Yesterday morning, I jumped aboard (I had an excellent night’s sleep) the San Pedro Belize Express water taxi for the ride to Belize City. An easy hour and a half later, we pulled in and the conch & lobster boats were looking as beautiful as ever.
No time for dilly dallying with boats. It was about 11:20am and there was a canoe race ending at the Riverside Tavern. This Guinness sponsored Boom to The City Canoe challenge is one of the pre-races for the BIG La Ruta Maya Race that takes place in a few weeks over the Baron Bliss Holiday weekend.
Yesterday I made it to the Tavern just in time…
Some are surprised to find that Guinness is so popular here in Belize…bottled and loved. Especially by local guys. Two minutes later the first canoes came in. 40 miles and they were paddling like crazy. Neck and neck.
Riverside packed up. At the last table, I also order the Blue Cheese burger.
REALLY good. Ordered medium rare, received medium rare. Lots of tangy blue cheese. Tasty homemade bun to soak up all the medium rare juices. Flavorful meat. Yum.
And I love a burger that you can order by size. Trust me…the smallest one is perfect after you’ve climbed the tower of onion rings.
No time to stay for the award ceremony, there is an art festival to attend.
Albert Street, one of the two main streets, was closed for the festival. The very pretty colonial court house.
And this statue.
There was a competition setting up for beautiful sidewalk chalk art.
Lots of food.
I took a walk around the bend, along the water. Belize City is very secretly beautiful. The Baron Bliss memorial lighthouse across the river’s mouth.
And the Bliss center.
Not time to leave yet. Over to Hour Bar for a quick drink. This bar, owned by Kevin Bowen, is relatively new and a lovely location. If you are looking for the breeze in Belize City, it is here.
I also need to go back to try the burger. They were looking delicious too…
And they were doing some SERIOUS BBQing, grilling, smoking…
How could I not take a picture of this 25lb crackling piggy? Or is it a possum. Nope…definitely pork.
On my way out the door, they were carving him up and selling him by the pound. It’s Pig By The Pound Saturday after all. I asked about the head and was offered it whole for only $20bzd! I declined and am kicking myself now.
Sorry to those who are squeamish but how priceless would it have been…to crack open a styrofoam container on the water taxi, mid-ride, and start picking at this?
Ugly? But I’m sure delicious and more importantly, TOTALLY bloggable.
Poor piggie! Some interesting sights there in the City — thanks for sharing (other than the pig pictures).
For some reason, I’m running into lots of pigs recently.
all four-legged species?
please tell me you didnt stay at the ”seaside guesthouse”….[from that photo].
I didn’t. Considered it. Have you stayed there?
yes i did.
a whole lot of yrs ago…
2 in thick dirty foam bedding..
2wood slat beds…
one pillow/no case …..my 5 yr old son got it….wrapped,.inside my t-shirt.
i’ve rough’d it b4 but geszzzzzz krice….
it was like the worst hostel…from the hippy-60’s…ever…!!!
and the room was wierd ,
`bout 5 1/2 ft wide and 20-ish long…!
the fan sounded as if a monkey , that was holding a wrench..had been thrown into a transmission…..
couldnt sleep with that noise….[a sweaty night]
oh–and no shower.
i seriously cant believe that termite infested building is still standing…lol
but seeing that photo and the view to the light house tower..from up that alley….sure did bring back a few memories…must have been 1991 or 92…..i think a guy named ”phyl”..had something to do with the place… back then…
we stayed at the bakadeer inn…on cleghorn st. …the next night…”kent.”..took good care of us there…!!
[ if i recall, correctly]