Stuff that is almost ready and stuff that isn’t in San Pedro, Belize

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In a way, this is a project nearing completion. The sailboat has been moored out in front of our place for months and the owner, who works nearby, spends hours lovingly restoring the interior and doing all the things that boat owners do on their time off. It never gets sailed, but it looks really really good.

Progress has a speed all its own on Ambergris Caye. Sometimes you can watch for years as projects go up around you. Slowly. Very slowly.

Resorts and condo projects for example.

Some have been in the building stage since long before we got here and look like they will still be in the building stage long after we are gone. In between, they may experience a bankruptcy or two, experience a resurrection by the hand of a financial angel, all sorts of curious financial intrigues. And hardly a wall gets poured as rebar returns to rust.

Then there are things that actually look like they are getting done. Small things, in the current scale of island projects.

Here’s an easy one: The Central Park Christmas Tree.

After so many years, putting up the public square Christmas tree is a smooth operation. This weekend, I imagine it will be lit — and fit right in with our curiously cool weather. In the 70’s no less!



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This is the island’s first full-scale produce stand north of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge.

Since they have been painting this long-stalled project a bright red this week, I only have to assume that it will be opening soon. Plus somebody associated with the project said as much…..

I understand that inside will be the island’s first smoothie stand north of the bridge as well.

Life north of the bridge just gets better all the time.


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Speaking of “North of the bridge,” the swimming pool at the very popular Truck Stop opens this weekend.

If you haven’t been to the Truck Stop lately, drop by and check out the changes. They include a lot of flavorful menu tweaks, courtesy of Chef Benny, formerly of Casa Picasso. Also, alongside the pool, the owners have added tiered decking that works terrifically well with the larger lagoon-side movie screen. No more blocked views of movies!

The pool is of extremely cool design and will be open to float in and enjoy the swim-up bar during movies, too.

Here’s the Truck Stop’s two-year anniversary/pool opening announcement for Sunday:


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And finally, this is a quick peek at the new food court under construction in downtown San Pedro, on Front Street. There will be five food shops in there, including, I believe, an ice cream stand.
I am told it is very very close to opening.
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Let’s see, what else do I have on my camera that I can unload in this blog post?
I know! A nice bird shot,  taken just north of the bridge, of course:
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And just south of San Pedro Town, right next door to the new Grand Bayman project, there is this steel behemoth rising. Everyone I know assumed it was part of the Bayman’s ambitious project planned for Exotic Caye Beach Resort property, but it isn’t. What it will be, I don’t know, except probably the wave of the future for big-ticket construction projects.
I’d file this one under, the “Gonna take a while” file:
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This isn’t a project (below) but a fun past time on the island: Watching out for traffic mishaps on our one little bridge.
Earlier this week, a utility truck and a golf cart tried to cross the bridge at the same time. Nobody won this showdown. Traffic backed up on both sides as a bunch of guys tried to untangle the two.
People half-jokingly say the bets are in on when a dump truck filled with rock will collapse the bridge. I hope it doesn’t happen. But this bridge was never imagined for the heavy traffic load it bears up under today.
The big trucks lay on the horn as they approach the bridge — you can’t see traffic on the other side — and hope for the best as they climb up the road. Most gold carts will back down if caught in a standoff. Might makes right in traffic, and all.
Not this time:
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And finally, because it is my blog and I can, a couple of shots of the neverending project we call Moppit. Because we really love her.
Last night I suddenly woke up coughing for no apparent reason. Just a cough. Moppit rushed into the bedroom and leaped up on my leg, as if she was making sure I was Ok. Which I was. Only when I stopped did she return to the couch in the living room. She cares, she really cares!
Moppit enjoying a Thanksgiving morning belly rub.


Moppit, stepping out for a walk.

3 thoughts on “Stuff that is almost ready and stuff that isn’t in San Pedro, Belize

    Kim said:
    November 24, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Darn, going to miss that pool part by 4 days…I know I am not the only one who got your Sally Field/Moppit reference. Nice.


    Jim Helms said:
    November 27, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    About 4 years ago we stayed at Ramon’s for a week with a group of friends. My wife and I are interested in returning to San Pedro, but for an extended stay (2-4 weeks).  Any recommendations for condos or extended stay options.  Would consider north of the bridge. Thanks,Jim H. 

    From: Bound for Belize To: Sent: Friday, November 24, 2017 12:05 PM Subject: [New post] Stuff that is almost ready and stuff that isn’t in San Pedro, Belize #yiv0751594621 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv0751594621 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv0751594621 a.yiv0751594621primaryactionlink:link, #yiv0751594621 a.yiv0751594621primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv0751594621 a.yiv0751594621primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv0751594621 a.yiv0751594621primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv0751594621 | robertjhawkins1 posted: “Progress has a speed all its own on Ambergris Caye. Sometimes you can watch for years as projects go up around you. Slowly. Very slowly.Resorts and condo projects for example.Some have been in the building stage since long before we got here a” | |


      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      November 28, 2017 at 6:24 am

      Hi Jim, glad to hear you are coming back. A lot has changed (and a lot hasn’t) in four years. Probably the biggest change is the concrete road north of the bridge which has opened up this area to so much development, including our first produce stand this week!
      I hesitate to make recommendations because there are so many variables — price range, preference for condo/home/hotel, on the water vs off the water, nearness to entertainment and shopping, etc.
      I would urge you to research some places and when you come up with a few prospects, shoot me an e-mail and I’ll give you an objective evaluation.
      Contact me at .
      Happy hunting.


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