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 canâ€™t beat the view or Charles weekend barbecue.
Lily’s Treasure Chest â€“ 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 Grilland Wild Mango’s also have a few gluten-free options on their menus. The 3 places above are favorites of mine.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 https://www.facebook.com/Pous-Ceviche-Bar-412161015632728/?fref=ts
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.
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?
I took the plunge and moved to San Pedro Town on the Island of Ambergris Caye, off the coast of Belize, Central America. Originally from Canada, I made the life-changing move to escape winter for good (in 2006) after one three week vacation.
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Sparking my desire
3 childhood memories that shaped my desire to move to Belize from a young age.
Sailing in the Virgin Islands, seeing a rainbow out the window of an island hopper as we flew from Virgin Islands to Puerto Rico, Christmas in Hawaii and many trips to Florida.