If you look at this map right here you can see the area that I live near - Pomona - on the Hummingbird Highway.
It took us about 2 1/2 hours to get down to Placencia.
There are two main villages you pass through on your way down to Placencia - Maya Beach and Seine Bight. (This is where the pine trees seem to end and the palm trees start to be more prevalent.)
Maya Beach is much more upscale than Seine Bight - just check out this one new neighborhood called The Placencia
it gets better....
They have waterways through the neighborhood so you an just drive your boat in!
If it was finished, it would be a very impressive neighborhood, but it doesn't look like any work has been done in there since the last time I was in Placenia, about 8 or 9 months ago.
I guess people aren't snatching up the lots as fast as the builder was hoping for.
I've never spent the night in Maya Beach, but it looks like there are a lot of nice places to stay -
Maya Beach Hotel, Barnacle Bill's Beach Bungalows, Singing Sands Resort, The Green Parrot Hotel and Guest House, Maya Playa Resort - and I passed a decent amount of restaurants and a sign for.....
Jaguar Lanes Bowling!!
I might have to make my friend Kathy check it out with me when she comes to visit next year...
Seine Bight is the small, "local" village that you pass through after Maya Beach. This is where most of the Belizean people who live on the peninsula have their homes, and they're nothing fancy or over the top like the mansions in Maya Beach:
a large wooden house, what more do you need, really?
Again, I've never personally stayed in Seine Bight, but there are at least two nice resorts open for business,Blue Crab Resort, Nautical Inn, and I saw plenty of places to get some local Belizean food.
You enter Placencia after driving around the Placencia airstrip:
I've never been able to get a decent picture from here because you aren't allowed to stop because I plane could come flying in and run right into you, so I borrowed this one from panaramio.com.
Still not a great picture - you can't see the water on the right hand side or behind you.
We parked in a lot that we usually park in and got a room at the first hotel that we stopped at, the SeaSpray Hotel.
It's on the beach, close enough to walk to anywhere in town (but far enough away not to be bothered by the noise) and they have a good summer rate - $92bz ( $46us) for a room with a view of the sea, two beds, two fans, a refrigerator, cable tv, hot and cold water, a coffee maker, and wifi.
1st floor, right on the beach.
A little outside lounge area, complete with hammock.
The last time I was in Placencia was back in January of this year - Just a quick Hello from Placencia - and I was complaining about the garbage and the sea grass. I must have been down there after a storm or something, because that's when litter in the sea seems to get really bad in this country. (It comes in from Honduras.... murder capital of the world)
It wasn't so bad this time, though - there's still seagrass washed up on the beach, but only a few pieces of trash were mixed in with it, and the sea was still clear, warm, and beautiful.
dried up seagrass
perfectly clear water
Quick fun fact, Placencia claims to have the the longest sidewalk in the world
and this is part of it.
After checking into the hotel we walked down the sidewalk and cut over to the main road to have lunch at one of the new bars, The Purple Space Monkey Bar and Grill
I've been seeing signs for this place for at least a year, I'm so happy they're finally open!
Large, open air dining room
stocked bar with large, flat screen tv
I'm pretty sure they have bands play there in front of the Marley painting during busy season
The food and drinks were good, too. (A little pricey on the drink menu, in my opinion - $12bz for a rum punch? Hmm.)
a frozen Hibiscus Margarita
a Hemingway Margarita
a Sex on da Beach
Trip's $12 Rum Punch and Medianoche Cubano
Cuban marinated and roasted pork loin, sliced ham, pickles and yellow mustard
Mmmm, my Shrimp Tempura Sushi
(Thank you, Purple Space Monkey - I've been craving sushi!!)
At night we had dinner and drinks at the Barefoot Bar, which is always a good time.
The Steak Sandwich special...
Maybe I'm picky since I'm from Philly and Philly has the best steak sandwiches ever... but this was more like a chewy hamburger patty on a fairly decent bun. The salad was excellent.
The Stewed Chicken Quesidilla
A little plain, but not bad.
We went for a short walk to meet our boat captain for the next day's trip out to Laughing Bird Caye, which I'll post about next.
For now, here are some random pictures of things in Placencia
a very cute gift store, the Placencia Bazaar
a new tapas bar - De Barcelona
the shabby Social Security Office and Post Office
Omar's Creole Grub
This place must be good because it's always PACKED for dinner.
another little gift shop, and Placencia Ice Cream
coffee shop and farmer's market
I think these signs around town are new, I don't remember seeing them before
another new place - Stone Cold Daquires...
we stopped for some strawberry ones on our way to meet the captain
My feet, chillin with a palm tree.
the full moon over the water....
which my camera turned into a star.
I always have such a good time in Placencia - especially this time of year. Almost half of all the business were closed for the slow season, and more of them are shutting down for the first few weeks of October, but there was still plenty to do and hardly any noise or traffic to ruin the mellow feel of the place. It's like a mainland Caye Caulker.
Here's a list of 10 Things to do in Placencia, Belize (other than eat and drink) from globotreks.com.