San Mateo is one of the suburbs of San Pedro. It’s tucked in just north of town on the northern bank of the Boca Del Rio, but despite being fairly large – almost 200 houses – most tourists have no idea that this at risk community exists on “La Isla Bonita.” Holy Cross Anglican School is located at the northern end of San Mateo and draws many of its students from this neighborhood.
Words don’t really describe San Mateo, it needs to be seen. This award winning video was made by Gigi Harris when just 9 years old.
Since this video there have been improvements – most dramatically the building of roads through the community, which has lead to improved housing. Mains water and electricity are now available too. But I still show the video as parts of San Mateo without roads are still very much as in the video.