MEN AT WORK: My Favorite Breakfast Spot, Estel’s, Opening Delayed Slightly…

Estel’s Dine by the Sea originally announced TODAY as the opening date…it was apparent when I rolled up yesterday for a sneak preview that would not be the case.

If you don’t know Estel’s from visiting the island or the 100 photos of my breakfast that I have posted all over social media or the gushing that has been done by many…here are some quick picks.

breakfast charlesAn old school, feet in the sand diner-by-the-sea (down to the 50s and 60s music that is always playing).  Filled with memoraibilia and knick knacks, old signs and paintings, it serves everything from the best fry jacks in Belize to delicious BBQ on weekends.

It is also an unofficial San Pedro House of Culture.  A landmark.


It oozes personality and island kitsch…which isn’t even needed with this view.  But is very much appreciated.

estels view oldie

But for more gushing, you can see my many posts below.  Here is what I saw yesterday, one day before the proposed opening date.  CHANGES!


The “family table” is now a bar area.  And there is a floor!  With all the sand swept out…Guatemalan marble!  Who would have guessed?


Mark on carpentry…IMG_5582 IMG_5583 IMG_5584 IMG_5585

The view is still stunning…

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The bar will open on the outside…IMG_5589 IMG_5590 IMG_5593 IMG_5594 IMG_5595

They have treasures untold, how many wonders can one building hold?  Signs from just about everywhere.  I hope they all find their places back inside.


Yes…even Charo.


Sam sanding down the cash register area…

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That was the state of things yesterday, Tuesday, October 6th.  Open date is Friday.  6am.  And may I make one tiny request?

conch chowder

Please!  Conch chowder on the special’s board?  I’ll be in for lunch.


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