A little bit of paradise

Trip Start Feb 25, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Julia's Guesthouse

Flag of Belize  , Stann Creek,
Thursday, April 29, 2010

After a quick breakfast and coffee and Espresso Americano, we head back to meet Victor at the hotel. 

Victor had approached us right after we checked into the hotel the night before, and did a great job of selling us on taking his boat to Placencia the next morning.  He had fliers and business cards - really had his speech down.  I mean, we were already planning on taking the boat, and it's the only boat even going to where we were going, so not sure why he thought we needed such convincing, but he did a great job.  He did an even better job convincing the other 4 white people staying at our hotel to go too, since they were actually planning on taking another boat, I believe. 

We all pile into the back of a pickup truck with our belongings, and we head down to the Immigration Office downtown.  We get our passports stamped, jump back in the pickup and head to the docks.  We have a few hours to waste, so we grab a table with our new travel partners and share stories of our travels so far.  It never fails that most people I meet in my travels put my little trip to shame.  There's one couple from England - both in their early 20's - who has been traveling for about 6 months or so, and they will complete an entire year around the world when all is said in done.  They've traveled through  Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Central America and headed to North America for the final leg of their trip.  Gee, why didn't I think of that 10 years ago??

So, we're ready to board the ferry to Belize.  We've had our passports stamped, given our passports to the lady at the ferry when we bought our ticket, and now we all line up as our names are called to once again be checked in to board.  The Honduran style of inefficiency remains with us to the bitter end.  Even after a 2.5 hour ferry ride, which was calm, beautiful and breezy, we arrive at Mango Creek, Belize to go through their immigration and still have to endure another 1.5 hours of sitting and waiting.  I have no complaints, however, because I know that Honduras is behind us for a few months and we are moving on to a new leg of our journey. 

We finally get through immigration, take the ferry another 15 minutes to Placencia, and walk to find a hotel.  Our first stop is Omar's Guest House - shabby lodging with shared bathrooms, but affordable enough for us to agree to stay one evening so that we could get rid of our packs.  They are way too heavy, and it's incredibly hot at this time of the day.  We lock our things in the room and walk to find a new place for the next few nights. 

We are instantly reminded of the reason we love Placencia - the entire little town is right on the beach, with one long sidewalk stretching through the hotels and restaurants.  There's a road on the other side of the sidewalk, but you rarely need to be near it unless you want to go to one of their few grocery stores. 

We check out a few other hotels, the next morning we settle on Julia's Guesthouse.  We stayed here a few years ago with a couple we met traveling through Belize, and we knew it would be worth the extra expense to have our own kitchen.  Food and drinks can be a bit pricey, but we are content cooking our own meals.  We also find it convenient to buy a bottle of rum and some mixers - saves on bar costs, and you don't feel as guilty about drinking at noon while sitting on the beach or in the hammock on our porch - since it doesn't cost quite so much.  ;)

So, it's day 4 in Belize.  We've managed to successfully do nothing besides swim in the ocean, lay by the beach and read in a hammock. I talked a local into showing me how to open a coconut (thank god we brought our machetes!), and I made us a most delicious meal of pineapple-coconut curry last night.  See - still learning more culinary skills as we go along!! 

We check out tomorrow morning, and we're moving on to San Ignacio for a little bit more of a jungle adventure.
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Donna Whiteford "MOM" on

wow, what a day can make......so you are in Belize and it looks wonderful. So a picture of you and Jason, great! You are so tan and the coconut looks wonderful. I bet it is......continue to enjoy yourselves and this trip. This is starting to look like a real trip of enjoyment. Love ya, MOM

Elaine Law on

Yeah, you're there!!! Finally relaxing on a beach, drinking rum, eating/cooking with coconuts. Soo glad you are enjoying the beach and that you arrived safetly. We bought a phone card. Can we call your cells?????
Love you both, Mom (Elaine)

Jack Law on

Hey Guys, It's easy to tell, both from your words and the pictures, that you're happy to get out of Honduras. Enjoy every day, and remember for every couple you meet who have traveled more than you, there are many more who've never even left their home town. You're doing great, and have many more years, if you choose to travel as much as you want. Love Dad.

Kimberly Law on

Ummmm....can you still be there when I come to visit????

kissthejourney on

wow wow wow Placencia is so beautiful, I was thinking me and my friend would visit hopkins village to take some Garifuna drum and dance classes, and experience the Garifuna culture. hmmmm this sure make me think of hitting this destination too though.

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