Growing up in a small southern farming community; I’ve always loved the backroads and “out of the way” places. As I’ve traveled over the last few years, I’m realizing my most enjoyable days are spent exploring the “back roads”. I love finding the local spots that are many times overlooked by tourist; here for only a few short days.
After moving to the island of Ambergris Caye off the coast of Belize; you would think living on an island would provide that calm peaceful environment you envision of an island in the Caribbean. Of course, it does; the awesome colors of the ocean and breathtaking barrier reef are mesmerizing. The peacefulness can easily be found in the quiet morning walks on the beach, or the calm, serene stillness of the unbelievable sunsets.
As with every situation, there is always a balance, so the opposite is true as well. San Pedro has grown tremendously over the past few years and in turn shops, restaurants and beach bars have popped up to accommodate the influx of both tourists and expats. Elegant new homes, condo complexes, and beachside resorts are continually under construction. So whether you are looking for the peace and quiet or you want to experience the hustle and bustle of this colorful island, you will find that here on Ambergris Caye.
When tourists visit the island for a few days, most have an idea of which well-known bars, beaches, and restaurants they definitely want to try. With a limited amount of time, it’s often difficult to sample all this great little island has to offer.
My advice to allow at least one day and “take the back roads”. Explore the small mom and pop stands for the best local food you will find. Take time to shop the street vendors and local fruit stands. Visit backstreet on Tuesday mornings when the Mennonite farmers come from the mainland in boats filled with local produce. Visit Caye Coffee and observe their roasting process of the islands famous coffee. Enjoy a Saturday morning Farmers Market at Mahogany Bay down south, or the Truck Stop on the north side of the island.
Rent a golf cart, rent a bicycle or better yet, spend the day walking and truly explore the all the unique little “back road” experiences here on Ambergris Caye Belize.