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Romantic Guide to San Pedro

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While the island of Ambergris Caye is one of the more popular tourist destinations in Belize, it doesn't mean you need to forgo plans for romance if you choose to vacation here. Many couples choose San Pedro for their destination wedding or even a vow renewal on the beach. Whether you choose to book at one of the island's high-end luxury resorts, or opt to add romantic touches like a nice dinner or couples' spa treatment, San Pedro will provide an unforgettable romantic holiday.

Good for
  • Couples
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller

18 Places

4 City Tips

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18 Places

Astrum Helicopters

Helicopter Tours

12 Belize

Gift & Speciality Shops

Caye Coffee Roasting Co., Ltd.

Factory Outlets, Coffee & Tea Tours, Other Food & Drink

Belize Chocolate Company

Gift & Speciality Shops

Ocean Essence Day Spa

Spas

Belizean Melody Art Gallery

Art Galleries

The Great Blue Hole at Lighthouse Reef

Caverns & Caves, Geologic Formations, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Reefs

El Gato Tours Day Tours

Boat Tours

SEAduced by Belize

Sightseeing Tours

Rain Restaurant & Rooftop Terrace

Restaurants

Rojo Beach Bar

Restaurants

Casa Picasso

Restaurants

Hidden Treasure Restaurant

Restaurants

Caprice Bar.Grill

Restaurants

Red Ginger

Restaurants

Wine de Vine

Restaurants

Ak'bol Yoga Retreat & Eco-Resort

Hotels

erindesantiago's City Tips

  • Tipping is customary, with 10% being the typical minimum amount.
  • Most prices for goods and services are in BZ dollars, but some resorts use US dollars so be sure to inquire ahead of time.
  • Slow season corresponds with hurricane season, and while some businesses may close, it's one way to avoid even more crowds.
  • If you plan to use US Dollars, ensure they are absolutely pristine. Due to some recent changing in banking rules, businesses can't accept torn, wrinkled, and tattered US bills.
  • Astrum Helicopters
    Helicopter Tours
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    erindesantiago Says:

    What better way to start your romantic vacation than to fly to San Pedro in a private helicopter? Astrum Helicopters can customize private charters to get you from Belize's mainland in style. Another option is to book a helicopter tour of Ambergris Caye itself. You'll fly along Belize's Barrier Reef system for approximately 25 miles, and see a bit of Mexico at the northern tip of the island.

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Certain resorts like Azul, Victoria House, Matachica, or Cayo Espanto, Astrum can drop you directly off at your resort if you book transfer service.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 83 Tours in Belize City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Flight to Turneffe 02/11/2018
    • Simply the best! 23/10/2018
    • Astrum Helicopters
    Address:
    Mile 3.5 Western Highway
    Belize City
    Belize
    Phone:
    +501 222-5100
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Sat
    8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • 12 Belize
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    erindesantiago Says:

    Prior to arriving in Belize, you should contact the owner, Lara, at 12 Belize to purchase a customized "Romance" gift basket. Lara is a longtime resident of San Pedro and one of Belize's best romantic travel gurus. She carries, and can source, a wide variety of locally made Belizean products -- everything from bath essentials to cooking ingredients for a romantic night in.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Lara is one of the best professionals on the island when it comes to planning weddings and vow renewals.
    • After you've ordered your initial romance package, be sure to visit her shop while in town to find unique Belizean handcrafted souvenirs to bring home.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 17 Shopping in San Pedro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic handmade goods 05/11/2018
    • Great shop! 25/10/2018
    • 12 Belize
    Address:
    Tarpon Street
    Vilma Linda Plaza
    San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
    Belize
    Phone:
    +501 670-5272
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Caye Coffee Roasting Co., Ltd.
    Factory Outlets, Coffee & Tea Tours, Other Food & Drink
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    erindesantiago Says:

    Made with beans from Guatemala, Caye Coffee is roasted right on Ambergris Caye. Front Street is a more mild, breakfast style blend while Back Street is my favorite and guaranteed to kick start your day. Middle Street is a blend of both and a great option for those who can't choose.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Schedule a visit to go check out Caye Coffee Roasting Company if you have time on your holiday. The owners love showing off their awesome beans.
    • Be sure to buy extra to take home (whole bean keeps longer), but if you forget, Caye Coffee is now available in the airport stores, and you can even order online when you get home.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 2 Food & Drink in San Pedro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Delicious coffee 12/11/2018
    • Local Made Coffee 25/10/2018
    • Caye Coffee Roasting Co., Ltd.
    Address:
    Sailfish Street
    San Pablo area
    San Pedro, Ambergris Caye 99999
    Belize
    Phone:
    +501 653-4806
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Sat
    8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Belize Chocolate Company
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    erindesantiago Says:

    Romance and chocolate go hand and hand, so don't skip visiting the Belize Chocolate Company on Front Street in town. Enjoy a variety of Belizean chocolates, baked goods, and, one of my favorites -- chocolate coffee. Be sure to check out the variety of local chocolate-themed products available as well.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Sit outside and enjoy your coffee and sweets while overlooking the water.
    • If you plan to purchase chocolate to take back to your room, be sure it's your last stop as the heat and humidity might leave you with a melted mess.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 17 Shopping in San Pedro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best chocolate anywhere? 18/11/2018
    • OMG! 18/11/2018
    • Belize Chocolate Company
    Address:
    Barrier Reef Drive
    San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
    Belize
    Phone:
    +501 226-3015
    Other:
  • Ocean Essence Day Spa
    Spas
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    erindesantiago Says:

    A couples massage should be on the itinerary for a romantic holiday in San Pedro. And, while many resorts feature spas and massage services, it's hard to argue against scheduling one that is is right over the water. Ocean Essence Day Spa is located on a pier, offering picturesque couples massages over the Caribbean Sea.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Ocean Essence Day Spa is conveniently located in town, next to Xanadu Resort.
    • Be sure to inquire about the Couples Moonlight and Stars Massage, available by appointment only.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 19 Spas & Wellness in San Pedro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great massage! 28/10/2018
    • Wonderful Massage 03/09/2018
    • Ocean Essence Day Spa
    Address:
    Coconut drive
    Carribean villas hotel on the dock over the water
    San Pedro, Ambergris Caye 109
    Belize
    Phone:
    +501 604-0766
    Other:
  • Belizean Melody Art Gallery
    Art Galleries
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    erindesantiago Says:

    You might be wondering what an art gallery has to do with romance, but Melody offers painting classes that can be customized for a private lesson for two. This is a great couples' activity, and certainly a wonderful, and unique, souvenir that always remind you of your romantic vacation to Belize.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Couples
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Contact Melody as far in advance as possible to ensure she doesn't have a regular class scheduled or already booked for the day.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 9 things to do in San Pedro
    • Awesome 27/09/2018
    • Adorable gallery of local artists! 05/07/2018
    • Belizean Melody Art Gallery
    Address:
    Barrier Reef Drive
    San Pedro, Ambergris Caye 1111111
    Belize
    Phone:
    +501 631-7481
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • The Great Blue Hole at Lighthouse Reef
    Caverns & Caves, Geologic Formations, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    erindesantiago Says:

    While scuba diving the Great Blue Hole is one of the most popular activities in Belize, the most romantic way to see it is from high above. San Pedro-based Tropic Air offers private charters over the Blue Hole that will easily rank as one of your most cherished travel moments in Belize.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Charters can be scheduled for various times, though Tropic Air recommends you go between 10am and 2pm for the best views.
    • Prices vary based on size of aircraft reserved.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Lighthouse Reef Atoll
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Snorkeling the Blue Hole 21/09/2018
    • A gem on the crown of Lighthouse Reef 19/08/2018
    • The Great Blue Hole at Lighthouse Reef
  • Hol Chan Marine Reserve
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Reefs
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    erindesantiago Says:

    Snorkeling Hol Chan Marine Reserve is one of the most popular activities in San Pedro, which means a trip can be anything but romantic. Consider booking a private boat so you can enjoy a more relaxed pace. You can customize your own tour so you hit other snorkel spots as well and finish off with a BBQ on the beach.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Inquire with your guide into options to go at a different time than the regular tours to avoid battling other tour groups at the reef.
    • Be sure to bring cash on the boat for the park fee -- verify at time of booking what the current fee is.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in San Pedro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • I expected more, disappointed in the crowds 20/11/2018
    • Best Snorkel Tour I've Been On 19/11/2018
    • Hol Chan Marine Reserve
    Phone:
    +501 634-6731
    Other:
  • El Gato Tours Day Tours
    Boat Tours
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    erindesantiago Says:

    San Pedro has its share of gorgeous sunsets, and the best spot to see them is from the water. Consider booking a private catamaran charter to experience one of the island's best views as the sun goes down. You can do a daytime tour as well if you prefer to spend a romantic day on the water. Private snorkeling and beach BBQ are options.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you want to include a beach BBQ, advance notice and additional fee is required.
    • If you're visiting Hol Chan, be sure to bring cash for park fee -- verify current price at time of booking.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in San Pedro
    • Great day on the water! 02/01/2017
    • Sailing, Snorkeling and BBQ 05/07/2015
    Phone:
    +501 226-2264
  • SEAduced by Belize
    Sightseeing Tours
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    erindesantiago Says:

    If chartering a private catamaran for a sunset sail is out of your budget, look at one of SEAduced sunset tours. The leisurely cruise heads south near Hol Chan Marine Reserve where you will be treated to one of Belize's signature sunsets.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Tours leave at 5:15pm and get back around 7:30. Prices include beer, soda, rum punch, water, and snacks.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 79 Tours in San Pedro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not What We Paid For... 20/11/2018
    • Catamaran Sail and Snorkel 09/09/2018
    • SEAduced by Belize
    Address:
    Tarpon St
    San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
    Belize
    Phone:
    +501 226-2254
    Other:
  • Rain Restaurant & Rooftop Terrace
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Fusion)
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    erindesantiago Says:

    If you prefer to catch the sunset while still on the island, head north of the bridge to Rain Restaurant and Rooftop Terrace at Grand Caribe. The terrace offers great views of the lagoon side of the island, so you'll have a front row seat for the sunset.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Ask about drink specials, especially those made with local Belizean liquors.
    • Stay for dinner after the sunset -- Rain offers a good selection of international and Belizean-inspired dishes.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 181 restaurants in Ambergris Caye
    • Good breakfasts but pricey 15/11/2018
    • Giovanni Salgado at Rain 14/11/2018
    • Rain Restaurant & Rooftop Terrace
    Address:
    2 Miles North
    San Pedro, Ambergris Caye 00501
    Belize
    Phone:
    +501 226-4000
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$30
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Rojo Beach Bar
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Bar, Seafood)
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    erindesantiago Says:

    Head far north on Ambergris Caye to enjoy a romantic afternoon and lunch at Rojo Beach Bar. Order a specialty cocktail and head off to relax in the pool, overlooking the Caribbean Sea and Belize Barrier Reef. Don't expect typical beach bar food here as Rojo's menu is more upscale, and includes a number of Asian-inspired dishes.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Azul private villa is under same ownership as Rojo Beach Bar, which can be rented for a romantic getaway as well.
    • It's possible to drive a golf cart to Rojo, but during rainy season, you're better off taking the water taxi (Coastal Express).
    • Don't miss the lobster pizza when available (no lobster mid-February to mid-June).
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 181 restaurants in Ambergris Caye
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good Change if Pace 11/08/2018
    • Favorite place on the island 29/07/2018
    • Rojo Beach Bar
    Address:
    North Beach
    San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
    Belize
    Phone:
    +501 226-4012
    Price range:
    US$19 - US$39
    Other:
  • Casa Picasso
    Restaurants (International, Central American, Fusion)
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    erindesantiago Says:

    Casa Picasso is one of my top picks for a romantic night out in San Pedro. Owners Adam and Jacqueline offer a globally-inspired menu utilizing quality ingredients while showcasing local specialties. The menu features a wide selection of tapas and entrees that will make it hard to choose -- every dinner I've had has been nothing short of spectacular. Look for special events and weekly wine pairing dinners, which are my favorite times to visit.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Reservations are essential for Casa Picasso, especially on the weekend. Note: they are closed Sunday and Monday.
    • Casa Picasso offers complimentary taxi pick up and drop off for guests who aren't renting a golf cart.
    • Arrive early and hang out at the bar with Nicolai, Casa Picasso's bartender. Choose one of his signature martinis or let him create something special for you.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 181 restaurants in Ambergris Caye
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Repeat Customer 14/10/2018
    • Perfect Romantic Dinner 09/09/2018
    • Casa Picasso
    Address:
    15 Stingray Street
    San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
    Belize
    Phone:
    +501 226-4443
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$30
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Hidden Treasure Restaurant
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Seafood, Central American)
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    erindesantiago Says:

    Family-owned Hidden Treasure Restaurant is another one of San Pedro's nicer dining spots for a romantic night out. Choose from a variety of Latin- and Caribbean-inspired creations -- my personal favorite is the almond-crusted grouper. Be sure to save room for dessert as you won't want to miss some of Hidden Treasure's homemade desserts!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Hidden Treasure Restaurant is closed on Tuesdays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 181 restaurants in Ambergris Caye
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hidden Treasure is right! 20/11/2018
    • Great outdoor dining! 16/11/2018
    • Hidden Treasure Restaurant
    Address:
    2715 Flamboyant Drive
    Escalante Area South of San Pedro Town
    San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
    Belize
    Phone:
    +501 226-4111
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$40
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Caprice Bar.Grill
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Central American, Latin, Seafood, Spanish)
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    erindesantiago Says:

    Located inside the Holiday Hotel, Caprice Bar.Grill serves a number of traditional Belizean specialties with a twist. Upscale cuisine in a casual and comfortable beachfront location makes Caprice Bar.Grill and ideal option for a romantic evening. Be sure to see Leonel at the bar and order one of his specialty seasonal cocktails.

    Good for
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Caprice Bar.Grill is open for lunch as well.
    • Order a dragonfruit margarita when in season -- one of the best I've ever had!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 181 restaurants in Ambergris Caye
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The worst tasting bacon roll. 07/11/2018
    • Review of bar and restaurant only 22/10/2018
    • Caprice Bar.Grill
    Address:
    Barrier Reef Drive
    At Holiday Hotel
    San Pedro, Ambergris Caye 00000
    Belize
    Phone:
    +501 226-2014
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$32
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Red Ginger
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Seafood, Central American)
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    erindesantiago Says:

    The Phoenix Resort's on-site Red Ginger restaurant is great for a nice romantic Sunday brunch, or to enjoy tapas and live music on Wednesday nights. Be sure to check out the brand new bar upstairs from Red Ginger. Open in the evenings, this is a great new spot to relax and enjoy a glass of wine or dinner under the stars.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    Tips
    • 50% off wine on Monday and 50% off martinis on Saturday.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 181 restaurants in Ambergris Caye
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Red Ginger Fresh Grilled Lobster Tail Salad 15/11/2018
    • Great dining 17/10/2018
    • Red Ginger
    Address:
    The Phoenix Resort
    Pescador Drive
    San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
    Belize
    Phone:
    +501 226-4623
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$25
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Wine de Vine
    Restaurants (Wine Bar, International, Deli)
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    erindesantiago Says:

    No matter where you're staying, a trip to Wine de Vine will help add a romantic vibe. Choose a standard meat and cheese platter, or peruse the available offerings and make your own. Wine de Vine's stock rotates based on availability, but you'll typically find a nice selection of meats, cheeses, and pates. Wines are a nice mix of Old World and New World wines with many notable regions and wineries represented.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    Tips
    • It's no secret that wines in Belize are not cheap, so if budget is a concern, check the sales and closeout specials -- there are some great deals to be found.
    • Wine de Vine closes early in the evenings (except for Tuesday and Friday) so go early.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #64 of 181 restaurants in Ambergris Caye
    • Delightful! 29/10/2018
    • Wine and Cheese 09/09/2018
    • Wine de Vine
    Address:
    Coconut Drive
    San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
    Belize
    Phone:
    +501 226-3430
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$40
    Other:
  • Ak'bol Yoga Retreat & Eco-Resort
    Hotels
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    erindesantiago Says:

    If your idea of a romantic vacation includes yoga in a beautiful setting, you won't want to miss Ak'bol Yoga Retreat and Eco-Resort. Yoga sessions take place under the scenic palapa on the pier overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Ak'bol has a great restaurant on the beach that serves breakfast all day long as well. Try the pancakes or a fresh made smoothie.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 37 Accommodation in San Pedro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A rare eco island getaway 19/11/2018
    • Went from super excited to blown away shocked by lack of customer service 12/11/2018
    • Ak'bol Yoga Retreat & Eco-Resort
    Address:
    One mile North of the Bridge
    San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
    Belize
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