THESE ARE OUR FAVORITES!
PLACES TO DINE:
While Sailing in Belize with us you have to eat! Whether from Denver Colorado (like Tammy co owner), Miami Florida, California, or Atlanta Georgia, Guests all want to know what "locals" like, and where to go to eat. Nef and Tammy as a couple have some Local "Local" places they love and recommend a few more Touristy places they like too!
*Because of "search engine optimizing on Google" we have had to "add" a few key words here to boost our ratings, so bare with us! (smile)
There are SEVERAL FAVORITES HERE and as a Local Belize Tour Operator on the Island of Ambergris Caye/San Pedro these are our Recommendations and we frequent often!
We are happy to share them with you.
We hope you have a chance to visit all of them at some point while here.
If you have questions on any of our recommendations, please let us know. We are happy to share our "slice of paradise" with you.
Is our all time favorite! BAM!
Nothing to say other than everything is delicious! All of the menu is Caribbean Cuisine with a Flare! Located on Front Street right as you are suppose to turn Left by the RC School onto Front Street (Barrier Reef Drive), you turn Right instead. BIG Yellow Building on the beach. OH!....and forgot to mention VEGAN OPTIONS!
Open for Lunch and Dinner - Closed Sundays
*Blue Water Grill*
They have FRESH SUSHI on Tuesday and Thursday Nights starting at 6:00 and a Great Menu otherwise with some thing for everyone, including PIZZA! Located in the Sun Breeze Hotel across the street from Tropic Air in town. SunBreeze Hotel is a GREAT spot to stay! We highly recommend it!
Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
*Gillies Pour House*
ON THE BEACH in town at the foot of our pier and a place we spend ALOT of time at! This is more "local local" too! Great Food! They have everything from Awesome Wings to Delicious Homemade Ceviche and an AMAZING Seafood Platter! *Ceviche is prepared fresh before serving. It contains shrimp or conch (seasonal), onions, sweet peppers, tomatoes and cilantro. Shrimp is marinated in lime juice and a mix of spices. This is served with locally-made tortilla chips.*
Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner - Closed Wednsdays
Located inside The Phoenix Hotel in the heart of San Pedro. (which is also another favorite to stay). From the Main Street they are across from the Police Station but for the best parking, head down Front Street (Barrier Reef Drive) past Belize Bank to the end where the hotel is. They have a really nice Brunch especially on Sundays!
Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
One of the "Oldest Spots" on the island and a GREAT Friday Night for Dinner. Mayan Buffet is a delicious way to experience the Mayan Cuisine and Culture.
Located on Middle Street ~ Turn Left before Clock Tower and it's right on the corner .
Open for Lunch and Dinner - Closed Sundays
Do you like TACOS? Or what about Margarita's? Friday is 2 for 1 Margs and discounted Taco! DELISH all the time! They are located on Front Street just past Central Park on the left side. "Lil Glass Bubble!" You can see the world go by as you eat! Tell the boys Xsite sent you!
Open for Lunch and Dinner - Closed Sundays
This is a Local and Tourist favorite alike. They serve HUGE portions FYI. The Seafood Platter is our FAVORITE! We share! Here is where you can also get Papusas, which is a delicious treat in the evenings! They serve rotisserie chickens To Go for Lunch! Half, Whole or Quarter Chickens with some yummy sides. . We typically get a whole and have it as a snack later. They are located on Back Street on the North end. Worth the find!
Open for Lunch TO GO and Dinners Daily.
BEST SPOT TO WATCH SPORTS! Lots of TV's, Good Munchies and Good Company here! Located North of the bridge just at the "bend". Upstairs and GORGEOUS SUNSETS!
Tell Ivan we sent ya!
Open for Lunch and Dinner / 7 Days a week
A FABULOUS "local spot" in town on Back Street by the football field. The Mixed Ceviche is our FAVORITE there! Great spot to hang out eat some good food and sing Karaoke on a Sunday Night! (we don't sing...we watch everyone else sing)
Open for Dinners and Late Lunches
This is a Tourist Spot FOR SURE! Located on the beach in Boca Del Rio right at the "round about", head towards the sea. Can't miss it! They have inner tubes in the water for swimming, buckets of beer and good food. They have a HUMOUNGOUS BURGER and good BBQ. This place is open 7 days a week and they serve "Brunch, Lunch and Dinner Daily. Definatley a stop tourist want make.
This is a Sunday Favorite for us. The Asian Dish with Noodles and Shrimp is what Nef orders and Tammy gets the Chicken. Ask for "Awesome Amy" while you are there. Always a bright smile and a quick drink! Pizza, Ice Cream, Taco's with a "twist" and Asian Fusion. This is a "Toss Up" between where to eat and where to visit as there is ALWAYS something going on here. Movie Night, Family Fued, Bingo, Trivia, Corn Hole Tournaments, a Swimming Pool for Guests, Ping Pong to name a few.
Open for Lunch and Dinner - Closed Monday and Tuesday
There are just some "things" we feel Guests should do while here, or at least "know" to do. Being a Belize Tour Operator here we offer Sailing in Belize along with other Trips and Tours, however we like to "share" and "show" Guests EVERYTHING there is to see while here on their vacation.
So we have "added" to our website some of those things and will "add more" as we go along but here are the TOP FAVORITES!
*Secret Beach for the Day*
This is the "latest craze" as of now here on the island. It is located on the Bayside/Westside and about 7 miles North from town. We offer this as a "Day Trip Service" by boat but some like to take a golf cart for the day and go explore. Ask for a cooler from where you are staying and make a day of it! We go directly to the Main Pier when we go and spend the afternoon. There are several bars and restaurants.
*Golf Cart Rental*
SPEAKING OF: Golf Carts ~ We recommend Rocks Golf Cart to use when you come to the island. Located on Middle Street/Across from Atlantic Bank. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to save your dates! They will also bring the cart to you when you get in. Hotels do make a commission on carts so you do pay a premium if you reserve through your resort.
Tell them Xsite sent you so you get "Our Discount"
We LOVE a day spent at Sol Spa. Massages with Carrie or Jean or Pedicures with Angie 011-501-226-2410. Make an appointment in advance as they are good and typically get full. Tell them Xsite sent you!
*Jet Surf in Belize*
This is a very fun thing to do! Surf Boards with little motors.
Presently you can contact Sabrina directly 011-501-624-2417 for reservations and where you are staying and she will bring it to you!
*Artisan Park in San Pedro*
We have an Artisian Gallery in the back on Back Street across from the Football field. It is where all the local folks get to display their beautiful art vs on our beaches. Paintings, shells, hammocks to name a few. We strongly suggest a stop here when you come and SEE what there is there and then visit before you go home to buy.
*The Vape Shop*
Cartridges, Gummies, CBD+ Oils, Edibles, Devices and Hardware. She has tons of stuff for everyone. Just ask for Nadine. The Shop is located at the end of Back Street with a BIG RED DOOR! Can't miss it! The Shop is TYPICALLY Open Monday - Saturday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm or
call 011- 501-615-7560 or 011-501-606-8739. Tell them we sent you their way!
*Wine De Vine*
We go here often to just sit and catch up on the weeks events with each other and friends. Typically a great spot to sit down and relax and have a glass of wine with a fabulous cheese and meat tray! See you on Fridays! 011-501-226-3430
Open 11:00 - 8:00 Monday thru Saturday
*12 Belize Boutique*
Unique and Beautiful Gifts ALL MADE IN BELIZE! Hand Made Bags, Ornaments, Jewelry. Lara's shop is located on Tarpon Street in the BIG Purple Building upstairs. This is a FOR SURE STOP as it not only is unique but supports many women in villages around the Country.
Open 9:00 to 5:00 Monday - Saturday or check out her website http://www.12belize.com
*Gerry's Cardio Dance Class*
Have to say I personally do this class Daily! Super fun! Monday through Friday and FOUR CLASSES DAILY! 6:00 am / 8:30 am / 6:00 pm / 7:15 pm. (I don't do four classes a day just one!) If you are interested, please let us know. This is more a "local thing" but Getty is always happy to have Guests for a weeks vacation.
This is a favorite stop for visitors as there is ALWAYS a type of Chocolate for everyone. There are also Chocolate Classes to learn to make Chocolate.
All Made here in Belize. Located on the corner where you turn to Front Street from Tarpon Street by the RC School.
Open Monday thru Saturday
*Havana Cigar Shop*
Located on Front Street by the Alley way to our Pier which is the 2nd Alley way to the beach. Carlos is a wealth of information. Voted one of the TOP Cigar Shops in the WORLD
Good to Stop in and ask when a good time is to come in and chat.
*Smelly People Wanted Soap Shop*
Smells YUMMY just driving by! It is located next to Holiday Hotel and has a sign outside saying "Smelly People Wanted". Check them out for Home made soaps.
Open Monday thru Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
We have a few places that we like to recommend and all depends on your budget and what you want to spend.
Sun Breeze Hotel
For Ease and Comfort we highly recommend. They are located right across the street from the airstrip. (No it isn't noisy either! The planes land at the other end) We have guests that come to Sail with us & stay here often. It is close to our Pier and has a great pool and restaurant attached. Nice spot close to everything. Little dated but well worth the value.
**** but not the price
The Phoenix is located in town but feels like it is more remote. It also has a great restaurant attached to it. Pool is amazing and the view unbeatable. Located at the very end of Front Street / Barrier Reef Drive. Great spot, newer too!
Coco Beach is located about 3 Miles North of town and is great for adults and kids alike. The owner has a thing for pools and it shows. Kids love the slide! There is water volleyball as well. It also a restaurant and bar on site. We haven't been in a while and hopefully service at the restaurant has gotten better.
Victoria House is amazing! Great Spot South of town on the beach. Superb Serve, Superb Staff, Great Restaurant and Bar. Nothing more to say.
The Sand Bar
The Sand Bar is located in town on the beach in Boca Del Rio. It is a Hostile type setting and priced accordingly, but not as you would imagine of a typical Hostile. Clean, well taken care of and good food. I believe they are rated #1 in the Caribbean for hostiles. So if you are looking for a bed and a clean place to stay, this is a great spot.
*** Only because it is a Hostile!
This is a super cute Boutique Hotel located tucked away in Tres Cocos off the main road. 4 adorable casitas, amazing plunge pool, amWazing coffee bar with snacks and Wine Night on Thursday! Affordable and super nice owners.
Another Boutique Hotel in Tres Cocos. Right on the main strip with an nice pool. Great bar and funny jokes road side all the time which tells you about the owners sense of humor! Great spot! Also affordable and nice.
Though it is now a haven for travelers from around the world, Ambergris Caye is also steeped in history.
Ambergris Caye’s position on the Southen tip of the Yucatan Peninsula meant that it began life as an important trading post for the Maya people who once ruled the region. Indeed, about 1,500 years ago, they decided to create a more optimal trading route between the Yucatan coast and Belize by creating the Bacalar Chico channel which now separates Ambergris Caye from Mexico.
The Ambergris Caye area continued to be used primarily for trading purposes until around the 16th or 17th century. By this time, the Maya people had begun to retreat further and further inland in an effort to avoid making too much contact with the European settlers who were now arriving more frequently.
In the absence of the Maya, the Europeans took ownership of Ambergris Caye. Indeed, according to local lore, pirates from the Netherlands, France, and Great Britain would regularly use the region’s many coves as hiding spots when ambushing rival Spanish ships. This story is given more credence by the fact that a number of small treasure collections have been discovered on the island – potentially left behind by those European pirates.
By the 19th century, the European pirates had left Ambergris Caye, but the region was beset by the War of the Castes. This conflict in the Yucatan drove the Mestizo and Maya people across the Bacalar Chico channel and on to the island. In 1848, these new residents formed the town of San Pedro – which is still the largest settlement on the island.
In 1869, a wealthy Briton named James Hume Blake purchased the ownership rights to Ambergris Caye for the princely sum of $625. Mr. Blake and his wife, Antonia Andrade, transformed the island into a coconut plantation and conscripted many of the island’s residents to work for them.
Though the coconut business was a successful source of income for the island for almost a century, it was eventually destroyed by a series of devastating hurricanes in the 1950s. Soon after, the Belizean government purchased Ambergris Caye from its private owners and redistributed its ownership rights to the people who called the island home.
Many of the islanders then turned to the fishing business in search of an income for their families. Lobster, in particular, proved to be a popular catch. Before long, the people of San Pedro had formed a lobster cooperative and even built a freezer plant on the island.
Though the island’s lobster industry has gone through some ups and downs over the past five decades or so, it remains one of the largest sources of income for the people of Ambergris Caye. It coupled with tourism and real estate are some of the main drivers behind the ongoing success of the island today.
Sailing in Belize is our focus as a Belize Tour Operator but we want to share as much information about Belize as possible.
Hol Chan is Mayan - for "Little Channel" and is a natural break in the reef, which has always been a very productive fishing area with abundances of marine life. It is open to the deep sea beyond the reef, so allows marine creatures to travel in and out of the reef with very little effort. Hol Chan became the first Marine Reserve in the entire country back in 1987. This has led certain species of fish able to re-generate along with the corals growing unharmed. This snorkeling area has the greatest variety of marine life and coral in the country. Being compared to an "underwater zoo".
Shark & Ray Alley's history is that due to its position close to the channel to go outside the barrier reef for fishing, it was the point where the local fishermen came in at the end of their day with their catch and started cleaning it. Throwing the heads and bones in the water while coming back to shore. This converted Shark & Ray Alley to it's own natural habit for the marine life such as nurse sharks and sting-rays that associate the sound of a boat engine to food. The water is shallow and you can see the nurse-sharks and sting-rays on the surface, meaning that even if you don't get in to the water you can enjoy it from the boat.
Sailing in Belize
Our Belize Sailing Vacations leave from San Pedro.
Belize Day Sail Trips leave with Parties of 8 or more.
Over Night Sailing Charters are planned in advance. Guest can work with us to build their trip.
We can bring guests back to San Pedro, Drop in Caye Caulker or Belize City or even we can make arrangements to deliver to Placencia
Sailing in Belize with us is of coarse our #1,
However, being a Belize Tour Operator we feel the need to share a little bit about Belize as a whole.
Belize is a nation on the eastern coast of Central America, with Caribbean Sea shorelines to the east and dense jungle to the west. Offshore, the massive Belize Barrier Reef, dotted with hundreds of low-lying islands called Cayes, hosts rich marine life. Belize’s jungle areas are home to Mayan ruins like Caracol, renowned for its towering pyramid; lagoon-side Lamanai; and Altun Ha, just outside Belize City.
Belize currency exchange is extremely easy for American visitors. The Belize dollar is locked at $2 Belize = $1 USD. So it's very easy to see how much something is costing in USD when you go shopping. Most accommodations and tours are listed in US$ prices, and most restaurants, shops, etc. are listed in BZ$. Nearly everyplace readily accepts USD currency. Most also should accept traveler's checks as long as you write your passport number or driver's license number on the back. Large bills (anything above a $20) are a little more difficult to cash. Shopkeepers generally ask you to spend a minimum amount.
ATMs are also available across the country, particularly in most tourist destinations- including Placenica,Punta Gorda, Belmopan, Dangriga, Belize City, San Pedro Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, Orange Walk, San Ignacio and Corozal.
Belize is located in Central America and it is bordered to the north by Mexico, to the south and west by Guatemala and to the east by the Caribbean Sea. We are a diverse country with various cultures and languages. We also have the lowest population density in Central America with 35 people per square mile or 14 people per square kilometer.
Belize is also known for its extreme biodiversity and distinctive ecosystems. On the coast, there is a swampy coastal plain with mangrove swamps. In the south and interior there are hills and low mountains. Most of our land is undeveloped and is forested with hardwoods. It is a part of the Mesoamerican biodiversity hotspot and it has many jungles, wildlife reserves, a large variety of different species of flora and fauna and the largest cave system in Central America. Some species of Belize's flora and fauna include the black orchid, the mahogany tree, the toucan and tapirs.
The first people to develop Belize were the Maya around 1500 B.C.E. As shown in archeological records, they established a number of settlements here. These include Caracol, Lamanai and Lubaantun. The first European contact with Belize occurred in 1502 when Christopher Columbus reached the area's coast. In 1638, the first European settlement was established by England and for 150 years, many more English settlements were set up.
In 1840, Belize became a "Colony of British Honduras" and in 1862, it became a crown colony. For one hundred years after that, Belize was a representative government of England but in January 1964, full self government with a ministerial system was granted. In 1973, the region's name was changed from British Honduras to Belize and on September 21, 1981, full independence was achieved.
Come to Belize and you’ll hear familiar words of the English language. In fact, we are the only English language-speaking country in Central America. While English is the official language of Belize, Kriol is the language that we all speak.
When you hear us, you know you’re in a country unlike any other. Even our most up-tight citizens sound relaxed. We have a Caribbean lilt and our words seem a bit shorter. But don’t worry, you’ll understand everything and we may teach you a few phrases you don’t know.
Here, even our language is a diverse adventure. Spanish, African-based Garifuna, Maya-Kekchi, Maya Mopan, Mandarin, German are just a few of the languages that form the unique dialects we speak throughout the country.
Here are a few different ways you’ll hear “good morning”
From the moment you arrive in Belize – whether you are an adventure traveler, part of a family trip or in the country for a relaxing beach vacation – Belize people and culture make you feel as welcome and comfortable, like nowhere you’ve ever visited.
In Belize, our traditions and customs are varied and represent more than eight diverse cultures. For generations, the people of Belize have demonstrated a cultural commitment to preserve the country’s unique charms. This enduring promise to the land, the waters and you, our visitor, inspires all to achieve a genuine and intimate connection to a variety of extraordinary experiences.
We are truly a melting pot of colorful personalities, making our 321,115 residents the country’s greatest resource for tourism. The Belizean people are made up of Maya, Mestizo, Kriol, Garifuna, East Indian, Mennonite, Arab and Chinese.
There also are a number of expatriates in Belize from Canada, Europe and the United States – and many of them retire here. A blending of cultures has resulted in one of the happiest and most peaceful countries in the region and a widespread reputation as one of the world’s friendliest tourist destination.
In Belize (formerly British Honduras), English remains the official language, but the most diverse language in Belize is Kriol (Belizean Creole). Other languages spoken include Garifuna, Mandarin, Spanish and Maya.
One of the nicest things about visiting Belize is the weather. With an average yearly temperature of 84° F (29°C), it’s always warm, yet comfortable. Costal sea breezes as well as our jungle and rainforests keep you cool even in the hottest summer months while winters can be cool but never very cold. In short, the climate is pretty much near perfect. Even in winter (November-March) the temperature in Belize rarely falls below 60°F (16°C), while the summer (May-September) is around 86°F (30°C). Humidity is also fairly consistent at around 85 percent.
Belize’s dry season is between February and May and has significantly lower rainfall than the rest of the year. When it does rain, it is usually in mild, short bursts.
June through December is our wet season, when parts of the country receive up to 150 inches of rain and the heavy, sometimes wild storms associated with the Caribbean occur, usually in the late afternoons. The most frequent rainfall usually happens in June or early July and is punctuated by a break in late July or August known as the "little dry."
We also have a hurricane season, and while statistically Belize does not attract many major direct hits, it does get its share of severe tropical weather with high winds and rain. However, we have cooperative early warning network that we share with our neighbors. Our safety, evacuation and other procedures have proven to be effective, so no worries.
No matter what season you visit, there’s plenty to do and see down here.
Travelers can navigate the country by plane, bus, car, boat or horse, that’s right, horse. Below is a list of the many ways to discover our great country. We hope to see you soon.
Transportation includes local airlines, helicopter, rental cars, tour operators and buses that make getting around Belize easy. Remember to pack your sense of adventure, whether you’re headed to the beach, a dive site, Maya temples or any combination. Be ready for a journey.
For a small nation, we have a well-planned highway and road system that connects all mainland towns, villages and attractions. This system allows travelers to fashion a unique combination of experiences in one of the last unspoiled places on earth.
There are small airports in Belize centrally located around key points of interest in the country, bus terminals in most towns and boat services operating from all major coastal regions and island towns.
Travel via local airlines in passenger aircraft is the fastest and most popular means of transportation throughout Belize, especially for itineraries that combine different in-country locations. Flight schedules are coordinated with the arrival and departure of international flights, for even more convenient traveling and exploring.
Belize City and the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (PGIA) are hubs for most rental agencies, with localized services available in the larger tourism destinations.
Boats, known locally as water taxis, are the primary means of transportation between the islands and the mainland and, of course, to barrier reef attractions. Regularly scheduled water taxis operate between Belize City, Caye Caulker and San Pedro.
Sailing in Belize is AMAZING!
We are a Belize Tour Operator, based here in San Pedro. While we may "seem to be" a bit more expensive than some. We are a Fully Licensed Tour Operation here on the Island and we don't "over book" our boats.
*There are some folks around town offering trips and tours trying to undercut prices to try to get Visitors to book with them instead of Licensed Operators .*
We as a WHOLE in the Tourism Industry here on Ambergris Caye are asking that you as Guests visiting us, please ONLY use a Licensed Tour Operation while you are here and not the guys on the streets or by the water taxi or hustling on the beach offering trips for less money.
*First you get what you pay for in Quality & Service ~They do not have the Training that Licensed Tour Guides have.
*Second their equipment is not guaranteed to be safe or within regulations ~ Are Equipment is serviced often.
*Third they typically do not have the Advanced Training is Water Safety or Rescue ~ We require it.
*Forth, they are typically NOT insured ~ We are
So please make informed decisions while on your vacation here in Belize and choose wisely.
This is not to "scare" anyone away from coming to Belize as Belize is BEAUTIFUL, the people are Amazing and the Culture is Wonderful and Diverse, but to be in full disclosure to Guests coming that WE are Safe, WE are Insured and WE are a Licensed Tour Operation and employ Licensed Tour Guides.
With that said ~ We look forward to meeting you soon!
Thank you and enjoy Belize
Owners of Xsite Belize Sailing & Adventures
Nef & TammyThis
Belize Sailing Vacations
Sailing in Belize with the Belize Tour Operator Xsite Belize Sailing & Adventures:
-Our Belize Sailing Vacations leave from San Pedro.
-Belize Day Sailing Trips leave frequently.
-Over Night Sailing Charters are planned in advance.
-Guest can work with us to build their trip.
-We bring guests back to San Pedro but we can drop in Caye Caulker or Belize City or even we can make arrangements to deliver to Placencia
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye 00000, BZ
07:00 am – 09:00 pm
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