Beautiful Things on A Beautiful Day: A Walk, Shopping & Lunch in San Pedro

We are inching towards the “hurricane season” in the Tropics – the official start date is June 1st.  To get us ready for a bit more rain, we had a pretty full day of it just last weekend when a VERY late season cold front passed through (temperatures dipped into the 70s at night!)

But since Saturday, the temperatures have risen and the sky has been a gorgeous deep blue.  Yesterday was a perfect example of hot late spring weather.


The water is beautiful clear and perfect for snorkelling.



I took a late morning walk to town.  Central Park looking lovely.


A gorgeous ripe mango bouquet.  Present your boyfriend or girlfriend with one of these?  Tres romantic.

IMG_5907I was headed to Lily’s Treasure Chest for lunch to meet a friend.  Right down past the conch shell wall at the Conch Shell Hotel.  If you’ve ever stepped on a conch shell barefoot, this is not a wall you’d attempt to climb over.

IMG_5910The hotel entrance.

IMG_5909Lily’s…the hotel/apartment rental entrance.

IMG_5908And on the beach.  Amigo’s dive shop HUGE flags flapping in the wind.


And Lily’s Treasure Chest Restaurant was packed.  Well except the tables in the hot sun.  You can’t give those away as the days get hotter.


The view from the outside tables.  Awesome.


No tables in the shade, I sat inside.  The view isn’t bad from here either…



I adore Lily’s for the best fried chicken in town and one of my favorite conch ceviches in Belize.  I got lucky…my friend didn’t mind sharing.  No need to make the hard decision.  We split both.



After the huge lunch, I headed over to do a bit of shopping.  Since today I am headed down south in Belize to the Belize Chocolate Festival in Punta Gorda and there is a fancy wine & chocolate event.

I was actually thinking of buying a dress…ugh.  I stopped into beautiful RubiMoon on Front Street to…well…moon over the pretty pretty items they have there.

First my obsessiveness turned to these stackable boxes.  They come in a set of three and are just beautiful.  Hand beaded.


I took about 18 pictures of boxes.  Weird.


Make love to the camera boxes!

IMG_5942Next thing that I want to buy but don’t need…

These very pretty silk scarves.  I wish I was a girl that could throw one of these on with an old tank top and look effortless chic.  But don’t cry for me.

IMG_5940Or the back on this simple dress?  Beautiful.


These pretty resin beaded keychains…feel great in your hand.


And I love these thick recycled glass beads.  They look like sea glass.  Beautiful.IMG_5930So there it is.  A little bit of this and a little bit of that.

Today I am travelling south.  From San Pedro to Placencia.  About 100 miles flight distance.  But by my route, the “it’s not about the destination” way of travel, the very cheapest way other than hitchhiking, I will leave my house at 7am for the water taxi to Belize City and arrive in Placencia (via the Hokey Pokey water taxi) at 2.45pm.

On my way to my first Chocolate Festival in Punta Gorda.  Exciting.  Not fast but exciting.