Shopping in Belize and San PedroVisitors and locals delight in strolling around San Pedro Town and obtaining souvenirs for their friends and relatives back home. In San Pedro this can be a really rewarding experience and an adventure in itself.
Ambergris Caye is known for its wide variety of products, whether they are made in San Pedro, some other part of Belize, Mexico, Guatemala or anywhere else on the globe.
From the incredible variety of artwork at Belizean Arts in Fido's, to the classical beauty of the jewelry found in many locations, San Pedro Town offers a wealth of unusual and interesting Central American goods.
Take a walk down Front Street, the colorful and interesting stores are all a short walk away. No mall action around here, but quiet comfortable shops await you. Looking for these items and gifts is a fun experience and adventure in itself.
Ambergris Caye doesn't have a mall, but you won't miss it as we do a wide array of shops: from tiny vendors on the street to several gift shops, art galleries, clothing stores and Belizean lifestyle boutiques, like 12 Belize.
The gift shops mainly carry products made by local Belizeans, Mexicans, Guatemalan and imported items as well. You will also find an incredible variety of artwork, classic beautiful jewelry and much more as you stroll around La Isla Bonita. San Pedro Town gives everyone a wide selection of unusual and interesting Central American goodies. Among the items available for purchase in San Pedro are art, jewelry, wine and liquor, photography, clothing, edibles, furniture, wood or bamboo products, beauty and skin care products, a wide variety of foods, music, ceramics, paintings, travel guides, coins, Cuban cigars and other tobacco products, and much more.
Among the items available for purchase in San Pedro are art, jewelry, wines and liquors, photography, clothing, edibles, furniture and wood or bamboo products, beauty treatments, food of so many kinds, music, ceramics, paintings, travel guides, coins, Cuban cigars and other tobacco products, and oh so much more...
Locals and visitors have many reasons to stop at a vendor on the side of the street or to check out a nice gift shop and other stores or galleries. Whether to find a little memento for a relative or close friend or to take back something that represents our country's attractiveness, creativity and culture, shoppers are sure to find something to suit their tastes. Visitors shopping in San Pedro will also be treated to a bit of a cultural tour as they peruse the various representational arts of the many cultures from throughout the region.
On weekend evenings, the downtown is pedestrian only, making for a delightful evening stroll for shopping with no traffic whatsoever.
Below is a listing of the stores on the island who have an online presence. Take note of them, and look them up when you arrive onto the island. Don't leave without a few new sets of summer clothes!
Several thousands of visitors flock to our little island every year for a nice getaway, and always, theres the dreaded souvenir shopping day, a day reserved solely for buying little gift items for friends back home. To make matters more complicated, gone are the days when a simple Belize t-shirt would do. Now, everyone is a connoisseur of fine art and native artifacts. A t-shirt? Forget it!
Thus, visitors now find themselves reserving a special day for shopping. With the new rules of souvenir shopping, stores and gift shops have had to overhaul their products they offer, and as you will found out, the variety is amazing! From exotic hard woods, Belizean cookbooks, fanciful house accessories to Belizean sauces, rums and spices, the products available just boggle the mind!
The main road, locally known as “Front Street” is where you will find many of these shops. Front Street is more formally known as Barrier Reef Drive, which is what you'll see on the maps.
From the moment you start strolling down this street, it is obvious that there is no shortage of stores to choose from. Once within the actual stores, choosing products from the wide array available is perhaps the only hard work youll have to do. Everyones tastes are different, and for each discriminating consumer, there is something new.
There are several great shops on Middle St (Pescador Dr) and Back St (Almond St) as well as some of the other smaller side streets.
Of special note is 12 Belize, “12” as it is locally known, sells only items and products made in Belize. It is a completely different collection of items and products found anywhere else. You will also feel great knowing you are supporting the dozen+ micro businesses from throughout Belize that go into the collection found only at 12.
If you're looking for help with your destination wedding, whether it be event planning and wedding design assistance or items for Guest Welcome Bags, 12 Belize is also the best place to go. They will help with all your wedding and event related needs.
Why not take home some of the fantastic Belizean spices to add some excitement and heat to your favorite dishes. Of course, no meal would be complete without our fiery Belizean hot sauces. Try the mild, hot or the extra hot. Take them home and share with your friends. These are found at Blu as well as other gift shops around town.
To find fantastic wood carvings, visit the Little Old Craft Shop, located right on Barrier Reef Drive. Visit them as well for great black coral jewelry.
There is a map of downtown at the bottom of this page to help you find your way around town.
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The Caribbean lifestyle is superbly shown by the local artists.
Belizean Arts Gallery - Largest collection of paintings in Belize. Featuring contemporary, native and realistic works by leading and on the rise artists. Gold and silver artisan jewelry, ceramics, fabrics and more. Open daily 9 AM to 10 PM. Deep inside Fido's Courtyard. 226-3019.
Island Dog Art- Mike Gvara draws from the beach in San Pedro. An incredible variety of detailed drawings from our island paradise.
Amy Brown - Amy Brown creates ceramic sculpture and oils of tropical fish, flowers, sailing and diving.
Eden Art Paintings and Vases - Katrina Samuels offers up exotic art from the tropical paradise of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye in the beautiful country of Belize.
Orlando Garrido- Orlando Garrido's art will take you by the hand and present you personally to the vibrant indigenous culture of the Garifuna in Belize.
Pamela Braun - oil & water colors of Belize
The Gallery - We have the largest selection of Belizean Art in the country, with over 1500 Belize-made paintings,over 700 Belize-made Masks & Carvings. We also have the largest selection of the finest hammocks and blankets.
Kirt Cruz - The Painter - Kirt Jason Cruz is a 35 year old Belizean artist originally from San Ignacio Town, currently residing in San Pedro. Kirt does “street side art” in San Pedro Town, and his work has become quite the commodity. Locals and many tourists that visit the island and wish to take back home pieces of paradise often choose pieces by Kirt. Next time you’re in San Pedro Town, look out for Kirt and his amazing paintings.
Click here for more on the artists of Belize and San Pedro.
Specialty Shop / Life Style Boutiques
12 Belize - a store where you will find only products and goodies made the country. “12” is store and museum altogether. You will be finding beautiful gifts and seeing talents from our Belizean folks all throughout Belize. With goods from over a dozen Belizean micro-businesses, 12 is proud of the beautiful, world class quality made here in un-Belize-able Belize, and is thrilled to be able to share all of it with the world. 12Belize is on Tarpon St.
D & G Fine Jewelry and Arts - Designs by Dimas Guerrero. Founded in 1976, D & G has been creating design in precious metals and stones, as well as rendering original local pieces made from black coral, a material native to Belize's nature and seas.
Amber - Beautiful jewelry in Fido's
Mambo Chill - A great store with clothing, jewelry, beautiful fabrics and designs.
Wine De Vine - Fine Wines & Imported Cheese on a lush tropical island! Visit the one and only gourmet wine & cheese shop in San Pedro, Belize. Gift baskets & deli platters. Imported olives oils & vinegars.
Rendezvous Estates - Rendezvous Restaurant and Winery produces their own brand of wines made right on the property. With five favorites you are sure to find one you'll enjoy. Many vintners from all over the world that have dinned at Rendezvous often take a case to go.
The beauty of the local scene is best portrayed by the amazing work of the local island photographers
Conch Creative - Maya Papovic and Colette Kase are Conch Creative. Maya is an award winning, internationally published photographer. Producing gorgeous, evocative and creative wedding images, she is known for her friendly and relaxed approach with couples, turning photography sessions into fun and informal experiences.
Olivera Rusu Photography Olivera Rusu Photography is a professional photography studio specializing in artistic wedding and engagement photography in San Pedro, Belize. Olivera provides professional photography services to clients in Belize, San Pedro, Caye Chapel, Belize City, Ambergis Caye, Belmopan, and San Ignacio.
Tech Transilvania - We provide video service on the island of Ambergis Caye. All videos are shot exclusively with 3 CCD Sony Digital Equipment. We cover weddings, parties and events. We also provide video editing, video conversion, and video transfer.
Caribe Creations- "From cloth to clothes in 24 hours!" - we MAKE every item of clothing here. Kool, klassy tie-it-on clothing made on a Caribbean island in Belize. Ambergris Caye is where we turn beautiful tropical prints into unique comfortable designs for the whole family and puppy too!
Rubi Moon - RubiMoon is beautiful Womens and Girls Clothing. I only bring to you what I wear and love myself. All the Girls clothing is approved by my wonderful daughters.
Richie's Supermarket - Shop for less! Your Belizean Family owned supermarket with a general grocery store, stationary department and a women's boutique.. Offering a wide selection of wines, local rums, imported liquors, whiskey, beers, fresh fruit and vegetables, frozen meats, dry goods, toiletries. Free delivery within San Pedro Town. We are located at the roundabout at the entrance to the San Juan area. Our fully air conditioned facilities house name brand merchandise bought directly from wholesalers in Miami. Locally made products are also prominently displayed throughout our store. Phone 226-4192.
Rojo Market - The just opened Rojo Market at Azul Belize features a variety of delicious packaged goods, baked goods, fresh breads, produce, ice cream, seafood, prepared salads, deli meats, hummus/menu items, wines, etc... It is open from noon until 9:00 pm, Monday-Saturday. Everything perfect for a beach picnic, to bring on a dive tour or back to where you are staying. With items prepared fresh daily, customers can expect the same quality of the dinners served at Rojo Lounge. Phone #s: 501-226-2972/3 Fax: 501-226-2984
Mata Grande Grocery - We are the only grocery store north of the cut which is not affiliated with a resort. We strive to keep our prices low and happily service the needs of both locals and tourists. Our online shopping site offers a convenient way for tourists planning a trip to the island to shop and pre-order their groceries.
DandE's Frozen Custard & Sorbet- If you like ice cream, you will LOVE DandEs Frozen Custard! We also serve thick, delicious shakes and mouth watering sundaes and banana boats – tasty treats not to be missed while on Ambergris Caye.
Lagniappe Provisioning- delivering groceries, ready-to-serve gourmet meals, fine wines, beer, liquor and more just in time for your arrival. Your one stop grocery center!
Caribbean Spice Belize - Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free! We are in Belize City at San Pedro Belize Express. There we also carry all natural bath and body products from all around Belize. We have over 30 free tasting available every day.
In San Pedro, Green House carries everything we make, and Lara at 12 Belize carries some products as well. Stop by our Online Store Today and Sign Up for your Free Recipe Booklet!
Mahogany Chocolate - Bean-to-bar craft chocolatier, whose process starts in choice organic cacao farms of southern Belize. All ingredients are locally sourced and handcrafted with love, on-site at Mahogany Bay Village!
Graniels Construction & Cabinet Shop, Dreamland- The work of the Graniels is well reknown for its beauty and quality. Beautiful wood products of every kind.
Bamboo Crafts & Furniture of Belize- Handcrafted and customed designed in Belize, with a rustic and tropical look.
Road to Cayo - Handcrafted, heirloom-quality furniture, home accessories, and art pieces that are inspired by the natural beauty of Belize and are as unique and special as the hands that made them. On-site at Mahogany Bay Village!
Online Belizean Bookstore - tied into various book databases including Amazon.com, Book World, Boomj, Library Bookshop, Looneytunes CDs, MyTweenCentral, Schoolfundstore, The Africa Channel, The Librarians Choice, and Through the Magic Door .
"12" - "12" is one of the only shops in Belize that features only Belizean made luxury products and gifts suitable for both levels and tourists. Featuring exclusive items from around the country from soaps and scrubs to handbags and sauces. We ship same day throughout Belize. 670-5272.
GRANIEL'S DREAMLAND - Exotic Hardwoods and Mahogany Products made locally on the island. Gift items, indoor and outdoor furniture, carvings, and custom-made orders. Worldwide shipping. Free delivery to Hotel, airport or boat within town limits. 226-2938, Pescador Drive.
BELIZEAN BREEZES SOAP COMPANY Home to over 160 scents of all natural, hand poured soaps! From bars to guest soaps, cupcakes soaps and a ton of fun! A full line of affordable and unique jewelry and gift items. A must see. 9 AM to 8 PM, 671-2025.
HAVANA CIGAR'S BELIZE Our walk-in humidor stocks and ever-changing selection of some of the finest handmade cigars from Cuba, Central America, and the Caribbean. We also offer an air-conditioned smoking lounge with a full bar and café. On Front Street, across from Holiday Hotel. 226-4576.
SAN PEDRO ARTISANS MARKET Over 20 booths featuring local art and crafts. Woodcarvings, jewelry, paintings, sculptures, souvenirs and much more. Open daily from 8 AM until 9 PM. Located on Angel Coral Street across from the Hon. Louis Sylvester stadium.
Here is a map of the downtown area, with many of the shops and stores marked. You can click the map to get a larger version of it, making it much easier to read the details.
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