before our beginnings
Lily’s Treasure Chest, a true island experience serving great Belizean food, beach side breakfast, lunch, and dinner, was all started by Mr. Felipe Paz Sr. or “Tio Pil” as he was known as. Tio Pil, a born Sanpedrano, was recognized by everyone on the island of San Pedro as a hardworking man; a man filled with integrity and dedication. Because of such qualities and being a man who removed obstacles from his path, he earned the respect of everyone on the island.
After traveling to Panama to work stocking steal and furniture for two years and later working in Celotex Corporation in New Orleans, Tio Pil returned to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye where he ventured into new business ideas – operating a freight boat. Although being successful, he experienced several obstacles, but always managed to get through.
As San Pedro started to develop, so did the ideas of Tio Pil. He continued his freight business but also started his next projects; Lily’s Hotel. As the tourism business continue to grow, Tio Pil saw the need for expansion and the addition of a small dining area. That’s how Lily’s Hotel and Restaurant came about, a favorite by visiting tourists.
After Tio Pil ran the restaurant for several years, “Lily’s” was up for lease.