San Pedro Post OfficeSan Pedro Town did not have an official post office until June 18th, 1986. Before, mail was issued and collected by postal agents. In the late 1800's, postal services were provided by the town constable at the local police station. Much later, people could pick up and send their mail from Fido's Courtyard. Mr. Leonel Reyes was appointed the next postal agent and provided postal services until 1986.
Angel Valdez was designated District Post Master and managed the post office alone. "We had only 30 P.O. Boxes," recalled Angel. "Most of the mail was general delivery and mail was only delivered and received on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If someone had a parcel, the parcel was assessed in Belize City and a bill was made. The package and bill would then be delivered to San Pedro. The person would then have to pay me for the package."
In May of 1995, Carlos Polanco was appointed as Angel's assistant. Carlos is originally from the Cayo District and moved to San Pedro shortly before he started working at -the post office.
There are now 100 P.O. Boxes and mail is delivered and received on every working day. Parcels are cleared directly with Angel and Carlos. Many other services are offered. People can now insure mail, cash money orders, buy collector's items and purchase phone cards at the post office. According to Angel, the most amazing thing of all is that over the last 12 years (June 18th makes 12 years), the postal rates have remained the same for letters. Nothing has changed. There has been a slight increase in postal rates for the delivery of packages but nothing else. Angel said that the rates will hopefully remain the same for many, many years to come.