Our “roadtrip” from Placencia to San Ignacio was definitely an intense and exciting four days. There were attractions we knew we wanted to visit and others that just happened to be along the road as we traveled. The drive alone was a wonderful experience. The beautiful mountains, banana plantations, orange groves and lush farms along the way made the drive well worth the time. From the intense and at times “painful” experience of the waterfall in Bocawina National Park to the peacefulness of the Maya Mountain Lodge, we truly enjoyed every minute of the trip.
Whatever region of Belize you choose, you will not be disappointed at the options for adventure. Whether your idea of a vacation is swimming with the nurse sharks off the coast of Ambergris Caye, or wandering the peaceful sidewalk of Placencia village, Belize will not disappoint!
Most visitors come to Belize for a weeks vacation. Belize Tourism Board reports that 75% of all visitors go to Ambergris Caye/San Pedro. The beautiful little island that provides nearly every imaginable option for a funfilled weeks vacation in a tropical paradise. You can snorkel, dive, boat, fish, parasail, …you can rent a golf cart, rent a bike, rent a wave runner, rent a scooter…..you can eat at a five star hotel …..a beachside bar…or a local taco stand…. Nearly every vacation adventure can be experienced in this beautiful little country.
One of the observations I’m making as we have been in the area for a while, is the kindness of the people. Whether it’s the locals that you may see on a daily basis, or a tourist that’s just in town for a few days. Maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s the awesome views of the beautiful water, but there’s a sense of relaxation and peacefulness.
After returning to Placencia this week, we have met some awesome people, both interesting and inspiring for what they are doing and how they too enjoy coming to this beautiful little country. One family we met has been coming to Placencia for 20 years, typically a couple times a year on vacation or long weekends. Living in Guatemala, they travel the three hours up the coast in their boat….(they called it a boat….I called it a small yacht….very nice!!) They spoke about how this area has gradually changed over time, but still embodies the quaint village feel that keeps them coming back year after year.
This time of year is definitely slow season. Many places are closed to prepare for high season and allow their employees some time off. So the village can be especially calm and quiet and tourist are few and far between in September. With that being said, it was interesting and unique that we met this awesome couple traveling with their three children. They explained how they are taking a year off and are currently six weeks into their year journey that started near Portland Oregon. Driving through the states, through Mexico, then Belize and ending in Peru. I was so impressed with the family and the awesome opportunity they are providing their children with this experience.
Having the opportunity to meet these awesome and interesting people makes this journey even more exciting. I am loving the area, the people and this wonderful little country! Life is good…..Belize makes it even better!