Getting high on San Pedro

Posted on Updated on

A drone-eye view of San Pedro Town from this splendid little fly-by video.
A drone-eye view of San Pedro Town from this splendid little fly-by video. Blue building in the foreground is the Roman Catholic school. We live in the very white splotch at the top (north) end of the image.

On Friday morning I watched a little camera drone zipping in and around the lagoon and between buildings.

I’m used to watching birds fly by, fish leap from the water and boats skim across the lagoon.


Not your everyday experience here.

So, yeah, it creeped me out for a few moments.

And then of course I just had post a smarmy mention about it on Facebook. “… CIA drone … blah, blah, blah. ” (I don’t know why. It just seemed to be the thing to do.)

My cousin Scott responded with one better, way better: “Coming up on “We Found Robert Hawkins in Belize” on FNC, we follow Bob via the CIA/IRS/NSA/FNC/Century 21 Realty drone as he takes his morning bike ride to his favorite breakfast joint, then spends the rest of the day to ponder the question “What is that constant buzzing sound?” Stay thirsty my cousin, stay thirsty.”

But our friend Ruthie Rinehart came up with actual drone footage from San Pedro! It was a video shot by “ J Massey who used a DIJ Phantom Quad remote controlled copter” to capture our beautiful San Pedro from the air.

I have watched this video probably five times this morning, each time finding some as yet — to me — undiscovered corner of the town.

See the video here. posted it to their site on April 24 so it is pretty fresh stuff.




8 thoughts on “Getting high on San Pedro

    Jenny Bryan said:
    April 28, 2014 at 10:38 am

    That video is awesome!!! I watched it a couple of times and then shared it on FB! Thanks for your terrific blog!


      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      April 28, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks, Jenny. I keep coming back to the video and imagine San Pedro sequels, like controlling the drone from a boat off shore or shooting on the rarely seen lagoon side.
      Thanks for reading!


    lorenzo said:
    April 29, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    The video is awesome!


      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      April 29, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      Makes me want to buy one!


        lorenzo said:
        May 1, 2014 at 10:41 pm

        You should! I think they cost like $400 bucks.


        robertjhawkins1 responded:
        May 2, 2014 at 8:59 am

        Ha! Lorenzo, my Christmas list is complete!


    tygler said:
    August 14, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Robert- Are you aware of any issues of traveling with these drones to San Pedro? I am conisdering bringing one for my trip from the US but couldn’t find much info on the Belize policy of brining the drones on the plane.


      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      August 14, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Hi. Well, I honestly have no knowledge about the legality of bringing drones into the country but they certainly are becoming more common — recreationally and professionally. We have a neighbor who uses one in the area, from what I can see, strictly for fun. Numerous companies have brought drones in to film the islands and Belize attractions for commercial usage.
      You might start with which has posted video from aerial photographer Jason Lee of a company called Sky Pirate which is based in Pismo Beach, California.
      They had to bring in their drones for the shoot and might know the proper procedures.

      Hope this is helpful. I suspect you’ll be able to bring it. If so, I’d love to see it t work!
      Good luck, Bob


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s