Ok, so you have relocated to Ambergris Caye, Belize to start your new ex-pat lifestyle or you are on an exploratory trip or vacation and want to fill your days and nights with activities. Where do you begin? You don’t know anybody here and are unfamiliar with the area. However you will find that the Belizean people and the ex-pat community are both very friendly and welcoming. You have been on all of the tourist excursions with the larger tour companies and that can be pricy if you are on a fixed retirement income. At upwards of Two Hundred Dollars a person, not too many people can keep up that kind of pace. How can you entertain yourself while meeting the larger community that you are now a part of?
Below is a list of low cost activities to get you involved with your new community and have some fun at the same time! Most of these will cost you about five dollars or less.
- Sunday Funday- Crazy Canucks is a great place to ease into island life, Every Sunday afternoon there is a beach horseshoe tournament with live music and beach BBQ. Rob the owner is always there and with a breezy beachside location, the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon meeting both locals and expats. Have a Beliken and pitch some shoes. Every Friday night is a team trivia competition and Rob is the host. There is a cost for teams to enter, but the entry fees and donations go to help the ACES (Ambergris Caye Elementary School) on the island. I highly recommend this event. You can impress the locals with your smarts and win some money. This is also where you will find the Canadians hanging out. Crazy Canucks is located next to the Exotic Caye Resort. ½ mile south of San Pedro Town on Coconut Drive. You can contact them at email@example.com or locally at (501) 670-8001
- Monday Cribbage Tournament at Coco Locos- Coco Locos is a cute little beach bar just north of the bridge in the Tres Cocos area of San Pedro. No cold shoulders, here just warm hugs and lots of laughter. Even better, is the pizza and pulled pork sandwiches. The best part of the bar is the pool where you never have to get out, they serve you at the swim up bar, my favorite spot of all to enjoy a rum punch and play dice games with the bartender Brandon. Cribbage starts at 4PM on Monday afternoons and be prepared for a game of giant jenga afterwards. There is also a beach BBQ on Monday evenings with Chicken, Pork Chops, Sausage or Fish lovingly prepared by Brandon. Coco Locos also hosts a Trivia Night on Tuesdays at 7PM. Lots of fun. You can find them on Facebook as Coco Locos Beach Bar give them a call at (501) 604-8650
- Thursday Splash and Paint at Crazy Canucks- Hosted by Belizean Melody Art Gallery is a paint your own art afternoon. For $20,00 BZE ($10US) you can bring out your inner artist and make your own Belize Souvenir. Melodys gallery is located in downtown San Pedro on Barrier Reef Drive | 1 1/2 blocks north of the clock on the left hand side, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Stop in and get her upcoming schedule.
- Thursday Evening Chicken Drop at Wahoos Lounge, Spindrift Hotel. In the center of San Pedro on the beach is Wahoos Lounge home of the famous Chicken Drop. For $1.00 a ticket you can bet on which square the chicken will poop on. A famous San Pedro tradition and not to be missed. The crowd gets whipped into a frenzy as they try to coax the chicken onto the right numbered square
- Secret Beach- although it is not as secret as it once was, Secret Beach is about ten miles north of San Pedro on the lagoon side of the island. A very secluded spot with a sandy beach and warm waist deep water, it is where you find that the locals and ex-pats both enjoy this beach. There is a nice covered pier with benches to enjoy a picnic or a glass of wine and is the perfect location to watch a beautiful Caribbean sunset. You can walk quite a way out into the sea without getting more than chest deep in the water and have a nice sandy bottom to stand on.
- Wednesday Darts at Feliz Bar and Grill- Feliz boasts the most large screen televisions on the island and is a great place to watch games. Located just past Coco Locos at the Cloisters they also have great food. A limited menu but tasty bar and grill fare. You can also find a game of corn hole here.
The best way to get to know your new home and neighbors is to get out and walk around San Pedro. There are numerous small restaurants and delis with reasonable prices that might escape you in a cart. You will also find numerous roadside BBQ stations, especially on the weekends. For about $5.00 US you will get a plate of chicken, pork or fish with cole slaw, rice and beans and tortillas. It is quite delicious and filling.