Recently, Ron, my duPlooy Travel partner and I went to Flores, Guatemala for the day to look for some items for the duPlooy restaurant.
This small island community, located on Lake Petén Itzá, is accessed by a causeway which connects Flores to the busy town of Santa Elena, where you will find a thriving and sprawling market place, which winds its way, sometimes chaotically, through back streets, where everything from live chickens to lingerie is sold.
Isla de Flores
After picking up a few local craft items like hand-made bread baskets and candles, we climbed in one of the, always nearby, 3 wheel taxis (Tuc-Tucs) for the 10 Q or US $1.25 passage for 2 persons to ride into Flores.
We were “ready for eat” as they say in Belize and after a short walk around the d lake side walk-way, we chose one of the many charming lake front restaurants, for a leisurely lunch, before the drive back to Belize.
We were looking forward to sampling White Fish, a featured dish on Flores menus, caught on the far side Lake Petén Itzá. However, while mulling over which size fish to order Medium, Large or Super, our wait-person brought to our attention the lunch Special of the Day ” Langosto colitos” or Lobster Tails.
Three good-sized grilled lobster tails, served with salad, steamed potatoes and plenty of homemade corn tortillas, and an accompanying garlic dipping sauce, along with a couple of local beers, was a perfect way to end a busy day at the market.
Eating in Flores is not expensive for what you get.
Our guacamole appetizer, 2 lobster dinners, 2 beers and a blended sorrel drink came to Q 290 or about US $38.
This goes for both Belize and Guatemala. If you don’t say how you want your fish your wait-person will assume the you want it whole. If you don’t like your fish with its head still attached, order a filet.
Also if you order “Fish Sandwich instead of Fish Burger, you will most likely be served fish between 2 slices of bread.
Related web links about Flores