Golf carts are the main mode of transportation around San Pedro Island off of the Caribbean coast of Belize. One day as my travel buddy was driving it like a bumper car at an amusement park, we passed by a café and I made a mental note to visit this place before I left the island. As my readers know, I am always in a search for a proper latte.
One free morning after having finished all of my SCUBA requirements in days prior, I decided to grab a bicycle and take a little ride to the café. The many speed bumps notwithstanding, I made it to the Island Buzz Café in one piece. Located on the main road from the airport to south Ambergris Caye [Coconut Drive] , the café shares a small shopping center with a Segway dealer, a property management company, and. “guest supply store” [Fairdale Plaza]. As the last proper latte I had had was at Café Guatemala in Tikal, I was ready. The coffee in Belize thus far had been as weak as my will power to stay away from coffee.
After hitching my bike to a post, I entered the café. I was greeted by Dennis, a twenty- something local, who embodied the warmth of all of locals I had encountered. After his greeting the next most impactful thing I saw was the proper latte-making hardware. I exhaled. The Pavlovian hiss of the milk steamer followed, and my latte was ready.
I took a seat outside, facing the sea which was about 100 meters away, and sat down to enjoy it. At that moment I was sure to be back the next day to secure another proper latte.
As far as I know, this is the only place on San Pedro island to get a proper Belize latte buzz. And it is a good one indeed. Thanks Dennis.