Trip report San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, June 19-26
This was our sixth trip to Belize in 4 years. We stayed at the Palms, again, and were not disappointed. The view is amazing, the condos are well maintained and very clean, the staff is helpful and very nice, and the walk to town is very short. I don't think we would even consider staying elsewhere.
A couple of negatives to get out of the way first. Town was not crowded at all, even though it was Lobster Fest. We have been there at the same time the last few years, and I was surprised at how few people were around. Walked right in to some of the higher end restaurants without reservations. Certainly not good for their economy. The other thing, possibly related, was the aggressive behaviors of some of the time share folks. Stopped several times while walking by folks on golf carts, trying to get us to go to their presentation, not time share, mind you, but interval ownership, or something similar. They were no where near a booth. Then, on the beach in front of Belizean Reef, near a booth, we were stopped several times a day by one particularly aggressive young man. My feeling, once you have stopped us 3 times, stop. We actually started walking the alley instead of the beach to get past this guy. I asked him to stop hassling us, and walked away, but it seems he made an out of line comment to DH.
Now the good. The food! Everywhere was good. We ate at Blue Water Grill, El Patio, Sunset Grill, Elvi's, Estelle's three times, Celi's, etc. Mostly lobster or grilled fish. The flautas (fish) at Elvi's are excellent, but so was everything else. Went to Caulker one day and ate at Rainbow Grill-also excellent. All week we asked about our favorite waiter, Kevin, also known as Junior from Ambergris Delights, and formerly Jade Garden. Finally found him our last day there. He now has a barbeque stand across from Belize Bank on the corner on Front Street. This is a hard working young man, and very personable. Also, his chicken is excellent, with rice and beans and slaw for $5 US. If you get the chance, check it out. He and his partner are working hard to open their own place. They also have sausage, and ribs and grilled fish on the weekends.
We really needed a down week, after a rough spring, and that's exactly what we did. Lots of reading, swimming, good food, and staring at the reef. Back to the real world tomorrow, but already planning the next escape. Did I mention I hate the Miami Airport? Best option for us as shortest flights, but it is always an adventure!