Tres Cocos, Ambergris Caye: Beautiful Residential Neighborhood…or Is It?

Tres Cocos is lovely neighborhood just north of the bridge.  And I am in no way questioning that it is beautiful.  It is.

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I am not sure where it technically starts…but here’s my estimation.  You drive over the Barry Bowen Bridge — over the cut that divides “the south” (and town) from “the north”.

View as you look to the sea.

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You pass the movie theatre and the whole Reef Village compound (now Barrief Reef Village) and then…you are in Tres Cocos sub-division or neighborhood.

In front of Reef Village…

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It’s an area that is changing quickly with the addition of THE ROAD.  The road that used to be a bumpy, dirt and/or MUD adventure, is now is paved from the bridge to about Mile 4 and being readied up to Mile 10 (see current progress.)

I have received a few messages from readers who are…unhappy…with the changes and the addition of new businesses to this area.  And claim that it is the “end of the residential neighborhood”.

I’ve got an opinion on that but first?  Some pictures.

Here is a walk that I took yesterday in Tres Cocos.   First along the beach.  I cut towards it at The Cloisters.tc3 (2)

Gorgeous day.  And it’s a beautiful strip to walk…big houses on the beach.

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And lovely properties on the water.

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And a new small hotel called Twisted Palm Villas.

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The view from a nearby dock.

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I made a turn up just past the old Palapa Bar location…

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And back down the “old road”.  This WAS main road north…but the paved road has moved behind this row of lots and left this neighborhood with its old quaint feel and sandy bumpy road.

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Pretty little flower bells…

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House of the Cowboys.  Oregon State University?   But their team is called the Beavers.  Casa De Los Casteros.TC1 (3)TC1 (2)TC1 (1)

And the junction as you head north…the old road to the right, the new road to the left.

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There are new developments going up on the new road.  Like this one…

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And then this one…from the back…on the old road…

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…to the front of the new.  Have I confused you enough?

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Just north of here are the two new restaurants, The Truck Stop (which was PACKED last night) and Stella’s Smile – for wine and food.  Both, I think, are huge assets to the area…

But let’s just head south, instead, on the road back towards town.

And a home that always makes me hungry for a greasy slider.

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Passing “The Hotel” – now closed since 2012.  I visited in March of that year and was seriously impressed.  And then they closed before even one hotel room opened – but you can see the pictures in the link.

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The bar had a very brief re-opening in 2014 when a couple leased it.  Now completely closed and falling into disrepair.TC (2)

What IS cool is the front lawn.  Anyone know why the grass grows this way?

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The road has certainly changed the Tres Cocos area, making access easier and increasing traffic exponentially – particularly to those that were situated on the quiet lagoon side.  For those people, this paved road now runs right past your house.  And I can see why the noise would be irritating…or maybe infuriating is the word?

But to say that small restaurants or bars, especially those that close at respectful times like 8pm, make an area non-residential doesn’t make sense to me.

Many neighborhoods have a small corner store or a local bar or a family restaurant – and in most cases it enhances the area.  Tres Cocos, to me, is still a beautiful desirable residential neighborhood…but one that is going to be growing quickly.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…this road is the biggest change that I’ve seen in San Pedro in my 9 years on the island.






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  • Susan

    Chihuahua Crossing…my most favorite sign on the entire Island! Makes me smile every time. It’s a shame that The Hotel is closed…I could just see all those people living just over the bridge behind the movie theater in those dilapidated houses being relocated here…or at least some of them. I hate to see a perfectly good building go to waste when so many need good homes…but over all I think the Tres Cocos area is looking pretty good…except for that horrible giant sign…ughhh! Personally, I love the Truck Stop and plan on making it a regular Wed/Sun hang out once we live there full time! So there is my 2 cents for what it’s worth.

    • susan ….it is just what the owners of the ”hotel” deserve. b/c of their blatant disregard for the health of the environment, and their apparent, bribes to town board.
      as for the new sign in front of reef village/resort…. it isnt in tres cocos.
      ………….
      in 1990…. tres cocos started at the first property past what was to be….the cloisters, at what was ‘big-mike’s’ house.
      and ended at miss peggy’s…which was the hancock coconut plantation lands…most of which was baught out for that ‘grand carib’ resort..
      as for tres cocos looking good…
      i do not agree….on the contrary…. tres cocos has been destroyed… !!!

  • Robin

    I saw the owners of the dive bar on house hunters. They seemed to be genuine people excited about their Belizean adventure. I’ll be sure to stop by when I’m back this summer

    • Was it dive bar or Stella’s Smile? There are actually SO many house hunters going on down here in Belize, it’s getting crazy!

      • Robin

        I just saw a new one last night. They were looking at Las terrazas and banyan bay and ended up buying a home further north. It IS crazy the amount of attention. I’m almost positive it was dive bar. I’m going to check my DVR to make sure. It was a tiny resort with a bar plopped in the middle

      • Robin

        Had to consult my DVR to verify, they were on Caribbean life, a couple from Maryland. They now run the dive bar

  • Carolyn Okland Friesz

    I just spent a few weeks there;no, I don’t live there, but I stayed in the “Tres Coco’s” area at a home right off the road! The traffic was busy, but not noisy and one could not hear anything from the road, even though my bedroom was right there! I road bike up north, as well as walked the beach – it was very nice and quiet, don’t think the businesses would have a negative effect!

  • Debbie Griffith

    the red bell shaped flowers are called firecrackers, they come in red and yellow

    • I love them! And now am on the look-out for yellow 🙂

  • FJL

    Pretty sure the OSU sign is for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Did you get a look at the beautiful wood used in the Dive Bar… really impressive.

    • mysteryboy

      definitely correct. Oklahoma State. But everyone knows there is really only ONE true OSU….. O- H

  • I think a nice neighborhood restaurant/bar is a great addition. I always wished for more restaurants we could easily walk to when we lived north of the bridge. Sure, we could water taxi or bike into town, but sometimes you just want to stay close and keep things simple. Closing at 8 pm is very respectable and nothing I’d complain about!

    I would love to know the full story of “The Hotel” after watching it go up while we lived on AC. Hard to believe it could never open even for a short time. What a waste of resources!

    • 8:00…who cares… they are in my residential neighbourhood…and they shouldn’t be there….[gatta love the bribe/mordito system…!!!]
      the hotel also destroyed over 5 acres of pristine lagoon . simply to gain the black soil for landscaping….
      absolutely shameful.

  • tres cocos….R.I.P.

    • As always, thanks for your feedback and…don’t mince words! 😉

      • first off—- really…a another great article/blog edition…!!!
        2nd- ….in respect to you , Rebecca….
        i commented from one side of me..
        a rather pleasant side…..
        and i tried to keep it at least, civil-ish., and yet informative.
        with the other side , i could express myself…enjoyably, so as to cause great pain.
        [.and .. oh yah.., there is , so much more to say..in a different way….!!]

    • Pat Burke

      Hi,
      I just joined this site after seeing this post ,because my girlfriends deceased husband gave Mark Edwards a deposit of 25,000 for a home in Tres Cocos. Mark committed to sending the money back once the house was built, but now will not return her phone calls. I am looking for information about him and how to get a hold of him, Can you help ??

      • SPmQQse

        HHHMMMMM ?
        I HAVE REPLYED..POSITIVELY….BUT….
        IT GAINED THIS MESSAGE….
        ”Hold on, this is waiting to be approved by San Pedro Scoop.”
        …….
        I’D LOVE TO ASSIST YOU TO BRING THIS GUY TO THE COURTS.

        • Pat Burke

          Any information or a direction to go would be great. I just need somewhere to start.

          • SPmQQse

            when you visit san pedro….ask around for ..the ”moose”….
            I will be happy to supply you with videos of the construction/concrete work…showing unprecedented ,bad concrete construction procedures/techniques.
            it is my personal opinion that ,mark edwards ,is nothing more than a carpetbagger and a crook.

          • Pat Burke

            We will not be coming to San Pedro, it does sound nice though. I am just trying to find out how to get a hold of him or where he is so we can contact him to get money back. Right now we don’t even know where to start. Can I call you ?

          • SPmQQse

            right now….I cannot locate him personally/directly……..
            if you wish to give your email ..I will respond to it.
            …….
            might I suggest…contacting this blog’s owner…
            she has proven skills , of finding where people in san pedro live.
            [might take…oh–maybe…..under 2 weeks…!]

          • Pat Burke

            Okay thank you for all your help Moose !!

          • SPmQQse

            I might think that if he is still operating any business in san pedro…then more than one dept. of the SPTC/B,should have an active contact for him….
            [i’d start with the housing dept.]
            also , the phone co.’s ….
            also, the lands registry office in BMP=belmopan
            or….try the san pedro health officer…
            I know the last one , she had a few dealings with him, b/c of repeated ,serious health related violations….they may still have a useable phone # on file.
            he was also investigated by the ministry of the environment.. and hol-chan officials… they too, may have contact info.
            as might the new owners of those terrible condos.
            [if you have contact info for any of the new owners…inform them I have photos and videos… proving the shoddy/dangerous cement work.]
            …….
            to get things of this nature done, from where ever you are.. might not be as fruitful , as if you were in san pedro/belize .
            I suggest a vacation..to make real contacts… and do first hand investigations.
            [quietly]…enjoy belize… and gain info…
            a win-win.
            if you get the 25g’s back…it’s a trifecta of goodness.
            …….
            25g’s…that’s pittance compared to what some people have lost, b/c of ”foreign pirates” , doin their scams in belize.
            oh– how they can sell the dream….but often….way too often .. i have seen their dream turns out to be a nightmare…!
            some–life threatening.
            …….

          • Pat Burke

            Thank you so much Moose. I have contacted the Blog owner to see if she has any info on him. I will keep you informed.

  • Rebecca…..they plant the grass.. in small approx. 2 in clumps…about 10” apart……as it spreads out.. the original clump… gains height.

  • ah yes the new road…to the back….
    i moved into my house in 1995…on my dead end street/path…..[ i think , the 1rst concrete house in the tres]…
    years went by…no traffic…no noise….no neighbours…..no real road…
    then nice neighbours…who eventually died…..then a few other neighbours., for the most part, some, ok enough….
    then SPTC started letting anything be built… for a price…was the rumour…..[bribes]
    then, the crap built concrete road started…. and….next….
    bob mclean bribed SPTC/B with a free lot.. [worth approx. $70k TO $120k U.S..]
    if they would build the new road, not past his house…but rather, one lot before his house…. to divert it to the end, of our dead end street.
    now…it’s almost 24/7 noise…!!…and with the new, at-night delivery by-laws ..some might suggest…..it could be time for some…”at-night”…civil disobedience, to reign down .
    …………..
    [a dead end street , by the way…. which ,B4 the bribe…was being considered, by the DOT/SPTC-TRAFFIC dept…. to be called….”moose” lane….? ]