Ambergris Caye Belize update
Nicest surprise was Capricorn, north of the bridge but before Captain Morgans. New owners have done in 4 years what 2 previous owners couldn't do in 10. Colossal stone crabs daily from Caye Caulker, almost more than one can eat. I had them twice, with an excellent salad. Well trained staff and fine service. She will arrange a water taxi pick up in San Pedro at 6:00 for those without a golf cart, and bring you back about 8:30.
A fun find was Ras Safari, a tiki bar at the far southern end beyond the electrical grid. Rasto George has great jerk chicken, cold Belikins, comfy hammocks, a colorful wardrobe, and gets an interesting mix during the day. He will grill a fish if you bring it. So much fun we went twice.
Fido gets my nod for best conch fritters in town.
I had the conch trifecta at Carambas one night, fritters, fried fingers, and a huge portion of conch in butter and garlic. (too much butter). Others with me praised the grouper in a Caribbean sauce.
As for Elvie's Kitchen, why have a buffet with no fish on Ambergris? Gong. Didn't stay.
BC's does a Sunday barbecue at 1:00, get your order in by 10 or 11. Lots of locals and good gossip. The chicken was a bit tough, but the meal was 6 bucks.
Lobster season ended Mar. 1, so no lobster burrito's at Warugumas. Some say the pulled pork burrito is excellent; we didn't have the opportunity.
Blue Water at the Sunbreeze did the best grouper, but the 'steamed japanese style' description on the menu threw me off a bit. Excellent snapper preparation, and their coconut shrimp appetizer is a work of art.
Victoria House is as elegant as ever. I am amazed how well the grounds are maintained after the storms of the past decade. Superior food and service. Expensive, yes, and worth it.
Just returned and thought I'd do an update. We had a superb dinner at Red Ginger at the Phoenix Resort (a sister restaurant to Blue Water Grill). I can also heartily recommend Wild Mangoes, Rico's at Banyan Bay, the restaurant at Victoria House (such lovely decor, I adored the monkey light fixtures). Blue Iguana is quite fun too and we also enjoyed Celi's on the beach.
In Caye Caulker I had surprisingly good fish and chips at Sobre Las Olas, they use red snapper and as an added plus they had some Chilean concha y toro chardonnay.
One thing that was insane about Ambergris Caye was the retail price for wine - horrible old Andre champagne was $18 a bottle!