Things to See and Do in Sarteneja, Belize

Shipstern is of course proud to promote its natural wonders, its tours and activities, and its facilities and accommodation, run by our local and friendly staff. As a conservation organization, we do however wish to support local communities by creating opportunities for local endeavours, since Shipstern is a powerful magnet for tourism. Below you will find a list of bars, restaurants and accommodations in Sarteneja. Please enquire about the latest updates when staying at Shipstern the region.

Places to eat in 

Pablito’s (la estrella):

Pablito’s place has been around for quite a while. It offers very affordable meals in a simple but cosy environment. Some of the meals include local dishes, soups, and fresh sea food. Open every day .


The dining facilities at Shipstern are set in a natural, rustic and clean environment. A spacious dining area with palapa bar mostly caters to guests staying at the reserve, but we do welcome visitors from the outside, for lunch or dinner. Although we try to be always ready to cook a dinner, it is best to give us a phone call (501) 666-4423 for reservations in advance or send us an email to

Liz fast food:

A popular place for locals and tourists. Offers local fast food including tacos, empanadas and salbutes.  Always open.

Ado’s Chill and Snack Place:

This is a new place that is rapidly gaining attention. They serve a variety of food but are especially known for their Mexican chilaquiles, coffees, and  free wifi.

Things to see and do in Sarteneja Belize



The other nightlife ! Shipstern offers a Tour Nocturno, during which our guides will take you into the forests to spot some of the exotic nightlife, from insects to lizards and, with a bit of luck, mammals.

Day Activities


Birding, hiking, trekking. See tours and activities.

Local guides:

Local tours around the village include: cave tour, community tour, swimming and fishing. contact us for more info.


There are affordable bike rentals in the village. Please enquire with us or in the village where to find them.

Community Events

Easter Regatta:

This is THE yearly event in Sarteneja. Many participants from all over Belize for boat races, dances, food, and other entertainment. Visit their website.

September, Independence  activities:

During the month of September the community plans a variety of events to celebrate the independence of Belize. Contact us for more info on upcoming events.

Accommodations and Places to stay

Backpacker’s Paradise

At the entrance of the village, this cosy place is run by Nathalie and offers camping and very affordable rooms in small cabañas. The place has its own restaurant.

Fernando’s Seaside Guesthouse:

Fernando’s is an award winning small hotel, one of the pioneers in Sarteneja. On the seaside, hotel with a/c.

Birder’s Lodge at Shipstern:

Basic but comfortable and clean lodge cabanas located right at Shipstern’s headquarters. The best location to start your bird tour in Belize.

Home stay:

There are home stay programs in Sarteneja , where visitors can spend a few days, sharing the life of locals. Host families provide food and lodging. contact us for more info.

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