Tag Archives: Placencia
Over the past couple of years I’ve received numerous emails from readers with questions on the places I visit – from advice on where to stay, to what to do and how to make a stay unique. Most folks – including myself – need travel direction and ideas on where to begin exploring a country. So I’ve decided to help my readers out by putting together brief country guides – a lay of the land, if you will, to help you figure out what part of the country to visit according to your personal interests. No two visits are ever the same – and nor should they be. These guides are meant as starting points and I hope you find them useful in launching your own solo (or couple) adventure.
The first destination guide: Belize. It’s the country I get the most questions about and probably one of the least known. It’s also one I know fairly well now, after spending three months there as a Road Warrior (writer/blogger and photographer in-residence) for the Belize Tourism Board and an additional two and a half months independently.
Belize Travel Guide
‘Caribbean jewel’ in Central America
It’s easy to overlook Belize. It’s in a small corner facing the Caribbean sea and next to its larger, tourist-popular neighbors Mexico and Guatemala. Not to mention, most people think all there is to do there is diving or fishing, or that it’s expensive.
Belize does have the second longest barrier reef in the world after Australia’s, just a short hour and a half boat ride away from >> Continue reading
I think it’s safe to say that I’m one of the few visitors to experience Placencia in the slow season. It’s October and my first week there, only two restaurants were open for lunch and maybe half the hotels in town. Most of the folks I met and saw were locals, and I can count how many tourists I came across.
Still, I had a wonderful time. That’s because no matter what time of year, Placencia is the kind of place you go to relax, enjoy life and completely forget the rest of the world.
Like I told one of my hosts the other day, this place made me sooooo lazy! But in a good way, because I’m one of those people who can’t sit still. I like being on the move and relaxing in a hammock for even one hour at a time is not something I’m capable of, unless I’m writing at the same time.
Placencia made me pause and take in my last few days in Belize. From the miles of golden sand and the calm sea, the lagoon on the back side and so many places to just sit and take in the views, including nearby Cayes, there wasn’t a single dull moment. Even despite very on and off rainy weather over the week.
The Placencia Peninsula is made up of three “villages” or areas: Placencia Village on the southern tip, Maya Beach and finally on the north end, is the Garifuna village of Seine Bight. The northern end is also>> Continue reading