San Pedro has the best restaurants in Belize, period. This is due to the fact that Ambergris Caye is Belize’s most popular tourist destination and it has been that way for many, many, many years. There are two other main factors that support their food scene, one, they have a large expat community (see: why retire in Belize) and two, compared to other locations, the standard of living is much higher for local San Pedranos. But enough socio-economic drama, let me introduce my recommendations for the best food spots in San Pedro.
1. Elvi’s Kitchen
Elvis Kitchen is one of the oldest local restaurants in San Pedro. It is my favourite and I’m fortunate to be friends with the family that owns it. The first time I visited San Pedro I was 15 and strapped for cash, but as I passed by Elvis kitchen I forgot about my budget and splurged! I had the most amazing garlic butter red snapper…and the rest is history.
2. Estels Dine by the Sea
Estels is the most popular breakfast joint in San Pedro and since it’s right next to the beach, a beautiful view also compliments the amazing food. On Sundays you can join them for their beach BBQ which includes Chicken, Pork Chops, Ribs and sausage. Om nom nom nom!
3. Blue Water Grill
I hate this place…they regularly tweet their special of the day and make me want to take a bite out of my phone. Grrr!
I love BWG’s extensive menu options, it’s perfectly located next to the beach with views of the barrier reef and has a nice patio seating area that feels casual yet fancy.
Waruguma is popular for their pupusas and chances are that you hadn’t thought about having that in Belize. After all, Pupusas are Salvadoranian, right? Well you’ll be missing out if you don’t because I’ve had pupusas in various countries and Waruguma takes the crown. But they don’t only serve pupusas, try the lobster burrito, it’s delicious beyond explanation.
5. El Fogon
El Fogon is the place to go for authentic Belizean food on a budget.When this restaurant is referenced by locals, they say, “it’s good simple food,” but after a visit, you’ll find out it’s being downplayed (it might be because of its humble atmosphere). Try the Royal Rat if you want to be adventurous.