The Best Brunch Spots in Ambergris Caye

by Gisselle Hernandez

While brunch serves as the ideal meal-turned-event for celebrating birthdays, Moms, Dads, and gal pal get-togethers, you don’t need an excuse to indulge in the breakfast-lunch portmanteau. Brunch combines the best part of breakfast – the food – without the pressure of having to give up your sweet bed early in the morning to enjoy a jam-slathered fry jack. Brunch in Belize is even more of a spectacle, with a cornucopia of goodies gracing your table at a beachfront restaurant. And when it comes to picking the best brunch spots in the country, Ambergris Caye hails supreme.

Sea Salt at Alaia Belize

The Marriot-branded property never holds back on offering the best and the same can be said for its dining options. Sea Salt Restaurant is known for exquisite international cuisine laced with a relaxed coastal vibe. This isn’t your average continental hotel breakfast. Expect an elevated culinary experience with local flavors and fresh ingredients infused in every dish. To get started on the right foot, order a round of the restaurant’s signature, a Bloody Mary, for the squad. Did we mention they also have a bottomless mimosa cart that strolls around from 7 am to 11 am? Now that’s how you get the party to come to you.

Palmilla at Victoria House Resort & Spa

Victoria House’s on-site full-service restaurant allows guests to enjoy meals with sweeping views of the ocean just beyond their private beach. Imagine catching up with friends over brunch as the Caribbean breeze ruffles the palm leaves outside and seagulls soar overhead. Here, you can take your pick from exquisitely made classics like omelets and toast to the traditional Mayan breakfast of pitax pac accompanied by fry jacks.

Mambo’s at Matachica Resort


Brunch at Mambo Bistro. Image via @TheLuckyCoconuts

Dubbed as a “soft spot for brunch buffs,” Matachica’s open-air Mambo’s Bistro works in conjunction with the resort’s sister property, Gaia Riverlodge. Mambo’s ingredients are directly sourced from Gaia’s organic garden, which is nestled within the valleys of Mountain Pine Ridge. Sweet and savory tropical fruits spice up the menu in ways you wouldn’t imagine. Pineapple salsa grace cornbread waffles that can only be complemented by a freshly made mimosa. If you tire of traditional Eggs Benedict, try the Belizean twist to it which comes with Johnny cakes and refried beans.

Estel’s Dine by the Sea

Estel’s may not be located at one of the many award-winning resorts on Ambergris Caye, but the popular breakfast joint deserves its own spot on the list. Estel’s Dine by the Sea is the go-to for many travelers to the island, especially for those staying right in San Pedro Town or simply spending the day there. The beachfront restaurant holds unobstructed views of the Caribbean Sea and you can spot the early morning ferry rides arriving at the dock. The locally-run restaurant is always bustling with patrons ordering their own mix-and-match brunch scribbled on the chalkboard menu. Famous for its incredibly puffy and golden fry jacks, Estel’s can become quite busy so it’s best to plan ahead and aim for a spot near the sandy-floored porch so you can watch pelicans from atop the plastic chairs. 

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