The Barbershops of San Pedro, Belize

For a town of about 13,000 permanent residents, we have an amazing amount of barbershops.   Vacationing visitors do not get their hairs cut – but guys on the island like to keep their ‘dos high and tight and their shaves close and clean.  One barber told me some guys like to get a touch up every 4-5 days!

So I thought I’d take a walk to town and see how many shops I could photograph.

I found that, by number, golf cart rental shops may be outnumbering them.  But it was a beautiful day and I was focused on the barbers of San Pedro.



And it was easy to start with the one right across the street from me.


Technically not a barbershop but they have one of the grooviest radio theme songs you will ever hear.


I got a secret tip about this one.  Tucked down a small side street by AJ’s Bar.  Apparently this is one popular with the “old guys” – this barber is good with scissors.


And then I hit town…$5bzd for kids, $10bzd for adults.


And a pretty Christmas tree on the lagoon side.


Back in that area, I found this pretty boat.


And Vanessa’s BarberShop.IMG_7645


And then to Back Street.


And Island Barbershop…the biggest one I saw.


On Middle Street…I’ve seen many men getting their hair cut here…plus, salon/used book store?  Genius.  Aquarius Salon.


And the Ballers Barbershop.  Close to my heart for giving 50 kids pre-school haircuts on Saturday morning.



And then on Front Street, a blow dry bar!  New and exciting in San Pedro.  I am just waiting for the humidity to dip below 80% to try it out. I hear great things from the ladies!


A quick lunch at Estel’s…this is lots of walking around!  And the day was absolutely gorgeous.


Okay…back to the clippers and the Barbisol cannisters.  I hit the Boca Del Rio area just north of town.


And on a second floor, Jayden’s Barbershop.


I had to climb the stairs for the paintings.


This shop has closed.  But I always like this post.  Funny to me.


And then a few streets toward the lagoon, I found Coleman’s – motto:  Be a star, not a bully.  Good stuff.

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I bet I missed a BUNCH.  I didn’t walk through all the neighborhoods of San Pedro.  If you have a tip for me…please let me know.   Love some of the artwork on these places.

Oh…and barbershop poles?  In case you were wondering, have been around since the Middle Ages.  According to Wikipedia:  “The origin of the red and white barber pole is associated with the service of bloodletting and was historically a representation of bloody bandages wrapped around a pole.”


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