When you travel you get educated, you start to see who you are, you start to believe in yourself man, RESPECT! That was just part of my conversation, ending in a big hug, with Rusta Tad, one of the locals in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The moment I got off the ferry and entered this little island, I could feel the vibe. Colourful, rusta, chilled. I felt a warm sea breeze whipping my hair around my face and I could smell that ocean smell.
The island attracts visitors from all over the world, for the awesome diving and sailing. I was worried that it wouldn’t be enough for me to do here, not doing those 2 activities. It was super chilled, in a good way. Even if, like me, you don’t sail or dive, you need to add this rusta-vibe small Caribbean Island to your bucket list! Spending time here, gave me a chance to realise that it’s ok to take it easy and appreciate my surroundings. There was nothing not to love in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
The Rusta Vibe
I got off the ferry ready to use my very limited Spanish, instead I got greeted with “How ya doing guuurl?” It has a very rustafari-caribbean vibe through San Pedro and I was in love. Forgetting about the little Spanish I could speak, I was walking around repeating what the locals say, “Respect, Man!” With bright colours splashed about, schools right on the ocean, and reggae playing out of every restaurant and bar, this early rise, early to bed town brings out your inner rustafarian.
The locals are the number one thing that makes this island special. They are friendly, welcoming and ready to help you out and point you in the right direction. They will tell you about where to eat ‘cheapy cheap,’ and give you pointers on what to do around the island. They are honest and very passionate about their island.
You can’t walk down the street without a friendly “Hi, How are you?” Without any hidden agenda, creepiness or someone trying to sell you something. The waves and the smiles you receive are infectious. Although, I did get a few over eager marriage proposals, “Beautiful girl, marry me? Come on, I’m a nice guy, I am Belizean!”
The passion and work that goes into these little street vendors is incredible. They sit there all day selling beautiful hand crafted jewellery, bags, baskets and handcrafted wooden bowls. I do like that they don’t hassle you to wits end. They tell you what it is, let you actually look and give you a fair price. You can haggle, I didn’t bother because I thought the price was fair to begin with.
You Can Walk Or Bike Anywhere
You see a lot of golf carts flying past you and it is tempting to hire one and give it a go. But, there really isn’t any point, you can get just about any where if you get a bike. Most accommodation provide bikes, if they don’t, there a few bike rental shops about. Prices go for 18 Belize per day ($9.)
The food here is YUMMY! Yep, well deserved capitals. Although, I found it one of the more pricier places if you wanted to eat in a restaurant. If you go searching you will discover hidden hole in the walls, or street food, offering amazing food for around $3 – $8 Belize ($1.50 – $4.) Think tacos, ceviche, burritos, pupusas and the famous fry jacks.
I haven’t been to a place on my travels quite like San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. It’s busy, quiet, friendly, welcoming, fun, laid back and beautiful all rolled into one.
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