San Pedro, Belize | Wednesday night, foot and boat traffic drew like moths to the flame to watch as one of the largest resorts on Ambergris Caye burned to the ground. The sole firetruck on Ambergris Caye arrived momentarily but couldn’t get close enough to battle the flames due to roadworks at the hotel’s entryway. (A likely issue: of the nearly 1,600 miles of roadway in Belize, only 303 are paved and easily accessible, according to NationsEncyclopedia.com.)
Awestruck tourists produced iPhones to document the fire (exhibit A above) and self-possessed locals produced sticks and marshmallows to make s’mores. I couldn’t make this up. Luckily, no one was injured and part of the hotel may be salvaged.