Letter to the Editor: Guantanamo on Ambergris Caye

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

Dear Editor,
We enjoyed reading The San Pedro Sun while there and will continue online.
While going through our vacation pictures I thought you might be interested in one specific shot.
During our vacation stay we had to pass two ugly towers located right next to the road. We had to pass by over and over every day and often during some late night hours.
Both properties were surrounded by high walls with heavy barb wire rolled on top. During nights both these structures were lid up by heavy, bright spot light beams. The overall appearance was plain scary and ugly.SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA
We could not see any heavy armed patrol guards out in the open but we assumed the guards were inside looking out of the watch towers and probably pointing heavy guns. Every time when passing we sped up due to some fear.
Later we were told these were not prisons as we had long suspected but these properties are used for cell phone transmission.
No matter what, these disgusting looking structures were positioned in a completely wrong location right on the road where dozens and dozens of tourists had to pass each and every hour.
Next to it located is a nice restaurant for dining and just across a lovely looking, private home in block style and with a beautiful decorated garden.
We allowed us to give your island eye-sores a name: “Guantanamo on Ambergris Caye”.
What we will never forget about our vacation on Ambergris Caye:
“To have vacationed at a resort just 1/4 of a mile past Guantanamo”.
“Good morning Ambergris Caye…it’s time to wake up from your tasteless Mad Max fantasy!”
These were not the only unsightly structures we had noticed on the island.
As a competitor on the market for tourists you will urgently need to get a taste for beauty and present vacationers with a beautiful island style.
/s/ Marissa
San Francisco, CA


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  1. No Offense but this is one of the stupidest letters ever written to the editorial and I’m sure it could have been deleted but wanted us go get a good laugh instead…Its people like these that make the island sound scary in the first place. This person probably read some other stupid article that stated “don’t leave your hotel room or you will die” because lately this has been the case all over facebook

  2. I am so sick of people wanting to change everything in San Pedro!!!! I love it there, I don’t want fancy, I want plain and simple!!!! I am so sick of people coming into other countries and trying to tell that country how to do or how to fix or how to talk. Just FLAT be respectful when visiting other places in the world. Don’t try and change their culture, learn the culture of that country.

  3. real guantanamo come from her country .period

  4. and with real people inside

  5. To those of us who live here and know the purpose and the service these towers provide far out way the looks of the towers , and to the person who wrote this Ludacris comment I hope you noticed all the beauty that surrounds us here on ambergris caye, we who live here hope you come again and comment on our beautiful Isla Bonita.

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