A Cold Front Brings Gorgeous Late January Weather

Last week, the weather on Ambergris Caye was sunny and warm but blustery – strong winds blowing in from the east kept the sea stirred up and divers on land for a few days. But all that switched around Monday when a north wind blew in…cooling temps to the high 60s/low 70s (it’s COLD in the mornings) and making for the perfect boating, diving, and just about anything on the sea-weather.

The long pretty beach at Tuto
Beachfront dog walk at Tuto, about 8 miles north

I get my weather forecasts here – generally good for a day or two but tropical weather is fickle!

It’s so pretty out…I had to take a few pictures. At a few different locations…I was run run running errands all over yesterday. Let me share them with you on this last day of January.

I started by running to the shops near me (about 9 miles north) to drop off some basics for Cayo Frances.

Tiny Chiky’s Shop is my local. It’s on the road to the quarry.

Chiky Shop

A very cute house right across the street. Everyone’s doors were flung open, enjoying the cool breezes.

Cute blue house by quarry

And then I drove thru the quarry to the Cayo Frances lagoon – to meet the boat that would bring my shopping to the camp.

Cayo Frances Lagoon
The usually still clear lagoon was rough from the north wind

My favorite trees grow along the lagoons and the island’s west side. They are craggy, gnarled and prickly and I don’t know what type they are. I notice them along the water line.

When they are small, they almost look like bonsai trees. Like this one…

A small prickly tree

A larger one that is…deceased.

Craggy tree growin along lagoon
A pretty bromeliad growing in the branches

A close-up of the tiny leaves…almost like succulent leaves. If you have any ID on these trees, I’d love to know!

Leaves of mystery tree

Enough about trees, let’s head to town. For some veggie shopping…

I will never figure out how this town eats so many habanero peppers. Zillions of Scoville units a week.

Veggie stand and habaneros

Down the Middle Street…

Middle Street San Pedro

Municipal elections are March 6 and the banners and flags and t-shirts and…drama are in full force.

They always hang the flags right next to each other – mostly because every pole on the island gets a flag. But do they cancel each other out? Does the top flag trump the bottom flag?

Flags flags everywhere
PUP is blue, UDP is red

I stopped in to chat with Calvin about the iguana sanctuary (update coming later this week!) and I spotted this gorgeous rooster who was enjoying the bounty of veggies and fruits that the iguanas eat from.

See: Year-End Destruction at Calvin’s Very Popular Iguana Sanctuary

Rooster atop veggies at Calvins

I headed south of town to Brooklyn Brothers’ Bagels to pick up some fresh loaves of bread they make on Tuesday. Check out the Facebook page (above) to order and pick up. I passed behind the airstrip just as a plane was coming in…

Plane coming across the airstrip

A few more errands and I picked up my favorite favorite lunch in San Pedro. Pig tail and split peas with dumplings at Briana’s Deli. I made it once…years ago. It is time-consuming, and uncooked pigtails are…one of the most unattractive foods on the planet.

Pigtail
An old photo from Ambergris Today…I mean…no words, right?

But SOOOOOOOO good. Porky, salty, starchy…just the best comfort food.

I headed home. You can see how flat and clear the ocean is…perfection.

Crossing the bridge

And took Frances out for a walk on the beach.

Frances prancing to the beach
Frances is a prancer
Lots of greenery on the beach
“Our” beach is mostly untouched…all the vines and grasses and bushes really help with erosion

A chill in the air! Today looks like a repeat of this perfect weather and I…am headed to the dentist. (Now I can drive there…10 years ago, it required the now-defunct water taxi)

Enjoy everyone and wish me luck.

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7 Comments

  1. Cruzita on January 31st, 2024 at 10:24 am

    I really enjoy your newsletters. Please keep us posted on the Sargassum when it reaches Belize. I plan to visit in April and I’m hoping the island has no sargassum at that time.

    • San Pedro Scoop on January 31st, 2024 at 10:55 am

      I’m hoping so too. I’ll try but when it comes…it’s so depressing!

  2. Wallace on January 31st, 2024 at 11:02 am

    Is there another coastal water taxi now?

    • San Pedro Scoop on January 31st, 2024 at 4:13 pm

      None. Once the road north was made better – starting in 2014…people just stopped taking it as much. And then many of the hotels bought vans and it died out. I wish we had the option but honestly, I’d probably only take it once or twice a year. But I miss it!

  3. Karl J Ohrman on January 31st, 2024 at 12:56 pm

    What beautiful pictures. We have been to Ambergris Caye many times and these photos are so accurate of the island’s natural beauty.

  4. David Martin on January 31st, 2024 at 6:05 pm

    I’m thinking your favorite tree is called a Joewood. Does it produce small white flowers?

    • San Pedro Scoop on February 1st, 2024 at 7:58 am

      Oh YES! That looks like her – I had to look up the word “calcareous”. I…need to watch for flowers. I’m not sure I’ve seem. It’s such a beautiful gnarly tree that seems to grow in very tough areas. Joewood!

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