10 favorite spots for food in Belize
From chocolate to stewed chicken, the food was AMAZING
Belize is a small and diverse country, with an abundance of delicious foods and memorable experiences. Here are my picks for the top 10 places to eat in Belize in this post. From beautiful coasts to breathtaking cayes, from lush rainforest mountains to farmland, Belize has it all! Belize is bordered by Guatemala and Mexico, as well as the Caribbean ocean. The cuisine reflects the country’s African, Caribbean, Latin American and indigenous Mayan influences. There is so much to enjoy. Here’s a starting point for your next Belize adventure!
Ambergris Caye/SAn pedro
One of Belize’s most popular cayes, this paradise island is an hour and a half ferry ride from Belize City, or a short flight. Surrounded by clear shallow waters, and full of delicious food, it’s a great place to spend a few days!
Mahogany Bay Resort Beach Club
Mahogany Bay resort is more like a boutique hotel or small village with the amenities and comfort of a resort. I highly recommend staying here! Beautiful waterfront units are within walking or biking distance of small coffee shops and restaurants. Rum & Bean on the resort property is absolutely perfect for your morning coffee or fresh green juice. The house made ginger ale is refreshing as well with house made ginger syrup, lime and soda water. Taco Shack, also on site, makes fry jack with scrambled eggs, beans and salsa that is perfect if you wake up hungry! Shaken, a bar and grill by the pool, make great cocktails and dishes with produce front heir on site garden!
If you head to the beach club for the day (and why wouldn’t you?) grab lunch at the bar. The shrimp tacos with fresh roasted tomato are divine and the ceviche is not to be missed. The drinks are superb – my favorites were the hibiscus margarita and the pina colada.
This casual eatery in the heart of San Pedro offers traditional Belizean fare cooked the old school way – over a fire! All of the meats except the seafood are cooked every day in the original hearth. This restaurant has been in the family for 17 years! The fish balls in a mango tamarind sauce were a delicious appetizer while the coconut curry lobster with rice and beans was absolutely divine.
La Divina Providencia
This eatery/grocery store is a favorite spot for locals! You MUST try the pupusas which are made by hand to order over a hot griddle. During lobster season, the lobster mac n cheese is the ultimate comfort food, while the mixto, featuring pork, beans and cheese is a great go to. Vegetarians will love the chaya and cheese! Don’t forget a local hot sauce – and you can pick up a bottle on your way out from their small store.
The Cayo district of Belize is inland and made up of farmland and lush jungle. The food is diverse reflecting the varied cultural influences such as Mayan, Hispanic, Mennonite, Garifuna and Caribbean.
Lamanai Chocolate Company – Armenia
This surprise bathroom stop became one of our favorite places in Belize. At Lamanai they make all things chocolate, and have a beautiful set up to show you all of the steps in making chocolate from cacao. Try real cacao fruit from the pod, then enjoy the nibs that are roasted with cane sugar and various spices. A great snack! They also roast coffee and you can get delicious lattes and smoothies. Feeling adventurous? Try a wine with a shot of espresso! I left with several chocolate bars (they are softer, made with hand ground cacao and honey, so transport them carefully in the heat if you open them). Oh, and there are bathrooms there.
Benny’s Kitchen – San Jose Succotz
After a day at Xunan Tinich ruins, our driver took us to this delicious local spot for food. The dishes here reflect the Mayan heritage of the area and proximity to Guatemala. Don’t miss the pibil, a slow cooked pork in homemade corn tortillas. More adventurous folks will like the cow hoof soup, with a delicious light broth and pieces of gelatinous cow hoof. The fresh soursop (guanabana) juice is not to be missed.
Amigo’s Family Diner – Belmopan
On the road to Spanish Lookout this popular stop has an open air dining room and very traditional Belizean dishes as well as options like burgers and fries. The stewed chicken (Belize’s national dish) was tender and delicious, while the whole fried snapper was cooked to perfection – crispy on the outside and flaky and moist on the inside. The view of the mountains in the distance adds to the great experience!
Hopkins is a coastal Garifuna village that sits south of Belize City and is home to the Garifuna, who are the descendants of a shipwrecked slave ship. They are Afro-indigenous people originally from the Caribbean island of St Vincent. The Garifuna have maintained many of their African traditions and speak their own language, Garinagu. Hopkins is a very fun beach community with a laid back vibe, this is a great place to experience coastal Belize and enjoy delicious Caribbean and Garifuna food.
Jaguar Reef Lodge is another boutique-like resort that surprised me. A feeling of comfortable, down to earth luxury where you are treated like family and get to know the staff and crew. It sits along the beach and has an overwater ceviche bar that is like a treehouse above the ocean. The Dock bar is a great place to catch the breeze, enjoy a cocktail and a delicious bite of ceviche or chill in the pool and enjoy a drink from the swim up bar. If you want something a bit fancier, head into the resort’s restaurant and enjoy a fabulous Belizean meal from Chef . The Fish stew was an absolute must! Also, the lodge is just a short bike ride from town making it a great place to stay and still easily explore local spots. Bonus – they have bikes you can use free of charge!
T & C’s Kitchen
We found this great spot on the main road through Hopkins by looking for a place locals went. The fry bread and breakfast burrito are a must! Fried dough, topped with scrambled eggs, the most delicious beans, and cheese. The burrito is similarly stuffed with scrambled eggs, meats, cheese and don’t forget to ask for the house made hot sauce! You won’t be alone if you wash it all down with a cold beer.
Ellas Cool Spot
Ella is the kindest woman and also makes the BEST jerk. She opened this spot a few years back and it’s super popular – reservations are recommended for weekend evenings when there is Garifuna drumming. It sits along the beach so you can catch the breeze as you wait for your meal. I recommend anything jerked – the catch of the day, the chicken especially. It comes with a side of plantains, rice and beans and a fresh salad.
Pizza in the Caribbean? Yes, please, especially when it is served with a side of the ocean and traditional Garifuna drumming. The honey crusted pizza with pineapple, bacon and smoky bbq sauce is absolutely amazing, and the vegetarian pizza with a white sauce, squash and mozzarella. The WINGS are out of this world! Habanero BBQ has a nice kick and the surprise was the hot honey mustard with such a great tang and nice kick on real wings.