Early January Weather is Perfection On Ambergris Caye

After mixed weather during the holidays, January has been absolute weather-perfection. Temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s, lower humidity, bright shining sun and clear beaches.

Sunday afternoon, Jeff and I drove north from our home to check on Jeff’s new fishing camp project – Rocky Point Permit Camp. I took a bunch of photos because it was such a gorgeous day…here they are.

We are driving from about 8 miles north of San Pedro to about 18 miles south of San Pedro…there are a bunch of stops you can make along the way. At the new tiny bar In D Wild (about 9 miles north), at Chat n Chill (10 miles north), at El Norte Bar (11 miles north)…at Margaritaville (about 14 miles north), and Tranquility Bay (around 15 miles north).

Stop in for a beer at El Norte Beach Bar
Stop in for a beer and a chat at El Norte on the beach
The beach at Margaritaville
The beach at Margaritaville – they have the gate open so you don’t have to drive ALL the way around it

We stopped in to say hi to Pany at Tranquility Bay Resort.

The dock at Tranquility Bay

Looking back towards the beach and their cabanas.

Beach at Tranquility Bay
The cabanas at Tranquility Bay Resort

Not a bad place to stop for a cold Belikin and a ceviche.

A picnic table at Tranquility Bay


Driving north - jungle
Construction up at Rocky Point
It’s happening!

These guys are living it up in the brush.

A found a few up to 6 feet off the ground nestled in the palm trees. Someone told me that it means “weather is coming” – I guess we shall see.

Hermit crab up in palm tree
Can you spot the hermit crab 4 feet off the ground?
Palm trees and beautiful shadows
We left as many trees as we possibly could on the property -and the reward is these shadows

To the beach!

View of beach
This beautiful stump on the beach
Tree washed up on beach
This giant tree washed up on the beach in the last few weeks

We get so many huge sea logs and trees that wash up on the beach on Ambergris Caye. Makes me wonder…why don’t you see this (or fear sea logs in the murkier water) at the Jersey Shore or in Cape Cod? Why no trees in the water?

Beach near Robles Point
ROcky Point
The shoreline gets rockier with coral as you near Rocky Point

I spotted my NEMESIS. Sargassum.

Sargassum sprig

Sure it looks harmless. Golden and fresh but in huge amounts? Ugh! Last year, we saw the return of sargassum end of January/beginning of February. I’m going to pretend I didn’t see this.

Just a wayward bunch on an otherwise pretty beach.

I walked a bit farther because I saw a kayak. Way up here! Maybe it’s from Jamaica or…Africa!

Kayak by Robles Point
Kayak from Grand Caribe
Nope..Grand Caribe right here on Ambergris Caye

Alas, nothing so exotic. It’s from right here on the island. I wonder how it washed up 15 miles north of its home?

It was time for me to go. I heard the pot top ringing. Raul, the construction cook, clangs on a heavy metal pot cover when it’s eating time for the crew.

Delicious BBQ today.

This morning, it’s BREEZY but it looks like warm sunshine should continue.

Hope to see you guys here soon. And sargassum? YOU ARE NOT WELCOME HERE.

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  1. Bob on January 9th, 2024 at 10:05 am

    Do you use a septic system up there or pit toilets?

    • San Pedro Scoop on January 10th, 2024 at 8:24 am

      A bunch of septic systems. But that’s about as much as I know about it! a few very deep segmented cement…boxes?

  2. Greg M on January 10th, 2024 at 9:31 am

    Great post and photos Rebecca. Can’t wait to see the new camp!

  3. HARPO ZANEIS on January 10th, 2024 at 10:19 am

    Thanks, great pictures, keep them coming

  4. Dawn Burton on January 10th, 2024 at 10:58 am

    Love all your stories, just returned from 10 stay in San Pedro, had a blast Stayed at Xtan ha 7 miles north,great place.

  5. Nica on January 10th, 2024 at 11:05 am

    This blog has become one of my go to resources as I set up my home on the island. I’m heading back to Ambergris Caye in a few days to set up the house so I’ll be sure to stop by some of the places you mentioned!

  6. Dan Grant on January 10th, 2024 at 12:23 pm

    Hey Rebecca, “8 miles north of San Pedro to 18 miles south” would drop you off the end and probably back up on Caye Caulker. Do you have one of those amphibious golf carts and where can I get one? 🙂

    • mysteryboy on January 10th, 2024 at 6:17 pm

      she placed this little gem purposely, just to test the knowledge of her readers 😉

    • San Pedro Scoop on January 13th, 2024 at 1:19 pm

      Ooop! Typo. 18 miles north for sure!

  7. Frank J on January 10th, 2024 at 4:57 pm

    Can’t wait. Jan 23rd. Seems like I’ve been reading your blog forever.

  8. Amy on January 10th, 2024 at 5:47 pm

    Trying to get there! Plane is currently grounded.

  9. greg urban on January 11th, 2024 at 9:23 am

    why don’t you see this (or fear sea logs in the murkier water) at the Jersey Shore or in Cape Cod? Why no trees in the water?
    Because all the seaboard land is built or cleared or walled and no trees can make it to the water. Not so in Belize or the Yucatan.
    Be happy; your in Paradise.

    • San Pedro Scoop on January 13th, 2024 at 1:19 pm

      YES! Thank you – that makes perfect sense. No jungle lined rivers with trees washing down them! Thank you for solving that for me.