This week we are coming to you live and IN COLOR from Beautiful Ambergris Caye,
Most people come to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye for the temperate climate, and to snorkel, dive, and fish around the Meso-American Reef. This Barrier Reef is the second largest in the world, and the largest reef in the Western Hemisphere.
Here at Ambergris Caye, the reef, which teems with diverse ocean life, runs just half a mile off shore. (even closer in some places). In the photo above, you can just see it – it is the white line running parallel to and just below the horizon line.
While other travelers are parasailing, hobie catting, and bar-hopping, Bruce and I like to go grocery shopping. 🙂
Today, we went to see The Fish Guy. Why not just go to the market? Funny thing about many Caribbean Fishing Towns we have been to – there is no “Fish Store”. There isn’t even a non-fish store that sells fish. Like, you can’t just go to the store, and get fish. In a Fishing Town. Crazy, huh?
You can drive to the back side docks of the island at 8 am and usually snag some snapper fillets, but to get variety?
It took us literally four years of visiting this island to find out where “The Fish Guy in San Pedrito” is.
It is a shack next to a humble house, way off the tourist areas, down a rutted, unpaved road.
If you didn’t know where it was, you would never, ever find it.
I will tell you this, though – the man has gorgeous fish.
Usually the fish is fresh frozen, but sometimes, including today – the stuff had just come in off the boats.
Bonus – he had everything we were looking for!
Our Main Goal was Caribbean Spiny Lobster. Mmm! In Belize, Lobster is only available for half of the year, leaving the rest of the year for the population to recover and grow. Each June when “Lobster Season” opens , there is a big three day celebration in both San Pedro and her sister island, Caye Caulker, Belize. Today, the Lobster was SUPER FRESH, just off the boat!
Next on our list was Grouper. When Belizean Grouper is fresh, it is sweet and light and not at all fishy. At home, I rarely enjoy eating fish. Bleh, Down here… OMG, it is AH-MAZING! And again, luckily for us, look what also just came in off the boat – Fresh Caught Grouper! Yes!
Last, but not least – November is also CONCH Season! Same deal, Conch is only available half the year, to protect from over fishing. There is no big celebration when the season opens like with Lobster, but I think there should be! Conch Fritters and Conch Ceviche are as common favorites here as chicken fingers & fries are back home. We love them both! Luckily, guess what also had just come in on the boat?
We considered today a big success, and can’t wait to work with the perfect, fresh seafood we scored. Thanks for tagging along with us today, in Beautiful San Pedro, Belize!
Cheers, and Happy Eating!