It’s Drinks O’clock! Dock Your Boat And I’ll Meet You At The Bar

Belize's San Pedro Lobsterfest

Everyone can agree with me that when you’re on vacation, there isn’t anything quite like hanging out by the beach with a cold drink in your hand as you gaze into the horizon while the sun glistens over the ocean or sea. And if you’re into sunsets (aren’t we all?), the perfect beach bar during twilight is magical, simply magical.

I know a thing or two about the local nightlife and entertainment scene and I’ve decided to round up the best beach bars in Belize so that when you visit, you know exactly where to go to have a good time. So if you’re ever nearby any of the bars mentioned below, make sure you stop by and don’t forget to say that Lorenzo sent you. They’ll owe me a beer.

The Top Five Belize Beach Bars

5. Tipsy Tuna Sports Bar, Placencia

Tipsy Tuna is always filled with locals and has its own dancing area. I had a tough time not placing it a little higher on this list since whenever I’m in Placencia I end up there and have a blast. It’s actually right next to my favorite bar in Placencia (see number two). During the Easter holidays, stay clear if you don’t want to feel like you’re in Jamaica – it can get rowdy. Watch the video below if you would like to see what I’m talking about.

4. Fido’s Restaurant and Bar, Ambergris Caye

Located in downtown San Pedro, the gringo in me loves this place even though most of my Belizean friends hate it since it’s always filled with tourists. But I stand by my choice because I enjoy bars that have live bands, are filled with people having fun and I can rest assured that I can go on any day and be entertained. The fact that they serve good food and have a big patio is a bonus. Oh how I miss Fidos!

3. Palapa Bar and Grill, Ambergris Caye

The Palapa Bar in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye

The Palapa Bar was rebuilt in 2016 after Hurricane Earl destroyed it – Robert J. Hawkins

The Palapa Bar is somewhat of an oasis that truly resembles being on a beach vacation since its perched on a dock over the Caribbean Sea. This beach bar is possibly everyone’s favourite bar in San Pedro and it is a great place to meet locals and expats. It’s also a perfect place to have a nice meal and drinks while you listen live music performances or if you prefer, you can always watch the sun set over the Belizean horizon. If you’ve been to Ambergris Caye before, you’ll know that the bar was formerly located in North Ambergris Caye but a few years back it relocated to where the old Wet Willy’s was. The good news is that the new location doesn’t disappoint, in fact, its even more convenient since its now closer to downtown San Pedro. Some people might be upset that I didn’t rank this place higher.

2. Barefoot Beach Bar, Placencia

The vibe at this bar is no shoes, no shirt, no problem – hence the name Barefoot Beach Bar. An important thing to note is that Placencia is known to have the best beaches in Belize and Barefoot Bar sits right next to a lovely beach. Here you can enjoy fantastic live music and extra cold drinks as you mingle with travelers from all over the world. I’ve heard that this is a great spot to pick up girls.

1. The Lazy Lizard Bar, Caye Caulker


The Split looks different now – this is an picture i took in 2007

The Lazy Lizard is practically a landmark in Caye Caulker. It’s located at the world famous “The Split” which appears to serve as a magnet — no one can visit or live on the Caye Caulker and not end up there at the end of the day. Funny story: don’t tilt the monkey statue when you’re there. The first time I visited the Lazy Lizard, the bartender tricked me into tipping over the monkey and a huge penis sprung out from underneath it…everyone laughed at me and I almost died from being so embarrassed. P.S. This is certainly the best place to catch sunsets in Belize.


If you know of another bar that trumps any of these, I’d love to hear of your experience.




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16 Responses to It’s Drinks O’clock! Dock Your Boat And I’ll Meet You At The Bar

  1. beachlover August 17, 2013 at 11:58 AM #

    What are your thoughts about what will happen to these great bars when the cruise ships start coming in??? Its a nightmare that I cannot begin to imagine.

    • Lorenzo Gonzalez August 17, 2013 at 3:50 PM #

      Yeah that’s sad

      • Cozmo August 18, 2013 at 5:38 PM #

        Most of the Cruise Ship people go to the mainland, and stay in the compound… never experience anything in the Country, which is more Sad… might just as well stay on the ship!

  2. Charles August 17, 2013 at 1:03 PM #

    You forgot Yolies bar in Placencia. I think the only bar in Placencia that is but over the water.

    • Lorenzo Gonzalez August 17, 2013 at 3:50 PM #

      I’ve never been to Yoli’s. Where exactly is it?

  3. Bums on da Beach September 8, 2013 at 8:05 PM #

    Placencia – Barefoot Beach Bar & Yoli’s Bar & Grill

    Caye Caulker – Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Lazy Lizard

    Ambergris – Crazy Canucks Beach Bar & Fido’s
    Dangriga – Pelican Beach Resort Bar

  4. Sony Xperia Z1 Android GPS September 9, 2013 at 10:12 PM #

    Beach isn’t complete without bars. They are the perfect combo for fun and having a blast during your stay.

  5. Vicki Summers Jacobs December 8, 2014 at 3:12 AM #

    Are there any Pub Crawls for an excursion? We'll be coming in on the Carnival Pride?

    • Lorenzo Gonzalez December 9, 2014 at 3:42 AM #

      Hey, there are bars at the Tourism Village in Belize City. As a local i’m not allowed so i can only tell you from what others have told me.

  6. Geof Leibel February 17, 2016 at 5:11 PM #


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