It has been a windy, gorgeous week on Ambergris Caye. With no rain at all, the roads have dried out nicely and after a cart ride, you generally return home with a good coating of dust. Spring in San Pedro.
Yesterday I left home with a long list of errands and my camera. Here are some things that I saw…
I drove past the football field at the back side of town. The area is usually called “The Old Football field” or “Saca Chispas” and just a few years ago, it had a huge overhaul. The upgrade was meant to turn the lagoon side of town into a bustling, well used hub – a proper sports facility, the station for all of the water taxis and a sunset promenade. I’m not sure any of those came to fruition.
The original plan (and you can read more about the project in my 2014 post)
A few days ago, a handful of pastel colored kiosks were delivered. And yesterday I chatted with some of the guys that were helping set them up along the north-west wall (the arrow above) of the football field.
Apparently, some of the craft vendors will be moving in soon.
They do look super cute. Let’s hope this works.
I headed just a few minutes away – to the north of town to the Boca Del Rio area – along the beach. I can walk along this stretch ever single day and take pictures like a first timer in Belize.
The most beautiful views I know but an area that is not at all a “tourist strip”. Along with small hotels, there are fishermen, boat repair docks, quite a few homes and our town’s high school.
I just love that the public high school occupies one of the best beaches in town. Here are some pictures.
And while I was going to just pretend…gloss over it…I will just come out with it. Over the past few days, SARGASSO has been arriving on our beaches.
This is a normal, cyclical occurrence throughout the Caribbean. But sargasso strikes fear in the hearts of many. Over my past 10 years here, it can come and go. A few times a year…for a few days…or bunches for a few weeks but 2015 was a HORRIBLE spring for the stuff. We had, what seemed, a relentless wave of sargasso arriving and piling up on the beaches.
Right now, it is just starting to come in…and the beach cleaners are on top of it. Not a problem yet. But you’ll see it in my pictures.
Totally fine in some areas.
And piling up in others.
On my way back north I stopped at one of my favorite spots for a late afternoon snack. Annie’s Pastries.
Located on the main road just north of town, Annie’s is the only bakery I know that opens at 3pm.
I think that has a great deal to do with some of Annie’s most faithful and numerous customers – the high school kids across the street.
Wouldn’t your high school life had been better if the bell rang and you came across the street for a hot johnny cake, coconut tart or a stuffed jalapeno?
I also LOVE the new tip pig. Does he look familiar?
Never feed him after midnight and DON’T GET HIM WET!
We left with a bag of johnny cakes (the freeze GREAT and are 2 for $1bzd) and a big slice of “Better than Sex Cake”. A piece of heaven on a plate.
ONE MORE THING BEFORE YOU GO! Valentine’s Day Turkey Dinner Lunch. For $15bzd, Annie’s is doing a lunch plate for the holiday. Order ahead. Pick it up at noon. And for the ridiculously low price of $15bzd…
Here is a look at my Annie’s TDL from Thanksgiving. Just the right amount of deliciousness.