Coffee at Café Casita del Amor on the Hummingbird Highway
My wife calls it a cottage, I call it Victorian, or maybe you’ll think it’s a miniature castle. One thing you will notice though it’s eclectic funky psychedelic appeal will draw you in. Café Casita Del Amor is one of the most unusual eateries you’ll find in all of Belize. Painted in striking shades of blue, purple and orange with a metal roof it’s surrounded by beautiful gardens. Situated between two one lane bridges at mile marker sixteen and half and across the road from the entrance to Billy Barquedier National Park along the Hummingbird Highway you can’t miss it. Although we had passed by Casita Del Amor many times before, this particular day was going to be different. Enroute from Placencia about an hour into our drive, a friend suggested we stop in to have breakfast. Once we entered we knew we had come to a special place. You can feel the romance and the uniqueness.
The soft music playing, the inviting and calming colors and the large heart painted on the ceiling, somehow it all works. Now inside, we were warmly greeted by Wendell, who refurbished the Café Casita Del Amor and has before and after pictures hanging on the wall. He’s very proud of what he has accomplished, and you’ll appreciate it too once you see all the handmade furniture, paintings, and structural architecture of the building. The cozy colorful café only seats about 10 people and offers sandwiches, crepes, omelets, fresh squeezed juices and more. Just prepare to wait after ordering as all the meals are made to order and Wendell is a one man show. While waiting it’s a great time to chat with him and hear his story and history about the Café Casita Del Amor. “I remodeled the building both inside and out” said Wendell, showing us the pictures on the wall. If you’re looking for something sweet, try a milkshake made from flavors like papaya, banana and coconut. From the full menu you can also have coffee, espresso or even a latte. By the end of our meal, we had fallen in love this little place! Who knew a funky purple, orange and blue miniature castle with eclectic décor would capture our hearts. We’ll definitely be back. We enjoyed the romantic atmosphere, the soothing music and the hints of love (hearts) displayed throughout the architecture of the building.