After Nov Rains, THE Most Gorgeous Weather on Ambergris Caye, Belize

While the Caribbean hurricane season is officially May to November (7 months!) – the real rains tend to come in October and/or November to Ambergris Caye. Over the last two weeks, we saw four or five days of heavier rain hit Belize – causing rivers on the mainland to overflow, roads to flood with water, and locals starting to lament the weather. Everything, including me, was starting to feel a wee bit moldy.

When you live in a country where I estimate 330+ days a year are mostly warm and sunny…a few rainy days in a row seem dire!

The dock at Tranquility Bay North Ambergris Caye
Tranquility Bay, 14 miles north, Ambergris Caye

The rain ended Wednesday afternoon…and we’ve had the most glorious weather since. I MEAN PERFECTION. Thursday, we drove up far far north – to our new project, Rocky Point Permit Camp – to check on the progress and just enjoy the weather. Here are some of my photos.

At 9 miles north, a new bar in a very cute little palapa. In D Wild. Jeff stopped in for take-out BBQ last week and it was delicious.

In D Wild New Bar
New Bar at 9 miles north, In D Wild
Our little local shop
A local shop at 9 miles north – stop and get some drinks!
Chat and Chill Bar Restaurant, 10 miles north
Chat & Chill Bar and Restaurant, 10 miles north

There are a few spots to stop on the way up – the new bar In D Wild, some tiny shops, at 10 miles north, Chat & Chill. (It’s a very cute little beach bar and restaurant – worth a stop!)

Sign pointing you towards Tranquility Bay
Sign pointing you to Margaritaville and Tranquility Bay

You’ll see El Norte Bar – have a beer, say hi to Iz – (mile 10) and the old El Secreto Resort (mile 11)…

Road north
Sign pointing you to Tranquility Bay at Mile 14
Sign pointing northward!
12 mile marker
Marker for 12 miles north, Ambergris Caye

You’ll be forced to go away from the beach and around Margaritaville Belize – passing an old shrimp farm and then out to the beach side. It was looking incredible this week!

Beach leading up to Tranquility Bay
The dock at Tranquility Bay ahead

Stop in for lunch and drinks and sun and snorkeling.

Beach at TranquilityBeach
Gorgeous gorgeous Tranquilty Bay

We headed north – on the road less traveled…with a bit more twists and turns. To the future home of RPPC. It sandwiches between two points – Robles Point and Rocky Point. In both spots, the barrier reef meets the land. And it’s a bizarre landscape.

Robles Point where the reef meets the land
Robles Point – where the reef meets the land

Much of the “land” here is just dead coral…loads and loads of it. Even the trees grow right out of the coral sediment.

Robles Point
Coral Below me
Coral at Robles Point
The coral reef isn’t just a wall of corals…it’s wide and jagged

And then behind me, the “land”

Wall of coral

You can see above that there was (or was going to be) a structure at Rocky Point. I wonder what this was…

Beach at Robles Point
Time to head back to the camp

I found some treasure – my first piece of real seaglass on Ambergris Caye. (I guess because the water inside the reef is relatively calm, we don’t have the waves and movement necessary to smooth glass chunks?)

Pretty shells…

Pretty shells from Robles Point

This shell is locally called a “wilk” – not whelk but wilk. They are actually the 3rd most popular invertabrea seafood in the Caribbean after the spiny lobter and the queen conch. (I don’t think they are plentiful in Belize – where the shells are used for jewelry and by hermit crabs!)

Wilk shell North Ambergris
Largest one I’ve ever found

I found a few “sailors’ eyes” – a huge single cell algae that is FASCINATING to me.

Sailor eye algae

Ahhhh! One of the mysterious rubber bales that have washed up on beaches all over the world. Some speculate it was a ship from WWII that sunk…

Rubber bale at Robles Point

We headed back to the camp – I continue to search the beach for cool stuff, Jeff looks at the water for fish. We’ve got all the bases covered 🙂

Pretty pretty beach at Robles

If you missed my post about Rocky Point Permit Camp and how it came into being, check out my post here.

For more information on Ambergris Caye, check out my guide. It’s a surprisingly HUGE island!

And I’ll leave you with a pic of Jeff and Belly, our newest camp dog, in the tiny bunk house at the property.

Jeff and Belly

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  1. Barb on November 18th, 2023 at 1:13 pm

    The beaches and water are so clean…no seaweed!

  2. HARPO ZANEIS on November 18th, 2023 at 1:39 pm


    • Laurie on November 18th, 2023 at 6:03 pm

      Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Ben on November 19th, 2023 at 8:43 am

    Couldn’t agree more. This weather has been crazy good and I have seen the water so sargassum free in years.

    • San Pedro Scoop on November 21st, 2023 at 4:52 pm

      Isn’t it fantastic!?

  4. HARRIETTE JEANNE FISHER on November 20th, 2023 at 9:07 pm

    How did you get tools and building material to the site?

    • San Pedro Scoop on November 21st, 2023 at 4:51 pm

      It’s happening as we type…small trucks…1000s of dollars in gravel to fix bad roads…money!

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