Following the fire that destroyed a large part of RamonÂs Village Hotel last month, the people of San Pedro have been coming together to help in any way they can.Â Thanks in part to their efforts, the resort is now up and running again and hopes to return to normal before long.Â Its American owners visited yesterday to thank staff and locals for their efforts.
A favorite spot for people choosing to vacation on Ambergris Caye, RamonÂs is important to the local economy and the dramatic blaze that took place on August 27th left a lot of people worried.Â Burning down a third of the resortÂs rooms along with its offices, restaurant and gift shop, it might well have been worse without the brave actions of staff, who fought to hold back the flames until fire fighters arrived.Â Fortunately, although it took two hours to bring the blaze under control, the dive shop survived intact.Â As well as serving the resortÂs guests, it is popular with local residents.Â Diving expeditions led from the resort are continuing as usual, giving visitors a chance to explore the reef.
RamonÂs itself is also popular, and over the past week its history of community support and engagement has really paid off. Â From the repair companies that worked extra hours to fix and replace damaged equipment to the schoolchildren who volunteered to clean up the beach, everybody has chipped in where they can.Â It is a real demonstration of the community spirit for which the island is famous, and it has helped to ensure that staff will be able to hold onto their jobs and San Pedro will continue to benefit from the tourists who love staying there.
Despite the strong fishing industry so much in evidence in the restaurants on Barrier Reef Drive, Ambergris Caye depends on tourism more than anything else for its revenue.Â Careful management of this has helped to ensure that the island prospers without being swamped and its natural beauty has been much better preserved than in many other Caribbean settlements.Â This is why so many of those who vacation on Ambergris Caye end up deciding to move there and become locals.Â It is especially popular with retired people who love the easygoing pace of life and that same welcoming sense of community that has helped RamonÂs.