There is lots of beautiful countryside and never any shortage of things to do on Ambergris Caye, but when it comes to places to picnic or spend time with the kids, the parks are hard to beat.Â Mosquito Coast Park runs along the shoreline where Harrison Ford worked on the 1986 film The Mosquito Coast, and it is looked after by members of the San Pedro Lions Club.Â This week the club was out in force as members set out to revamp the parkÂs buildings and play equipment.
The playground in the park was originally set up in 2010 using equipment donated by the Holy Cross Anglican School, but it has suffered some wear and tear in the meantime thanks to enthusiastic children.Â The rainy season also took its toll, leaving the metal framework of the slide severely rusted.Â Lions Club members spent Sunday dismantling it and replacing it with a new wooden frame and steps.Â They also painted buildings in the park, brightening it up in the hope of making it more appealing to children and adults alike.
As the sunny season approaches, many more improvements to the park are planned, aimed at getting it ready for its busiest time of year.Â The hope is that in the long term it will have improved sporting facilities that will be open to all local residents.Â The recent success of Belizean youth teams in international sporting events shows the difference this kind of investment can make.
San Pedro Lions Club was founded in 1975 and is dedicated to helping community development on the island, with a particular focus on providing for its poorer people.Â Run entirely by volunteers, it is particularly popular with older people and recent arrivals looking for useful things to do on Ambergris Caye.Â It set up the islandÂs first medical center and still provides free treatment there for people who are unable to pay.Â As it is San PedroÂs most popular volunteering group, it is a good choice for those who want to give something back to this beautiful island and its welcoming people.
The friendly atmosphere of Ambergris Caye is one of the things that makes it most appealing to visitors and makes a lot of people want to stay.Â Yes, there are also the gorgeous sandy beaches, the sparkling sapphire waters, the swaying palms and charming old buildings, but nothing beats that warm welcome.