Where To Find The Best Conch Ceviche In San Pedro, According To A Local

by Dion Vansen

San Pedro Town, on Ambergris Caye, is undoubtedly the most popular vacation destination in Belize offering the visitor amazing natural attractions and great food. A well-known item in the island’s gastronomy is seafood, and with the recent re-opening of the Queen Conch, the popular conch ceviche is now available on restaurants’ menus. Whether you want to enjoy this delicacy at your place or by the beach with friends and family, these are some of the best food spots to savour this seafood dish in the company of your favourite drink. 

Ceviche pairs well with a seafront view. Image via SunBreeze Hotel

As you land in San Pedro, you will realize that ceviche is one of the most popular dishes at restaurants. In fact, ceviche will be one of the recommendations for an appetizer in most places. It is in fact the favourite bite for locals when hosting gatherings to celebrate a special occasion. Conch ceviche is the queen of this dish and although prepared at many restaurants, below we share with you some of the ceviche joints recommended by both locals and visitors alike for you to try when on Ambergris Caye. Note that conch is a seasonal seafood favourite, with its open season this year slated for October 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023, or when the quota is met. 

Lily’s Treasure Chest 


Lily’s Ceviche is famous for doing it best while on Ambergris Caye.

Among the recommendations, Lily’s Treasure Chest comes a ton, loved by both tourists and San Pedranos alike. The beachfront restaurant in the downtown area offers indoor and outdoor dining areas. It has a stunning beachfront with some of the best views of the Caribbean Sea and Belize’s Barrier Reef. Whether you order shrimp or conch ceviche, you will not be disappointed. Feel free to stop by anytime during the day and evening to enjoy a ceviche with the freshest of products and the best attention from their friendly staff. 

Estel’s Dine by the Sea 

Another popular food joint in the heart of San Pedro is a great spot for good seafood. Enjoy your conch or mixed ceviche (conch, shrimp, octopus) on the beach with the majestic Caribbean Sea in front of you. Depending on the time of the day, Estel’s features live music to serenade their good eating. 

Elvi’s Kitchen 

Elvi’s mixed ceviche is a treat for seafood aficionados. Image via Elvi’s Kitchen.

Found downtown on “middle street,” one of the oldest restaurants in town serves some of the best dishes you can think about. Of course, seafood and of course ceviche are part of that delicious repertoire. Award-winning Chef Jennie Staines will prepare your ceviche with the freshest of hand-picked seafood (that’s certified sustainably sourced!) for you to enjoy in their indoor dining room complemented by their unique sand floor. 

Palapa Bar and Grill 

Located at the start of the Boca del Rio beach strip, Palapa Bar & Grill is over the water with an even closer view of the sea and the barrier reef. Seafood is always on their menu making it another ideal spot to enjoy that fresh ceviche with a fun ambience and stunning views. 

Sandy Toes Bar & Grill

A favourite eatery enjoyed by both locals and tourists in the Boca del Rio area. Sandy Toes is another recommended restaurant by the beach for great food, of course, their ceviche is amazing. Enjoy this island staple with the sea breeze, picturesque views, and good vibes.  

Hurricane Bar and Grill 

An overwater restaurant specializing in ceviche off the Boca del Rio strip. Enjoy the ceviche of your choice while taking in the sight of the Caribbean Sea and reef. The restaurant also has an outside deck with steps leading into the shallow water if you feel like getting in the water. 

Rain Restaurant 

North of San Pedro, by the luxurious Grand Caribe, Belize, Rain Restaurant offers a different eating atmosphere. Order your ceviche in style at their fantastic rooftop terrace where you can enjoy a spectacular sunset. 

Regardless of where you choose to have your ceviche, you can be guaranteed the freshest and most tasty seafood on the island. 

Header image via Elvi’s Kitchen.

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