Shopping in Belize and San Pedro

Visitors and locals delight in strolling around San Pedro Town and obtaining souvenirs for their friends and relatives back home. In San Pedro this can be a really rewarding experience and an adventure in itself.

Ambergris Caye is known for its wide variety of products, whether they are made in San Pedro, some other part of Belize, Mexico, Guatemala or anywhere else on the globe.

From the incredible variety of artwork at Belizean Arts in Fido's, to the classical beauty of the jewelry found in many locations, San Pedro Town offers a wealth of unusual and interesting Central American goods.

Take a walk down Front Street, the colorful and interesting stores are all a short walk away. No mall action around here, but quiet comfortable shops await you. Looking for these items and gifts is a fun experience and adventure in itself.

Ambergris Caye doesn't have a mall, but you won't miss it as we do a wide array of shops: from tiny vendors on the street to several gift shops, art galleries, clothing stores and Belizean lifestyle boutiques, like 12 Belize.

The gift shops mainly carry products made by local Belizeans, Mexicans, Guatemalan and imported items as well. You will also find an incredible variety of artwork, classic beautiful jewelry and much more as you stroll around La Isla Bonita. San Pedro Town gives everyone a wide selection of unusual and interesting Central American goodies. Among the items available for purchase in San Pedro are art, jewelry, wine and liquor, photography, clothing, edibles, furniture, wood or bamboo products, beauty and skin care products, a wide variety of foods, music, ceramics, paintings, travel guides, coins, Cuban cigars and other tobacco products, and much more.

Among the items available for purchase in San Pedro are art, jewelry, wines and liquors, photography, clothing, edibles, furniture and wood or bamboo products, beauty treatments, food of so many kinds, music, ceramics, paintings, travel guides, coins, Cuban cigars and other tobacco products, and oh so much more...

Locals and visitors have many reasons to stop at a vendor on the side of the street or to check out a nice gift shop and other stores or galleries. Whether to find a little memento for a relative or close friend or to take back something that represents our country's attractiveness, creativity and culture, shoppers are sure to find something to suit their tastes. Visitors shopping in San Pedro will also be treated to a bit of a cultural tour as they peruse the various representational arts of the many cultures from throughout the region.

On weekend evenings, the downtown is pedestrian only, making for a delightful evening stroll for shopping with no traffic whatsoever.

Below is a listing of the stores on the island who have an online presence. Take note of them, and look them up when you arrive onto the island. Don't leave without a few new sets of summer clothes!

Several thousands of visitors flock to our little island every year for a nice getaway, and always, theres the dreaded souvenir shopping day, a day reserved solely for buying little gift items for friends back home. To make matters more complicated, gone are the days when a simple Belize t-shirt would do. Now, everyone is a connoisseur of fine art and native artifacts. A t-shirt? Forget it!

Thus, visitors now find themselves reserving a special day for shopping. With the new rules of souvenir shopping, stores and gift shops have had to overhaul their products they offer, and as you will found out, the variety is amazing! From exotic hard woods, Belizean cookbooks, fanciful house accessories to Belizean sauces, rums and spices, the products available just boggle the mind!

The main road, locally known as “Front Street” is where you will find many of these shops. Front Street is more formally known as Barrier Reef Drive, which is what you'll see on the maps.

From the moment you start strolling down this street, it is obvious that there is no shortage of stores to choose from. Once within the actual stores, choosing products from the wide array available is perhaps the only hard work youll have to do. Everyones tastes are different, and for each discriminating consumer, there is something new.

There are several great shops on Middle St (Pescador Dr) and Back St (Almond St) as well as some of the other smaller side streets.

Other than the usual magnets, picture frames and yes, tshirts, one can find books, purses, clay figurines and food products. Several stores also offer fantastic personal finds that have nothing to do with souvenirs. Many people need to quickly pick up some new clothing items while waiting for their baggage to be flown over; there are stores that offer beautiful items to tide you over! So, follow us through our stroll around the various stores in San Pedro Town as we present to you our newest series, A San Pedro Shopping Experience. Remember, if all else fails, you could always just get a San Pedro T-Shirt!

Of special note is 12 Belize, “12” as it is locally known, sells only items and products made in Belize. It is a completely different collection of items and products found anywhere else. You will also feel great knowing you are supporting the dozen+ micro businesses from throughout Belize that go into the collection found only at 12.

If you're looking for help with your destination wedding, whether it be event planning and wedding design assistance or items for Guest Welcome Bags, 12 Belize is also the best place to go. They will help with all your wedding and event related needs.

And don't forget about the delicious food available at the booths of the street vendors. Click here for more information on the vendors, and especially the "Sweet Treats" of San Pedro.

Why not take home some of the fantastic Belizean spices to add some excitement and heat to your favorite dishes. Of course, no meal would be complete without our fiery Belizean hot sauces. Try the mild, hot or the extra hot. Take them home and share with your friends. These are found at Blu as well as other gift shops around town.

To find fantastic wood carvings, visit the Little Old Craft Shop, located right on Barrier Reef Drive. Visit them as well for great black coral jewelry.

There is a map of downtown at the bottom of this page to help you find your way around town.

Click here for information about the money and the banking system in Belize. Includes guides on monetary policies, exchange rates, the Central Bank of Belize, and more.


The Caribbean lifestyle is superbly shown by the local artists.

Belizean Arts - Belizean Art specializes in ethnic art from the Caribbean and beyond. Our gallery features an eclectic collection of original paintings, designer jewelry, masks, ceramics, carvings and much more.

Island Dog Art- Mike Gvara draws from the beach in San Pedro. An incredible variety of detailed drawings from our island paradise.

Amy Brown - Amy Brown creates ceramic sculpture and oils of tropical fish, flowers, sailing and diving.

Eden Art Paintings and Vases - Katrina Samuels offers up exotic art from the tropical paradise of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye in the beautiful country of Belize.

Orlando Garrido- Orlando Garrido's art will take you by the hand and present you personally to the vibrant indigenous culture of the Garifuna in Belize.

Pamela Braun - oil & water colors of Belize

The Gallery - We have the largest selection of Belizean Art in the country, with over 1500 Belize-made paintings,over 700 Belize-made Masks & Carvings. We also have the largest selection of the finest hammocks and blankets.

Kirt Cruz - The Painter - Kirt Jason Cruz is a 35 year old Belizean artist originally from San Ignacio Town, currently residing in San Pedro. Kirt does “street side art” in San Pedro Town, and his work has become quite the commodity. Locals and many tourists that visit the island and wish to take back home pieces of paradise often choose pieces by Kirt. Next time you’re in San Pedro Town, look out for Kirt and his amazing paintings.

Click here for more on the artists of Belize and San Pedro.

 Specialty Shop / Life Style Boutiques

12 Belize - a store where you will find only products and goodies made the country. “12” is store and museum altogether. You will be finding beautiful gifts and seeing talents from our Belizean folks all throughout Belize. With goods from over a dozen Belizean micro-businesses, 12 is proud of the beautiful, world class quality made here in un-Belize-able Belize, and is thrilled to be able to share all of it with the world. 12Belize is on Tarpon St.


D & G Fine Jewelry and Arts - Designs by Dimas Guerrero. Founded in 1976, D & G has been creating design in precious metals and stones, as well as rendering original local pieces made from black coral, a material native to Belize's nature and seas.

Amber - Beautiful jewelry in Fido's

Mambo Chill - A great store with clothing, jewelry, beautiful fabrics and designs.

 Wines and Liquors

Wine De Vine - Fine Wines & Imported Cheese on a lush tropical island! Visit the one and only gourmet wine & cheese shop in San Pedro, Belize. Gift baskets & deli platters. Imported olives oils & vinegars.

Rendezvous Estates - Rendezvous Restaurant and Winery produces their own brand of wines made right on the property. With five favorites you are sure to find one you'll enjoy. Many vintners from all over the world that have dinned at Rendezvous often take a case to go.


The beauty of the local scene is best portrayed by the amazing work of the local island photographers

Conch Creative - Maya Papovic and Colette Kase are Conch Creative. Maya is an award winning, internationally published photographer. Producing gorgeous, evocative and creative wedding images, she is known for her friendly and relaxed approach with couples, turning photography sessions into fun and informal experiences.

Olivera Rusu Photography Olivera Rusu Photography is a professional photography studio specializing in artistic wedding and engagement photography in San Pedro, Belize. Olivera provides professional photography services to clients in Belize, San Pedro, Caye Chapel, Belize City, Ambergis Caye, Belmopan, and San Ignacio.

Tech Transilvania - We provide video service on the island of Ambergis Caye. All videos are shot exclusively with 3 CCD Sony Digital Equipment. We cover weddings, parties and events. We also provide video editing, video conversion, and video transfer.


Caribe Creations- "From cloth to clothes in 24 hours!" - we MAKE every item of clothing here. Kool, klassy tie-it-on clothing made on a Caribbean island in Belize. Ambergris Caye is where we turn beautiful tropical prints into unique comfortable designs for the whole family and puppy too!

Rubi Moon - RubiMoon is beautiful Womens and Girls Clothing. I only bring to you what I wear and love myself. All the Girls clothing is approved by my wonderful daughters.


Richie's Supermarket - Shop for less! Your Belizean Family owned supermarket with a general grocery store, stationary department and a women's boutique.. Offering a wide selection of wines, local rums, imported liquors, whiskey, beers, fresh fruit and vegetables, frozen meats, dry goods, toiletries. Free delivery within San Pedro Town. We are located at the roundabout at the entrance to the San Juan area. Our fully air conditioned facilities house name brand merchandise bought directly from wholesalers in Miami. Locally made products are also prominently displayed throughout our store. Phone 226-4192.

Island Supermarket - Island Supermarket boasts of being the biggest Supermarket on the island of San Pedro. Also we have the biggest variety and best quality products in the country of BELIZE.. It is conveniently located on Coconut drive, 2 minutes driving south of the airport right in front of the COCA COLA distributor. We have the best and friendly service on the island. Call us give us your order and we will deliver your products at your place. Phone #s: 501-226-2972/3 Fax: 501-226-2984

Rojo Market - The just opened Rojo Market at Azul Belize features a variety of delicious packaged goods, baked goods, fresh breads, produce, ice cream, seafood, prepared salads, deli meats, hummus/menu items, wines, etc...  It is open from noon until 9:00 pm, Monday-Saturday. Everything perfect for a beach picnic, to bring on a dive tour or back to where you are staying. With items prepared fresh daily, customers can expect the same quality of the dinners served at Rojo Lounge. Phone #s: 501-226-2972/3 Fax: 501-226-2984

Mata Grande Grocery - We are the only grocery store north of the cut which is not affiliated with a resort. We strive to keep our prices low and happily service the needs of both locals and tourists. Our online shopping site offers a convenient way for tourists planning a trip to the island to shop and pre-order their groceries.

DandE's Frozen Custard & Sorbet- If you like ice cream, you will LOVE DandEs Frozen Custard! We also serve thick, delicious shakes and mouth watering sundaes and banana boats – tasty treats not to be missed while on Ambergris Caye.

Lagniappe Provisioning- delivering groceries, ready-to-serve gourmet meals, fine wines, beer, liquor and more just in time for your arrival. Your one stop grocery center!

Mata Grande Grocery - is your friendly, local, reasonably priced source for everything from toiletries and basic food and drink (including alcohol) items to locally made ice cream and a variety of prepared foods. Rojo Market is a ten-minute walk and features, among other things, items from their gourmet restaurant menu.

  Furniture and wood or bamboo products

Graniels Construction & Cabinet Shop, Dreamland- The work of the Graniels is well reknown for its beauty and quality. Beautiful wood products of every kind.

Bamboo Crafts & Furniture of Belize- Handcrafted and customed designed in Belize, with a rustic and tropical look.

 Beauty Treatments

Warpaint Beauty Supply- At Warpaint Beauty Supply, you can find everything necessary for the ladies to look more beautiful. We have a large assortment of the finest brands of cosmetics, hair colorings, shampoos, conditioners, creams, perfumes, deodorants, acrylic nails, nail polishes and Victoria's Secret products.


Online Belizean Bookstore - tied into various book databases including, Book World, Boomj, Library Bookshop, Looneytunes CDs, MyTweenCentral, Schoolfundstore, The Africa Channel, The Librarians Choice, and Through the Magic Door .

 Online Shopping - An online store, jungle beauty products, ceramics, paintings, music, travel guides for all of Central America and Belize, spices, and more...


here is a map of the downtown area, with many of the shops and stores marked. You can click the map to get a larger version of it, making it much easier to read the details.

If you need more maps, you will have many of this area to choose from if you click here....

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Visit Orange Gallery/Gift Shop located on Coconut Drive; the perfect place to find beautifully carved hard wood sculptures, an assortment of jewelry and fabulous paintings. Hammocks, lams, wooden bowls and knick-knacks make great souvenirs and Orange has them for you!

The combination of art and framing services at Isla Bonita Gallery & Framing helps make your gift extra special. Owner Karen Sue Brown offers a wide range of paintings in this lovely store, located at Fairdale Plaza on Coconut Drive. For this Costa Maya, one lucky winner will be photographed with the new Miss Costa Maya 2006, and have their memorable moment matted and framed, courtesy of Isla Bonita Gallery and Framing.

Packing your bags in such a frenzy that you forgot to pack your umm  your unmentionables? Dont fret, Moon Dancer has a wide variety for you to choose from.

Hammocks and more...that is exactly what youll find at this thatched building just south of the island, near Barefoot Iguana. Hammocks, any style and every color, perfect to give your home that Caribbean feel!

Your hubby or son forgot to pack his surfer pants or did they forget anything else at home, well Sun Dancer is the place to go shopping for the men in your life.

Mambo Chill has exquisite jewelry, beautiful sandals and glorious sundresses. Visit them today to purchase a special gift for that special someone or just come in and pamper yourself.

Jewelry galore! Visit Moon Dancer for the best in authentic sterling silver jewelry, along with fashion jewelry to suit your taste.

Step out in style with lovely sandals courtesy of Mambo Chill sure to check out the wide array of shoes and clothing available for every occasion!

At Island Vibes, one can find a wide array of souvenirs to choose from. Take a shirt, towel, cap, mug, shot glass, or even samples of the fine Belizean liquor back home. They also have a wide array of womens apparel should in case you need a new dress, blouse, skirt or even shoes.

Educational toys for children are the way to go, especially if they are entertaining and will keep your little tyke busy. Why not get them a wood puzzle from Attitude Gift Shop. They come in various designs and are very bright and colorful and being wood, you know that they will last for a long time.

Take a piece of history back home with you. Jade jewelry, figurines and Maya replicas are the perfect souvenir. Come in and be enlightened with a little bit of the Belizean History.

At Central Park, vendors line up to sell you the best in hand crafted jewelry; necklaces, bracelets, anklets line up the various stalls. You can find among them wood carvings, sea shells, and other special knickknacks.

Whimsical ceiling hangings, wall fixtures, glass lamps, and glassware are the order of the day at Kasbah. Most items are of an Indian and Moroccan style. Come in and take your favorite home.

Kasbah is a feast for the eyes, with whimsical, fanciful items adorning every available space, and friendly staff ready to assist you.

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