/07 02:16 PM

AmbergrisCaye.com CayeCaulker.org HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town
BelizeSearch.com Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History
BelizeNews.com Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory
BelizeCards.com SanPedroDaily.com Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.