Live & Kicking Sports Bars in Belize
Any vacation in beautiful Belize will undoubtedly provide tourists with plenty to fill their travel itinerary, whether diving into the amazing azure waters, through the gorgeous green jungles, or delving into the rich local culture and history. However, despite having more than enough to keep them occupied here, whenever avid sports fans are away from home for any length of time, it’s often hard for them to forget what’s going on back home; especially if their favorite team has a game, or there’s a popular sporting event they don’t want to miss.
Thankfully, there’s a great selection of lively sports bars to be found amongst the most popular destinations in Belize, where cool beers are on tap and live sporting events are available on-screen, beamed from around the world. These are three of the most popular in key resort areas around the country.
Pedro’s Sports Pub
Seagrape Drive, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
Located at Pedro’s Hotel, Pedro’s Sports Pub and Pizzeria is a popular venue amongst locals and tourists alike, especially those who are keen on keeping in touch with the latest sporting action from around the world. In the fully air-conditioned main bar, there are 52’ and 62’ big screen TV’s where fans can watch the latest American sports, including NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL games live and direct. It’s also easy to find, just south of the San Pedro Airport runway, and they also boast the best pizzas in Latin America.
Image Source: @PedrosHotel via Facebook
A glance through the Twitter account of Pedro’s Hotel would also suggest the owners are big fans of English sports and especially Premier League soccer team, Arsenal. Don’t be surprised to see plenty of other live sports from Britain, which is handy to know for anyone visiting in April and keeping a keen eye on the latest pre-race details at Oddschecker for the 2019 Grand National, which is sure to fill the bar with punters when the horses start charging around the famous Aintree circuit in Liverpool. It is, after all, the most famous horse race in the world.
2 Mapp St, Belize City
The highest rated amongst 98 restaurants reviewed at TripAdvisor and winner of the Certificate of Excellence at the travel website, every year between 2015 and 2018, the Riverside Tavern has an established reputation as one of the most popular dining locations in the capital of Belize. As the name of the venue would suggest, Riverside Tavern is located alongside the Haulover Creek in the heart of downtown Belize City, with outdoor patios to enjoy the views while sipping on a cool beer or cocktail.
Image Source: @riversidetavernbelize via Facebook
If that’s not the kind of view you had in mind, head inside to the bar and that’s where the views of a sporting persuasion will be found. Although it’s mostly American sports that are shown live, the staff pride themselves on offering excellent customer service, which means they’ll find the sports you want to watch and on one of the many TV screens, wherever it’s being broadcast from around the world.
Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill
Playa Asuncion, Caye Caulker
Just because visitors are staying on one of the most picturesque little islands Belize has to offer, doesn’t mean they have to miss out on their favorite sports. Whenever there’s a game on, the Barrier Reef Sports Bar and Grill is usually where locals, ex-pats and tourists will flock to see the live action; whether it’s their favorite European soccer teams, the latest big-fight boxing, or live American sporting events.
Image Source: @belizesportsbar via Facebook
Just one look at all the pennants, flags, banners and other sporting memorabilia covering the walls and ceilings around the bar, visitors will know the owners and staff are just as crazy about sports as they are. What’s more, even watching your favorite team lose isn’t all that bad here, because stepping back outside with another beer, all your sorrows are washed away by the idyllic beach setting and the melodic reggae music you’ll probably hear playing. Watching sports in this part of paradise certainly has welcome benefits.
Enjoying Live Sports in Belize
The three sports bars featured in this article are amongst the most popular, found in three key tourist destinations. Also, they all offer free WiFi, which is handy for anyone betting on sporting events, or keen to follow up to the moment statistics on the sports they’re watching, using their mobile, tablet or laptop.
Of course, these aren’t the only places where visitors can watch international sports live. Most hotel resorts have access to live international sports, which you can watch in your room or at their bars. However, nothing quite beats sharing the enjoyment of an event with sports-mad fellow tourists and locals, in venues such as those mentioned.