If you want to dine right by the water, it’s hard to get much closer than Estel’s. This casual place has a sand floor with heavy wooden tables and plastic chairs inside the main dining room, and a sand terrace outside with pure plastic patio furniture. A broad range of memorabilia and antiques line the walls, and there’s a piano in one corner. This is a popular place to start the day, with excellent huevos rancheros and breakfast burritos, as well as Bloody Mary’s. The lunch menu features plenty of fresh seafood and fish simply prepared, as well as a range of Mexican and Belizean standards. Hosts Charles and Estella Worthington are usually on hand—they live upstairs. In general, it’s a mellow scene, attracting a convivial blend of locals and tourists.

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