Ambergris Caye, Belize: The Storm Has Passed and We Are Open For Business

Hurricane Earl passed over the island Wednesday/Thursday of last week as a Category One leaving a mess on our beaches – and a community fired up to get things back to normal.  Much of the damage was to the coast line, the surge washed sand, sea grass, plants and whatever was in its way back but…

Here’s a photo from yesterday.  Sunday morning, August 7th.

Central Park, Downtown San Pedro


Here are the facts:

  • the sun is shining
  • the water is clear
  • the island has water & electricity
  • all flights and water taxis are running
  • the community spirit is high
  • tours are going out and
  • the fishing is amazing (a post storm phenomena)…

If you have a trip planned (whether this week or in a month) or you are thinking of capitalizing on the low price summer fares to Belize, here are some things to consider…

  1.  We are open for business and the best way to support our beloved island is to visit – eat, go on tours, drink and have a great time.
  2. Talk to your hotel.  There are a few that are closed for clean-up.  But most are open and ready.  (Not to trick you into coming to a help them clean or to sleep in a room full of sand, I mean READY)
  3. If you have never been here, here is the list of 11 Things You MUST Do on Your First Visit to Ambergris Caye.  Today, three full days after Earl,  you can do 10/11 – Palapa Bar, the famous dock over the water, was very sadly washed away (though I know they will rebuild).  Almost all of the restaurants, bars, tours are up and ready to go.

The sharks are waiting for you.


4.  If this is an island that you have visited before, HURRAY!  You love it.  And I know you want to support your friends (I’ve gotten SO many emails!) as life as we know it gets back to normal.

Trust me.  You will love it just as much…if not more.

Yesterday I had breakfast at Estel’s Dine by the Sea (#2 on my list on things to do on Ambergris Caye) and they are fully up and running.

You can see that they are moving buckets of sand to the front but otherwise…things are pretty much back to normal.  The fry jacks and burgers are just as delicious.

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And it was Sunday as usual…almost.  Many kids out in the water and many adults cleaning up the beach and re-building.

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The San Pedro Belize Express water taxi is now docking at the Municipal Pier – while their pier is repaired.


You can see where the surge went.  Estel’s fence now sits a few feet above the sand.


Later in the day, I walked down to Victoria House – the BEAUTIFUL resort just south of me – and they were bustling.  With people staying at the resort (they hosted a wedding just two nights ago) and those raking sand and cleaning the pool.

They are totally open for business and things look beautiful.

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Yes, one dock is wonky.

But one dock does not a vacation make.  Come down, visit…the storm HAS passed and we are open and MORE THAN READY for business.

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18 thoughts on “Ambergris Caye, Belize: The Storm Has Passed and We Are Open For Business

  1. SPmQQse

    too bad all those docks….will be re-built… rather than all moving to the west side.
    [but it must be]

    1. sanpedroscoop

      I…wouldn’t know what call to make. I LOVE the docks and…where would we move them? On the lagoon? I don’t know how much room their is for docks there…or the far west side? There are no roads out there. San Pedro wouldn’t be San Pedro without the “dock life”.

      1. SPmQQse

        when i first came to san pedro… there were only about 25 docks, total, on the island, north to south…east side….,
        thinking back….all the way up to the cut….it looked way better.and would look better for tourism, with a clean shoreline.
        much of the back lagoon has already been damaged by dredging… and there will be further dredging to come…..and possibly blasting, to gain more depth….
        ecology-wise….it’s pretty much finished….
        so…..might as well put a mega-marina back there….where SPTC/B can scam another money-grab…for moorage.

      2. SPmQQse

        to me…. after the irresponsible and unbridled growth….
        to what used to isla bonita…..
        san pedro….isn’t san pedro these days….anyway….!

        1. Jim

          Moose you are really getting sickening to read. Why didn’t you buy up the whole Island so you could keep it to yourself and the way “it used to be.” What right do you have to take away other people’s legal right to use their property. If you don’t like the laws lobby to change them or run for office.
          Don’t you think the people in San Pedro have a right to decide their course and their future opportunities? Maybe I’ll buy the land up around the Truck Stop and commercialize it just to drive you over the edge. :>)

          1. Jim

            Maybe a water park would be better. It is my understanding that there maybe a slide available south of town. We could have hundreds of kids in the day time and a more adult theme at night with adult beverages available at night, of course.
            Hey I might be on to something, what do you think?

    2. blancojoe

      Thank goodness!! I have been away for a couple of weeks working the charity hospitals and orphanages and pet rescues and singing for the poor and underprivileged. Moose Breath, I could not help but worry about you in that dreadful storm, Earl. Knowing how you feel about anything higher than cave dwellings and rock art, I just knew you were holding on for dear life to a palm tree or yucca plant in the rain forest. The wind whipping your face and your body..the rain stinging you and stinging you and stinging you and stinging you….and then whipped some more. Oh well, you made it out and have decided to entertain us with your pomposity and neanderthal railings. Soooo good to have you back on the posts….. really.

        1. blancojoe

          Oh, Moose Breath….now you have cut me right down to the quick. Well, at least we all got to see how profound you are. No one can beat you at verbal gymnastics…right, M.B.? Now…skip on off into the rain forest with your Junior Woodchuck manual and find a nice tree to sleep under. And don’t squash any weeds when you lay down! You must keep it absolutely pristine just like you found it, and just like you want it. Sweet dreams, M.B. And learn to play nice with others.

          1. SPmQQse

            you and jim there, below, should put both of your brain-cells together… and try your best to come up with something worthwhile to type.

  2. Scott Kick

    Your post: Sunday Afternoon In San Pedro: had all my favorite people in it! How is everyone after the storm?

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