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San Pedro (Belize)

San Pedro town

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Town of San Pedro, Belize, celebrates its 25th anniversary of incorporation with adopting a new flag on 27.11.2009. Photo of the flag only.
Valentin Poposki, 11 August 2010


Here is an image of a new flag of the town of San Pedro, Belize (image obtained from
and article at

As part of the upcoming celebrations for Dia de San Pedro (St. Peterís Day), patron Saint of the town, the San Pedro House of Culture presented San Pedro Mayor, Daniel Guerrero and Area Representative, Minister of Tourism, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. with the new flag and emblem that will be used during the Dia de San Pedro Festivities.

The flag, which will now be the official flag of San Pedro Town, was endorsed by both the Mayor and Area Representative at the presentation held on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at the Town Hall. Did de San Pedro is celebrated on June 29 with a schedule of activities that take place leading up to it.

The flag of San Pedro includes symbols which represent important aspects of its heritage. The Coat of Arms embodies the symbols of St. Peter, the patron saint of San Pedro from whom the town was named after. St. Peter is the patron saint of fishermen, net makers and ship builders.

The Colors: The red, white and green flag of San Pedro represents the three colors of St. Peter. The red signifies the blood of those massacred during the Yucatan Caste War. White symbolizes the peace that the Mestizo people seek in their new settlement. Green represents the hope of the Mestizo people.

The shield represents the Coat of Arms. An inverted Latin cross divides the field into four quarters. The field is maroon, the traditional color of royalty and nobility.

The Inverted Cross: A St. Peter's Cross is an inverted Latin cross. It symbolizes the martyrdom of Saint Peter, the Prince of the Apostles. The origin of this symbol comes from the fact that St. Peter was crucified upside down, as he felt he was unworthy to be crucified in the same manner that Christ died (upright).

The Cock: The first quarter, the upper left hand section, bears the cock which represents the three times St. Peter denies Christ as he had predicted.

The Crossed Keys: The second quarter, the upper right hand side, represents the Papal authority to which the Society of Jesus is dedicated by special vow and by which the Christian people are assured of infallible guidance in faith and morals. The Crossed Keys are Christ's own symbols of that authority according to his words spoken to Peter, "I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of Heaven..." It symbolizes the keys of heaven.

The Fishermanís Net: The two lower quarters portray the fisherman's net and the apostolate of the Church and Society: "I will make you fishers of men".

The Motto: The motto, "Sub umbra Petri" is translated "Under the shadow of Peter" and recalls the beautiful practice of the early Christians who brought their sick to Peter "so that when Peter passed, his shadow at least might fall on some of them". Under the same shadow Sanpedranos live and prosper.
Paul Bassinson, 8 May 2019

Town council flag

image by Fred Drews, 12 August 2014

Coat of Arms

image by Fred Drews, 13 March 2020

Former flag

image by Fred Drews, 12 August 2014

A nice flag photo. The new town flag is a Burundi-like white saltire on red and green background divided diagonally, red on top and bottom, green on hoist and flay; over all a circular seal of approximate diameter of half the flag's height showing local beach landscape, sea fauna, and a green solid outline of the Ambergris Caye (island), all inside a white ring with golden rope (?) edging reading "San Pedro town" above "Ambergris Caye" set green uncial lettering.
The saltire has eight edges (made from two four-edged bends), with the top and bottom triangles taking the whole of the top and bottom edges of the flag, like the Belize Defence Force flag (as shown in photo not in stamp).
It is unfortunate that the curious name of the island where San Pedro town is the major settlement didn't offer inspiration for the colors of the flag: Amber and grey, with some suitable neutral contrast color (maybe black?) would make an original flag. (Later:) Hmmm, interesting idea: Is it a coincidence that the island is named Ambergris and its main settlement namesake saint attributes are two keys, gold and silver? I mean, amber=gold, grey=silver...
While searching for a flag image of the logo, I found this: Showing a triangular pennant hanging vertically, with the national flag pattern streched to have a red stipe along the top (hoist), seal in place for correct reading and relatively long red triangle tip.
Flag day in Belize and local child wears it as skirt. Desecration? Nah, desecration is when dirty politicians show fake respect to the national flag(s) - whatever star-eyed innocent children do with a flag it is what a national flag should be about.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 12 August 2010

Former Coat of Arms

image by Fred Drews, 12 August 2014