What’s there to do?
Of course, everything necessary for a great vacation or dive adventure is on–site at Ramon’s Village Resort. But, if you’re the adventuresome type, you may want to rent one of our “green golf carts” and explore San Pedro and Ambergris Caye at your own pace.
Because Ramon’s Village Resort is perfectly located in the village of San Pedro, you can drive in either direction to begin your sightseeing trip. If you head south, the road is real good for about 5 miles and it’s safe to drive. Although, there is a fair amount of traffic and a lot of foot traffic, so be careful.
Along the way, you’ll see local businesses operating out of the first floor in many of the locals’ homes.
When tourism began to flourish on Ambergris Caye, many San Pedranos elevated their homes and made room for income producing businesses. You’ll see shops selling a variety of things–souvenirs, t–shirts, woodcarvings and jewelry. Occasionally, an artist will display their wares along the side of the road. You’ll almost always find a good deal, but regardless of the price, you will find that some of the local artisans are really good. You'll pass many other hotels, but none with the Polynesian flare of Ramon's Village Resort.
If you head north from Ramon's Village Resort, you'll travel through the center of San Pedro. We suggest you stop at several of the quaint souvenir shops, bakeries, jewelry shops, cloth boutiques, art galleries and the like. If you like shopping, you'll realy enjoy Front Street.
San Pedro’s Front Street is lined with gift shops, boutiques and art galleries. Cafes with local and international cuisine are plentiful. One of the most famous restaurants in San Pedro is Elvi’s Kitchen. Here, locals and tourists sit side–by–side enjoying Ms. Elvi’s home cooking. If you get to meet Ms. Elvi, tell her Richard and Gina said, “hello.”
If you travel far enough south, you’ll come to the city lagoon. It’s a 30–acre lake that is home to some huge crocodiles. Around dusk, the crocs get very close to the shore. If a local or foolish tourist decides to feed them you will see a site that only those who have been to Africa have ever seen.
∗Note: It is against the law to feed the crocodiles, so don’t violate this law! Please!
Just past the Catholic Church in downtown San Pedro, you’ll dogleg to the left, go one block, then turn right and continue north on Middle Street to the Boca Del Rio Bridge. If you want to cross the bridge you can do so for a toll of 10.00 BZE ($5.00 USD), but our “green carts” aren’t able to go too much farther past the bridge. So, if you want to really explore, let us know before you leave Ramon’s and we’ll get a gasoline powered cart for you to use. The cost, however, is a little more expensive than our “green carts.”
The area of Ambergris Caye north of the Boca Del Rio Bridge is very primitive and mosquito populated in certain seasons, so take lots of bug spray. And be prepared for bad road conditions bumpy and dusty when it’s dry, muddy with large mud holes if it’s rained.
The farther north you go, the more development you’ll see going on. Who knows? You may see an opportunity to invest and become a part of the Belizean experience! (The owners of Ramon’s did and it’s been one of the highlights of their lives.)
After your tour of our island is complete, come back home to Ramon’s Village Resort, take a nap and rest up for supper at Pineapples restaurant. We promise it will be very, very gooooooooooood! On Tuesday night, don’t miss the Beach BBQ with live music! Delicious!
Of course, no one should come to Belize and not enjoy the wonders of the world’s second largest barrier reef and the beauty of the marine life that call it home. There are all sorts of diving and snorkeling adventures to take advantage of with the friendly, knowledgeable, all–Belizean professionals at Ramon’s Village Divers. For discounts, pre’book your dive and snorkel trips before you go!
One day you may want to go fishing. Whether you choose to fish beyond the reef for sailfish, marlin or wahoo or inside the flats for bonefish and jack, you’ll enjoy the experience.
If you don’t want to exert yourself, we can help you with that too! Maybe you just want to stick your toes in a bucket of warm water and let some island beauty care for them the island way–at our Beach Spa! That’s great, but your fingers will get jealous and they will want some pampering too! And of course, your hands, arms, back, shoulders and legs can’t be left out, now can they? So, ask our Ramon’s Village Beach Spa attendant to fix you up with the works–head to toe!
If you’re a bookworm, what better way to enjoy a day than savoring that favorite novel while relaxing beneath swaying coconut palms and being caressed by Caribbean breezes. If you need something else to read, go by the guest library, located adjacent to the front lobby, and browse through the variety of reading material donated by past guests. Feel free to make a donation to the ever–changing collection!
A favorite pastime of most guests of all ages is enjoying the coral sand beach as they soak up the Vitamin D and get tanned to a golden brown by Ol Sol himself.
If the activities above haven’t worn you out, let’s do some exercises at San Pedro’s hottest gym, The Train Station, or get a new “do” with an island flair at Ramon’s Village–braids! Yep, braids on Ambergris Caye look great on men and women. Still not enough, join in a game of basketball with the locals downtown or play soccer or swim and snorkel around the Ramon’s Village dock where you’ll find thousands of fish swimming around the submerged anchors and canon we recovered from an old Spanish galleon many years ago.
You could just lie back on our beach or in a hammock and do absolutely nothing. Remember, that’s really what you came for, now isn’t it?