Category - Field Trips

excursions, adventures, activities

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Road Trip: Where to stop along the way between Dangriga and Placencia
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Ya’axkin Butterfly Farm at Maya Center, Belize
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Pizza by the Pool- Itz’ana Resort to become your family’s new Sunday tradition
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A poorly planned daytrip to Punta Gorda
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Looking for Lynam Prison- another Megan misadventure
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Inland Adventure- Thieving flowers with friends
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Cockscomb Basin Forest and Jaguar Reserve- with Kids
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Road Trip: Hummingbird Highway, where to stop along the way
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An Overnight to Belmopan and Agua Viva
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Caribbean Life for Kids

Road Trip: Where to stop along the way between Dangriga and Placencia

Road tripping to Placencia? Plan your drive with stops along the way. I wrote about must-see spots between Belmopan and Dangriga in this post: Road Trip: Hummingbird Highway, where to stop along the way. Now to continue south; where to stop on the Southern Highway between Dangriga and Placencia.

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Ya’axkin Butterfly Farm at Maya Center, Belize

About halfway between Dangriga and Placencia, along the Southern Highway, there is a community named Maya Center.  This village is situated at the entrance to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Reserve and Jaguar Sanctuary.  Clean and quaint and steeped in tradition, this living cultural center is a day-destination in its own right.  Shop arts and handmade crafts at the Women’s collective, speak with traditional healers and tour their medicinal gardens, learn how to process cacao the time-honored way on a chocolate tour, and sample classic Belizean and Mayan dishes….

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Pizza by the Pool- Itz’ana Resort to become your family’s new Sunday tradition

Itz’ana Resort, luxury hotel and residences, has just begun offering wood-oven pizza prepared hot and fresh to be enjoyed on the beach or beside the pool. You needn’t be an overnight guest of the resort to relish this experience, Itz’ana invites you to participate in pizza by the pool every Saturday and Sunday

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A poorly planned daytrip to Punta Gorda

I decided we’d jam down to Punta Gorda and have an unstructured, no-itinerary, kick around town and enjoy a nice seaside lunch.I should have planned our adventure because it was wholly disappointing. It takes about 2 and a half hours EACH WAY to drive from Placencia to PG. Punta Gorda at least has a good public playground.

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Looking for Lynam Prison- another Megan misadventure

I don’t necessarily go looking for trouble… but sometimes expeditions turn in to incidents. My friend Cindy doesn’t fully trust me to lead adventures. When I told her about an old, abandoned prison somewhere between Mayflower Bocawina National Park and Pomona village… she wasn’t overly excited.

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Inland Adventure- Thieving flowers with friends

I went on a grand adventure off the peninsula yesterday with friends. She wanted to collect some of those wild orchids that grow on other trees: Epiphytes! Orchids love orange groves. We found LOADS of them growing on orange trees throughout the Stann Creek district, south-central Belize.

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Cockscomb Basin Forest and Jaguar Reserve- with Kids

Cockscomb Nature Reserve is located in the Stann Creek district of Belize, in the eastern slopes of the Maya Mountain range. About 150 square miles of protected area was established in 1986 as the world’s only Jaguar sanctuary. Extensive trails, river tubing, and a small but informative welcome center all add to the natural beauty that abounds in this robust rain forest reserve.

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Road Trip: Hummingbird Highway, where to stop along the way

The Hummingbird Highway is about 50 miles of the most beautiful scenery you could ask for: mountains, valleys, rivers, lush jungle, and tidy rows of citrus fields. Connecting the capital of Belmopan with the coastal town of Dangriga, the Hummingbird Highway is the preferred route to reach the southern districts of the country from Belize City or the International Airport. With so many beautiful photo opportunities and dazzling points of interest; you should allow yourself a few extra hours of travel time—you won’t be disappointed! Here are my Top Stops along the Hummingbird Highway

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An Overnight to Belmopan and Agua Viva

The capital city of Belmopan is an easy and beautiful 2-hour drive from Placencia and while it isn’t a metropolitan center of art and culture, it is the hub of government offices and activities: Immigration, Department of Labor, the embassies, Ministry of Health and Education and whatever else you can think of.  If you’ve spent a long enough time living or working in Belize you have probably needed to handle some business in Belmopan. We’ve just returned from a trip to Belmopan.  “We” being me and Mitch and…

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Caribbean Life for Kids

In this mixed-up, restrictive, weird and wild world of 2020 he is finding joy in simple pleasures and growing his unique personality and talents. Even though regular school isn’t in session and border closures have squashed our annual travel plans to visit the grandparents; life isn’t all that different today as it would be otherwise for a little boy growing up by the beach in a village on the Caribbean Sea.

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