Yesterday, the Island Hit Max Power Capacity + Some Views at Rocky Point Permit Camp Updates

How’s that for a mixed bag?

I’m moving a bit slowly this morning. We had two power outages yesterday – mostly north of town but it affected people all over the island. The first was a pre-announced outage – from 830 to 1030am and then an unannounced outage around 230pm. The power didn’t turn back on at my house until about 930pm.

Now this isn’t the end of the world…thank GOODNESS we sucked-it-up and invested in this rechargeable fan last year… (It’s not cheap but the 12″ is the way to go. With the coupon they have now, it’s about what we paid for it)

Rechargeable 12" geekaire fan is a lifesaver!

But the weather is HOT this time of year and well…I was getting a bit cranky. We received a memo from BEL – Belize Electricity – mid-outage that told us we, as an island, had used up our power. (And it’s not even Easter weekend – perhaps the busiest of the year – yet!)

I am not going to grumble about huge developments that have been ok-ed without the infrastructure to support them. (How’s THAT for passive-aggressive 😉 )

Instead, I will take you to the wilds of Ambergris Caye, the north part of this surprisingly big island…to the remote area between Robles Point (about 16 miles north) and Rocky Point where…we are building a fishing camp. (See…Rocky Point Permit Camp)

For those who don’t know, I don’t blame you! A permit is a type of fish. An elusive, finicky, skittish silver beauty that many flyfishermen dream of at night. Catching a bonefish, a permit and a tarpon is the Grand Slam of Belize.

Permit caught in the Cantena Lagoon
Did I mention their very strange lips?

Some pictures from “up north”.

Frannie between our legs in the golf cart
Frannie in the armrest position driving north in the golf cart
One of the prettiest properties between Tranquility Bay and Margaritaville
This GORGEOUS property between Margaritaville (you can see their dock) and Tranquility Bay
Construction plans
Here we are…
Solar Panels just installed
Let there be light! The solar panels were just installed…
The battery house
The battery house
Our overlord, Frannie, loves this place
Camp dog Belly
We got SO lucky with our camp dog, Belly. She is so sweet
The cabanas are looking SOOO good

The views are just insane…

View of ocean from cabana
View from our cabana

I took Belly for a walk on the beach. She actually leads the way. It was, after all, Bella’s beach way before I arrived.

Some sargasso but not a ton
There is some sargassum but not overwhelming
Stump on the beach
Is it possible to have a favorite stump? I do!

All the way south to Robles Point where the reef first hits the land…you can see the crazy landscape (heaps of coral built up over the centuries…millennia?) and the Belizean Air Force.

Pelicans soaring over Robles Point
Clear ocean water
Belly and I in for a swim

And relax after a good walk. The others went out fishing but I’m a hammock kinda gal.

Multicolored flies
I do appreciate how pretty these flies are…so much work to replicate shrimp!
Sitting in a hammock enjoying the view

For all the information on the RPPC, check out the website. I believe October is the planned opening date.

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  1. nadi on March 24th, 2024 at 12:10 pm

    hey rebecca,,

    nice post and beautiful pictures. question can you drive a good sturdy golf cart even further up by palm bay?

    • San Pedro Scoop on March 24th, 2024 at 5:30 pm

      I just asked Jeff – he has been farther up. He said a “hard no” during rainy season but a probably for now. The road gets pretty rocky…so you’d have to be careful.

      • David Martin on March 24th, 2024 at 5:49 pm

        The new camp, location, and pictures are insanely beautiful. I like your take on the huge developments. I hate them even if they were off-grid. Your PAPD is rather mild, I would have written something much more aggressive. Anyway, you won’t have BEL’s problems to worry about at RPPC.

        The fishing Grand Slam? Did you forget the 4th fish? If it’s only 3 fish they shoulda called it the Triple Crown. ooops, there’s my opinion again. I doubt I’m gonna get a seat at the Expert Advisory Committee table anyway, something about living in California?

        • San Pedro Scoop on March 25th, 2024 at 7:39 am

          You gotta talk to some international fishing federation about that! There is also a Super Slam that adds in a snook for good measure.

          I’ll let you know when they are recruiting for the Expat Advisory Committee California Branch!

      • nadi on March 28th, 2024 at 10:15 am

        thank you both

  2. Rob Douglas on March 24th, 2024 at 12:16 pm

    Thanks. I had friends at our place at Sapphire who were like “WTF?” with the power outage, but quickly shifted where’s the 1 Barrel?

    Loved seeing the pics for the fish camp.

    Thanks again for always sharing.

    • San Pedro Scoop on March 24th, 2024 at 5:30 pm

      It was the 3x in one day that was ugh!

  3. HARPO ZANEIS on March 24th, 2024 at 12:47 pm

    Thanks–look fwd to your articles and pictures

  4. Gerald (Jerry ) Phillips on March 24th, 2024 at 5:37 pm

    Wanna thank you for all the pictures and all the information. My fiancé and I and friends will be back in Belize in June. I’ve been coming here since 2012 and I love it. I just hate the commercialized changes has been done to such a beautiful island but, that’s progress, no matter where you’re at. Thanks again for all the articles we appreciate them. Jerry Phillips

    • San Pedro Scoop on March 25th, 2024 at 7:38 am

      Exactly. We all want the island to freeze – at the moment we fell in love with it but that’s not going to happen. Especially on an island this beautful!

  5. Bill Hilsendeger on March 25th, 2024 at 10:31 am

    We drove past the camp for about 1-1/2 miles to where the road hits the beach at the end of January to fish for permit. Road is very rugged and the under growth is very thick and sometimes road is very hard to see. There were a couple huge mud/water holes but managed to get through. I would definitely recommend 2 carts in case of troubles ,And someone knowledgeable of the trip is wise. Fortunately for us by a stroke of good luck met up with Panny at tranquility bay and he was just headed that direction so we followed him. If you are adventurous I would definitely make the attempt.
    Good luck

    • San Pedro Scoop on March 25th, 2024 at 12:04 pm

      Very good info. And excellent luck! Can’t find a better guide.

  6. HARRIETTE JEANNE FISHER on March 25th, 2024 at 7:20 pm

    Good report and beautiful pictures. The work Jeff is doing is top notch, and it is coming up fast. I look forward to being your neighbor. Each morning when I wake up I dream of lying in the sea, water up to my neck in a wonderful hole in the sand made by the sting rays sleeping habits. My daughter acquiesced me of being addicted to building. Well —- it could be worse.