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One of the great things about being on Ambergris Caye or anywhere in Belize, in general, is when it comes to eating the local dishes. There are a variety of options to choose from that meet any price range from a $2 taco to a delicious extravagant meal and everything in between. Since I live on the island I am primarily focusing on Restaurants in San Pedro.

Must-Try Local Foods

While on vacation many people like to eat more like the locals do. That means rice and beans, stewed chicken with coleslaw on the side which is one of the main dishes of the country. You won’t go wrong with practically any place that serves it and it’s pretty much ready from about 11:30 am.

Breakfast: meat pies, beans with eggs, cheese and flour tortillas, burritos, tacos and stuffed fry jacks.

Lunch: rice and beans with any meat selection, varying from chicken, pork, fish, lobster, beef, shrimp or conch whether it’s stewed, baked, fried or grilled.

Dinner: famous pupusas, tostadas, garnaches. Dinner menus also include BBQ (usually chicken or ribs), soups as well as rice and beans which also can always fall under this category.

As for drinks, being in a sub-tropical climate means there is a wide variety of fruits to choose from such as orange, lime, watermelon, cantaloupe and banana to name a few. Just ask what’s in season (fruit wise) while you are here.

Well Know Local Food Restaurants in San Pedro Belize

    • Antojitos – Great local for those staying south of town.
    • Boogy’s Belly – Well known low-cost breakfast place in town.
    • Briana’s Deli – Authentic Belizean dinners.
    • Caliente’s – Who would not want Mexican food on the beach?
    • El Fogon – If you are feeling adventurous try their stewed pig’s tail and don’t forget their key lime pie for dessert.
    • Elvie’s Kitchen – Also well know local eatery. Try their Friday night Mayan Buffet.
    • Estel’s – Known as a hot breakfast spot and can’t beat the view or Charles weekend barbecue.
    • Lily’s Treasure Chest – Breakfast and lunch with great people watching on the Caribbean sea.
    • Robin’s Kitchen – John, well known for his Jerk Chicken and is catering Thursday night at Stella’s Smile 4:00 – 9:00
  • Ruby’s great take out Johnny cakes. Go early for bacon and egg ones – has tables overlooking the beach at the hotel.
  • Waruguma – Outstanding pupusas and known for their giant burritos. They also make a great lobster burger.
  • For a truly local experience, street food in the park at night is a must. Try Albertina’s shrimp tacos.

A Few Regular Favorites

If you are hankering for good old-fashioned wings try Lola’s pub (their sesame sriracha wings are so yummy) or Crazy Canucks. If you like thick crust pizza go for Pepperoni’s, if you like it thin crust then Pedro’s is the place. Sun Up Chinese food south of town across from Super Buy grocery store makes great chicken fingers and fries – very handy kid-friendly option. They also make a great shrimp burger. El Divino at Banana Beach Resort is known for its big burgers.

Healthy Eating Options

Some of the best restaurants in San Pedro offer healthy options for people with special dietary needs. Casa Picasso is the big winner on gluten-free dining on the island. They have 14 items on their menu including some desserts. Blue Water Grill and Wild Mango’s also have a few gluten-free options on their menus. The 3 places above are favorites of mine.

Caroline’s Kitchen, behind El Fogon, will also work with people who have severe food allergies. For more information on gluten-free in Belize click through to my Restaurant guide for picky eaters and food adventures.

Belize Shrimp

Peel and Eat Shrimp

Restaurants in San Pedro Belize

Weekend BBQ

Belize food

Estel’s breakfast

Belize lobster

Coconut curry lobster burrito at Waruguma

Belize lobster season

Lobster season in Belize from June 15th – Feb 14th

Belize conch

Belize Conch

Belize Conch

Conch Ceviche


  1. tacogirl September 12, 2017

    Either place is okay for a solo female, both easily accessed by Tropic Air. San Pedro is a bit bigger with a little more action and the beach walk is great for pictures. Caye Caulker is very cute and colorful, Lazy Lizard also known as the “the split” is great for pics as well.

    You’d get much better (prettier) experience snorkeling during the day although nighttime snorkel is very cool if you plan to do more than once.

    If you stay in San Pedro – Seaduced by Belize is great for snorkeling option. http://seaducedbybelize.com/half-day-hol-chan-and-shark-ray-alley-snorkeling/

  2. Jane September 8, 2017

    Thanks for this blog. Truly helpful.

    I am undecided between spending my 2 nights in San Pedro or Caye Caulker (the rest being in San Ignacio/Guatemala). Which do you recommend for me, a solo female traveler? I would like to do a snorkeling tour (which is prettier, day or night?) And sightseeing/taking pics in general. I’d like to make the most of the 2 days, do as much as I can. Preferably solo-friendly. I’d really appreciate it if you could provide a some advice!

  3. tacogirl April 20, 2017

    Thanks for the compliment John. I do not have kids and likely never will unless they come ready made in a future relationship 🙂

    I will not be at Canucks Sunday as I will be sailing to Roatan with the two Ecologic Catamarans for a short getaway.

    Kelly if you are reading this thanks for sharing.

  4. John Liebengood April 20, 2017

    ‘tacogirl, appreciate all this information! I think I sat next to your daughter Kelly on the plane into Belize. She shared this site with me and maybe we’ll meet this Sunday at crazy canucks!

  5. tacogirl May 3, 2016

    Excellent Rick, glad you found my blog very informative and you saved money on Tropic Air flights.

  6. tacogirl May 3, 2016

    Thanks for the compliment Jennifer, glad you are finding my blog useful. I am you will both be planning your second trip before your first one is done.

  7. Jeniffer May 3, 2016

    You are amazing!! Me and darling husband are visiting AC this month and I’m soooooo excited!

    Your blog is so informative – thank you!!

    So much to do in 8 days…..I’m already thinking a 2nd trip will be in order ????

    Thanks again!
    Jeniffer from Corpus Christi, TX

  8. Rick Meade April 21, 2016

    My wife, son and I are coming to Belize in May. Our son is graduating from N.C. State University in May, the trip is one of his graduation presents. Your blog is very informative. A big help. We used the Tropic Discount, saved us some money.

  9. tacogirl March 20, 2016

    If you have a cart Jane, Secret beach north west of town in Grand Belizean Estates area is a popular beach spot. In town the beach at Ramon’s is a good spot and south of town Caribbean Villas both have restaurants onsite.

  10. tacogirl March 20, 2016

    Sent you sent email Michaela to find out more on what you are looking for.

  11. Michaela Fisher March 20, 2016

    Coming for easter wkend. Would like to take advantage of discount on catamaran day trip/snorkeling.

  12. Jane March 13, 2016

    If San Pedro is not typically known for its beaches, where is the best place to go to have access to a nice beach?

  13. tacogirl December 28, 2015

    If I come across it I will let you know Randy. I have never had Li Chee’s chicken. Sun up in San Pedro does a good friend chicken.

  14. Randy Sehn December 14, 2015

    Hi. I am desperately trying to find a recipe or procedure for making Belize chinese fried chicken like you can get at Li Chee’s in BC or Pirates on Caye Caulker. In your travels have you come across a recipe for this type of chicken or do you think you could ask someone how they make it.

  15. tacogirl November 4, 2015

    Hi Jordan

    Thanks for the compliment, do my best to be informative

    San Pedro is not typically known for it’s beaches. Many of the resorts have seawalls with loungers for their guests. Some do also allow “non -guests” to use their loungers if you are patronizing their bar or restaurant. Ramon’s Village, Caribbean Villas and Banyan Bay are all places with good stretches of beach to hang out at with food and beverage options available.

    The best thing to do to find a “beach bar” you like is to take a morning stroll along the beach and have a look see. Many aren’t open until 11:00am but you can still get a feel for where there are and what they’re like. The locally owned ones are mostly in town. A huge favorite locally owned one is Wayo’s https://www.facebook.com/wayos.bar

    One of the best local dishes would be Ceviche’ which can be found in several restaurants – but the 2 locally owned ones in town would be Hurricane’s (page is not up to date but it is the correct place)https://www.facebook.com/hurricanescevichebarandgrill and Pou’s

    The restaurant with links in the article are “expat” owned Blue Water Grill, Casa Picasso and Wild Mango’s are good places with the gluten free options. All of the restaurants listed at the end of the page are locally owned but unfortunately may not have the gluten free option.

    For something totally unusual you might want to try the lion fish dishes a Pirate’s Treasure.

  16. Jordan November 3, 2015


    First off, thanks for this blog it has been very informative thus far 🙂

    My gf and I are coming to San Pedro for a week over Thanksgiving. We were really wanting to get “local” experience and stay away from touristy stuff. We enjoy all kinds of food and are especially interested in fresh fish and local flare. She is gluten free ad I have directed her to your GF suggestions.

    Can you recommend any mellow beaches, bars and restaurants that aren’t super trendy and are affordable?

    Thanks so much!




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