For many years, the west side of Ambergris Caye was only accessible by boat. Mostly known for the small but very exclusive resort Cayo Espanto (opened in 1998) and for fly fishing, few people went over just for the scattering of beaches and the crystal clear waters.
Many of the larger cayes have sandbars to the south…silky white sand that is becoming more and more popular as well. A place to pull up a boat and spend the day…
and even for engagement and wedding photos. Here are some very pretty wedding photos done by a local photographer.
And then…about 6 years ago? (someone correct me if they know the real year) a development was started towards the west side, Grand Belizean estates. About 5 miles north of San Pedro town and 4 miles west…a road was piled up through the lagoons and carts could make their way west.
Clear calm water as far as you could wade…
Pulling up to pick up some friends at the Grand Belizean Estate’s dock and the “Secret Beach”…
And it’s Aurora and her daughter-in-law, my former co-worker Shiovellie. Aurora owns a small restaurant up at Mata Grande Grocery – which is about 5 miles north but on the sea side of the island.
The beer license is pending.
We headed back out…a bit farther north to a property my friend is working on.
Later that afternoon, we headed back down for a drop off at GBE or “the secret beach”…
I would guess there were 40 golf carts…10 cars/taxi and a whole lotta people – especially families- enjoying the calm clear water. Oh…and one boat.
The food truck had run out of everything except rice and beans. A great day.
I continued back to town.
And headed home. The water taxi from Chetumal had just come in, my nose was properly sunburnt and the sun was setting.
Maybe the west side of the caye is the next real estate boom? Okay…so you would need a boat for sure…and an adventurous streak…but with Leo and his crew as your neighbors? Maybe you could make it work 🙂