A brief look at business

By September 20, 2020 September 23rd, 2020 No Comments
As in most countries at the moment, the lock-down and loss of tourism due to Covid-19 has been challenging. Despite all this, most island businesses are still operating. While bars may not yet reopen, restaurants are allowed to operate for take out.
I took a brief look through town to see how a few favorite businesses were doing. Don’t see your favorite? Look them up on Facebook or contact us at

The Chocolate Shop

The chocolate shop is operating on limited hours, but is still open. They have been very creative, offering red, white and blue chocolates for September Celebrations, and home delivered chocolate survival packages to make your own chocolate brownies and chocolate drinks when the shop could not open. While not officially listed as an essential service during lockdown, having good chocolate available in an international crisis is truly a blessing.

Estel’s Dine by the Sea

This popular breakfast spot, like all other restaurants on the island, is closed to dine in customers, and can only offer take out. This is very sad, as their deck offers stunning views and is a favorite place to sit. They still offer a delicious Sunday BBQ once a week.  I’m looking forward to the day I can enjoy fried jacks for a leisurely breakfast again.

The Blue Water Grill

The Blue Water Grill has always been community minded, and during these hard times they have continued to help families through a hot meals program, preparing and delivering up to 170 hot meals at a time.  It’s sad to see the the restaurant empty, but the staff are still there preparing delicious take-out.  Not on Ambergris Caye? Not a problem! They advertise that they’ll deliver sushi nationwide using tropic air!

DandE’s Frozen Custard

I had almost forgotten how amazing Eileen’s frozen custard tastes on a hot day! Offering cool treats through a tiny hole in the door, Eileen gave a candid update on the struggles of adapting through two lockdowns. While business is slow, the money pays rent and electricity, both of which help the local economy and it keeps her busy. She’s looking forward to seeing her customers again.


Waruguma is still open, offering delicious local food at good prices. Their large, open eating area on back street looks very inviting, but like all restaurants at the moment, it is empty. They put together a delicious sea-food feast for father’s day.

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