Beautiful, Still Ocean As Now Idalia Passes away from Ambergris Caye

Idalia passed to our north – offshore of Belize over the weekend – not yet a Tropical Storm. We had some heavy rain at night and a few pass-over showers but overall, it was a GORGEOUS weekend. With the very light wind blowing from the west…and leaving the ocean as calm as a mill pond.

Hurricane's Bar in Boca Del Rio
Hurricane’s Ceviche Bar over the water

The reef – which is usually visible right off shore – was calm. You couldn’t see even a ripple over it. The water was clear and gorgeous.

Idalia is now a Tropical Storm. And after a very strange loop she made by Cozumel, Idalia is on the way to Florida. Expected to be a Cat 3 Hurricane. Be safe everyone!

I took a bunch of pictures in San Pedro town on Saturday and then more waaaay up north – about 19 miles north Ambergris Caye – on Sunday. Let me show you how pretty it was!

See my guide to Ambergris Caye if it is your first time here.

First, in the Boca Del Rio area – the north end of San Pedro town.

Ugly Duck Bar
Wind from the west swept the beaches clean
The beach at Sandy Toes
The beach at Sandy Toe’s Beach Bar
The road by Nauti Crab Beach Bar
The road and NautiCrab Beach Bar
View from dock at NautiCrab

Looking back along the Boca Del Rio beach road…

Boca Del Rio Road
Road by Hurricanes
Ibis on a dock

And then a pretty ibis twirling in the sun. I even (accidentally) caught a butterfly in the picture below.

Ibis posing on a dock

A gorgeous afternoon.

And then Sunday. We were expecting grey skies and maybe a bit of rain in the afternoon. But at about 8am, the sun was breaking through, and again, the sea was flat like a pancake. We headed north…

A post from December 2022 with more of the details of the drive. We have an exciting project starting and…I’ll tell you about it soon. But for now…pictures.

Sign toward Rocky Point

A house way up north…I don’t think I’ve ever seen it open.

Older wooden house up north Ambergris Caye

This scruffy girl and her family…they love to bark at us from the seated position. Not so menacing.

Scruffy dog on the beach

It’s not a straightforward drive…

Jungle raod north Ambergris Caye
Beach up at Rocky Point

I had to get in the water!

Flat flat sea
Reef? What reef?
Pretty pretty beach
Swimming at Rocky Point

The land was teaming with hermit crabs. I don’t know if it is breeding time…or if the heavy night rains brought them out. But they were everywhere!

This guy sitting on the chechem tree – the black-sap poisonwood. A very interesting and very dangerous tree. One you DO NOT want to hug. Read: The Incredible Coincidence of a Poisonous Tree Growing Next to Its Antidote

Hermit crab in Chechem tree

It was time to head back home…the sky was darkening…

Flyfisherman on flat sea

It rained a bit later that afternoon. If you are considering Belize in the “slow season” – aka the time when San Pedro feels like a village again…check out these posts:

September in Belize: The Weather and The Celebrations

11 Reasons You Should Be in Belize in October (A Solar Eclipse is one of them!)

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  1. Margie on August 28th, 2023 at 10:20 am

    Gorgeous shots!! It was a stunning day!!

  2. Shelley Enger on August 28th, 2023 at 10:36 am

    Love your stories, photos and San Pedro….

  3. Trisha Roderick Clark on August 28th, 2023 at 11:30 am

    Beautiful,,serene..a lot different than when we were there last month….hope it continues into September when we return…..clean, clear water & beaches…hope the mosquitos are gone…love reading your blog every day..

    • San Pedro Scoop on August 28th, 2023 at 2:49 pm

      I can guarantee that the mosquitos will be here. This rainier time is the time they thrive! I love love love the Sawyer picaridan lotion before you go out…or bring the spray. It doesn’t stink…and isn’t greasy…light and it REALLY works.

  4. Gordon Fitzwater on August 28th, 2023 at 11:35 am

    Great articles, very informative and the pictures just draw you in and make you want to be there now! I will just have to wait till November.


    • San Pedro Scoop on August 28th, 2023 at 2:48 pm

      Thanks so much. November’s not so far away!

  5. David Martin on August 28th, 2023 at 12:19 pm

    The pond is smooth as glass. Time to grab my ski! Is that still a thing?

    Satellite tracking shows that Idalia is totally sucking up the tradewinds…

    • San Pedro Scoop on August 28th, 2023 at 2:40 pm

      Like water skies? I’ve seen the board once or twice here…not sure why it’s not “a thing”.

      • David Martin on August 28th, 2023 at 5:34 pm

        Yeah, water skiing. Seems like the lagoon and reefside are typically smooth enough for skiing.

  6. HARPO ZANEIS on August 28th, 2023 at 12:21 pm


  7. SPmQQseBZ on August 28th, 2023 at 1:48 pm


    • San Pedro Scoop on August 28th, 2023 at 2:40 pm

      That’s a cheery thought!

    • Teresa on August 28th, 2023 at 4:58 pm

      butterflies live only a few weeks, and more likely to be eaten to death by the bird in the photo rather than “fogged to death” .

  8. Mark Share on August 28th, 2023 at 5:20 pm

    As always, your photos are great. I especially like the ones where you caption under the photo. Please consider doing that with more of the photos. When you caption above the photo, it gets really confusing! Thanks

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