Clear Water and High Temperatures on Ambergris Caye

I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record but WOOF! It’s been a hot last couple weeks in Belize. Sure May and June – the beginning of summer – tend to be warm but man…El Nino or Mother Nature or Chac, the Maya god of rain/weather…is cranking up the heat.

See: A Guide to “Rainy” Season In Belize

You’ll see on the forecast (Windfinder remains the most reliable in my book) with delightful temperatures…84…86…maybe 87…but this, from, describes the real feel – here at the 17th parallel – perfectly.

Yesterday…late afternoon. The temperature about 88F. That’s doable! But wait…real feel is 105F…ooof…that’s hot.

But wait. There’s more! If you are standing in the sun, it might feel like 120F.

Now that sounds right 🙂

But here’s the good news. We are on the water (which is always available for jumping in) and there is a nice breeze.

The water is looking fantastic again. Last week, we saw an influx of sargassum…and it was turning the sea almost tea-colored. But now things I look fab again and…I headed out to take some pictures. I walked along the stretch of the island on the north side of town generally called Boca Del Rio.

View of beach and ocean at Blue Tang

The entrance to the Blue Tang Inn looks so lush…

Entrance to the Blue Tang

This sign reminded me that I really want to go out on their beautiful Sirena Azul sail boat.

Sign for Sirena Azul sailboat on beach
Phoenix Resort

And above, the beautiful Phoenix Resort – for a closer look, check out my 2-night stay there. Heaven.

Next stop The Palapa Bar. The perfect swimming spot to spend a few hours on a hot day.

Sign for Palapa Bar
Dive sign with various sites
Dive tanks on dock
Palapa Bar over the water
Palapa Bar inner tubes
Seas to enjoy the sea

I headed up the beach…passing the Sandbar Restaurant and Hostel – a very popular spot.

Sandbar Hostel

And then this new construction…

New construction in Boca Del Rio
Chuck and Robbie's DIve SHop

Chuck and Robbie’s Dive Shop was quite busy – what a beautiful day to be IN the water.

And then Loser’s Bar – closed. This is a huge dock that someone spent a TON of money on but…country music and Belize…it’s just a hard mix. Sure there are lots of country music fans in the world…but are there enough on Ambergris Caye year-round to support this kind of business?

My lunch at Losers when it first opened.

Closed Losers Bar
Losers closed

And then I stopped in at Hurricane’s Ceviche Bar…they have an amazing inside and outside deck for eating and swimming and just relaxing. The spot looks fantastic.

Save me a hammock!

Hammocks at Hurricanes
Beautiful chairs at Hurricanes
Seats under deck

And then I headed home. Stopping to take a photo of each and every pretty flower I saw…

These frangipanis are insane! I did not adjust the color one bit.

magenta frangiapani

With a more yellow tint.

A beautiful flamboyant tree.

Flamboyant on the side street

And I can’t help but stop and take a picture of this glorious entryway on MacLean Lane in the Tres Cocos neighborhood.

Gorgeous Hakuna Matata Fence

I’m off to drive WAY up north – as always, if you want to follow along, follow me on Instagram.

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  1. HARPO ZANEIS on June 9th, 2023 at 12:10 pm

    Good trip———thanks

    • David Martin on June 9th, 2023 at 2:11 pm

      I’m sorry not sorry Loser’s hung up their spurs. I’ve been sending out bad vibes since they opened – i.e.,
      “Git fahn ailan, yu noh kohn bak!”

      I’m against the fact they’re a US based food & bar chain (and mediocre tourist trap to boot) but also how they two-stepped their way into San Pedro and arrogantly built that huge over water bar that looks bigger than the sliver of land they bought!

      “Gud bai, Loser’s”

  2. Maida on June 9th, 2023 at 2:25 pm

    So appreciate your taking me along on your magnificent Island.
    Hope to be there in December 2023

  3. Terry & Robert on June 9th, 2023 at 8:16 pm

    I’m so pleased to see that Scuba School and Family Dive Center is advertising on your site! We’ll be diving with them next week, if you want to come down and make bubbles with us!

  4. Jo-Jo on June 10th, 2023 at 6:43 am

    LOVE your flower and plant pics. They are stunning. Thank You!

    • Jose B on June 10th, 2023 at 4:03 pm

      Love the place but the new construction is starting to choke the good vibe. You can’,t walk around any more without being molested by one of thousand’s of golf carts . Really sad not to be able to move around and enjoy all the small shops. Really miss the experience of wandering around discovering. All small shops are losing business. So much for progress. Hope someone in power wakes up before it”,s too late .Wish them luck very friendly people. Amazing place.

  5. Rickie on June 10th, 2023 at 8:54 am

    Is Ramons Place rebuilt after the Fire ?

    • Verlin on June 10th, 2023 at 5:22 pm

      Yes Stayed there in May A wonderful place

    • Rebecca on June 11th, 2023 at 12:26 pm

      They rebuilt within months. Fastest construction project I’ve ever seen on this island!

  6. Robert on June 11th, 2023 at 10:57 am

    I alway wonder at those people who are against progress , anti business anti growth . There is only one reality in business…… growth or death . Stagnation means eventual death . San Pedro is growing ( thank God ) we can’t keep it a secret nor should we ….. it’s beautiful it’s realitivly safe and a wonderful place to vacation or live

    • San Pedro Scoop on June 12th, 2023 at 10:17 am

      I don’t think we should stop growing but I think we need to grow in a sustainable way – right now our infrastructure is at or over capacity – electricity, water and roads. There are different ways to grow…planning would be a great addition!

  7. Murph & Ellie on June 11th, 2023 at 10:15 pm

    We just returned from a fabulous trip to San Pedro. We’re familiar with most of what you mentioned in your article. However, we were surprised that you didn’t mention venturing out to the Secret Beach. It was so unique and fun. One of our favorite outings for a day!

    • San Pedro Scoop on June 12th, 2023 at 10:15 am

      I just stopped by this little section – not for too long. I have a Guide to Secret Beach on my site – and more than a few posts about it. It’s a big drive out there so I don’t get out there too often but I do write about it. You can search “Secret Beach” for more.

  8. John Hanckel on June 12th, 2023 at 7:55 am

    So is Loser’s location for sale?

    • San Pedro Scoop on June 12th, 2023 at 10:14 am

      I’m not sure – I believe they are affiliated with Grand Caribe Resort – if you are interested you might want to reach out to their sales/realty guys?

      • John Hanckel on June 12th, 2023 at 12:27 pm


  9. Sue Couture on June 17th, 2023 at 1:17 pm

    What a joy to see The Blue Tang Inn! I fell in love staying for my daughters wedding celebration and my husband and I returned and will be back again for the month of January. The staff are like family and yes, it is always welcoming and so well maintained. I worked remotely and also vacationed – ideal spot! Our other wedding guests stayed at the Phoenix too. This is my neighborhood! 🙂 The Palapa Bar is such fun and their guitar open mic’s on Friday afternoons were a treat. The Sandbar actually has really good food.

    Rebecca, you have been a regular in my life since first reading your book before I came to San Pedro. I devour your updates and love your pictures too. Thank you!
    P.S. You and Jeff definitely need to do a sunset cruise aboard The Sirena! Give Captain David a hug from me.

    • San Pedro Scoop on June 17th, 2023 at 7:17 pm

      Thank you SO much for your note. Blue Tang is so great – and that roof top deck! It’s in a great part of town. In but not in. Jeff and I DO need to go sailing! Thanks for reading – and I will def deliver the hug!