“Dedicated Follower of Fashion” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Don’t know about you but I was a keen follower of fashion, one might even say a dedicated follower of fashion, in my teens, twenties and, if I’m honest, my early thirties.

I cannot recall exactly what brought about the change from slavishly following fashion to buying “classic” styled clothing. It may have been that I realised that a thirty something wearing clothes better suited to a teenager or twenty something was starting to look a bit silly. No matter how you try you can’t hold the clock back!

Or it might have been that I realised that I was just wasting money. You buy what’s in fashion (normally at exorbitant prices) and then two weeks later the item of clothing looked naff (for non UK readers please substitute “naff” with “unfashionable” or “unsophisticated”).

Whatever the reason was I stopped buying in quantity and turned to quality (this is not an opportunity for erstwhile colleagues in England to chip in) and if I followed fashion at all it was only to know what was ” the new black.”

So what’s all of this stuff about fashion got to do with San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize?

When Rose and I first came to Belize around sixteen years ago Barrier Reef Drive (front street) was the place to go if you wanted to find gift/T shirt shops and realtors ( estate agents for UK readers). Nothing much has changed in all those years. The name above one or two doors may be different but it is still the street to go to if you are looking to buy gifts or property.

Pescador Drive ( middle street) was where you found the eateries. And you still do:










But are things about to change?

In recent months there has been a plethora of openings of eateries at the southern end of Angel Coral Street (back street). All of them serving local cuisine at very reasonable prices.




And only a short distance down the street you can stop in at Briana’s Deli.


Is Angel Coral Street about to become the “new black” or will it be Boca Del Rio where a new eatery appears to be opening with a blink of the eye?

The headline is based on the single released in 1966 by The Kinks which reached number four in the UK Singles Chart and number thirty-six in the US Billboard Hot 100.


  1. kristina nadreau says:

    white tees and 501 levis since I was 8 years old

    1. Not the same ones Kristina?

  2. Harry the Hornet says:

    Bit sensitive today aren’t you? Not necessary to have two replies to my one……and both of them have a spelling mistake!

    1. I’m a sensitive soul every day. Don’t you remember. Mistakes corrected. Thank you.

  3. Guy says:

    Discussing fashion trends REALLY JOHN??? Must be REALLY really slow in San Pedro. How’s gunner doing and Ziggy? What is Rose doing? Fashion for Ambergris is T-shirts and cutoffs. Whom are you kidding? How’s the garden doing, did all the trees take to being relocated and replanted. See loads of stuff to tell us. Really John are you hungover? Tell us about a trip out to the reef and fishing or a trip to Bluehole. Anything but fashion.

    1. It’s always slow on Ambergris Caye Guy.
      The fashion link was a fairly naff way of drawing attention to the growth of Angel Coral Street as far as eateries are concerned.
      Point noted re the plants. I’ll give an update soon.

  4. Harry the Hornet says:

    “Classic styled clothing”. Are you having a laugh? You may fool your new readers but older friends who can remember what you used to wear will believe you’ve been out in the sun too much!

    1. Harry, you obviously paid no attention whatsoever to the fourth paragraph. And I remember some of your check shirt and striped tie combos!

    2. I’ve not been out in the sun so much that I don’t still have the occasional nightmare recalling some of your tie and shirt pairings!

  5. robert Vernon says:

    How much rice ,chicken and beans can a guy eat? Might be cheap , but doesnt look to inviting John. Great chicken curries are the rage down here not a burger joint in site !!!!

    1. This place was made for me. I love chicken, rice and beans. Burgers I tend only to ‘go for’ when we are out of the country.

  6. Paul Cloutier says:

    My fashion statement when not wearing a suit and tie was t shirt and jeans. not complicated !

    1. Hi Paul. I got interested during the time of mods and rockers (I was a mod!). And, of course, went for the Beatle jacket. And then the flared trousers and matching shirt and tie. Cringe!

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