Category - Placencia

funky laid back beach town

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Our Daily Morning Forage in Placencia
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Home Sweet Home- Our First Place in Belize
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Up and down the Placencia Peninsula
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Get your motors runnin’ in Belize
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Horseback Riding and a Waterfall- Day Trip from Placencia
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Call me the Coconut Queen
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Adequate amenities
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Placencia- suprises around town
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Placencia’s beaches and bars
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Seeking our place in the sun- looking at potential locales for our move to Belize

Our Daily Morning Forage in Placencia

Free food! That’s what I see when I’m walking around the village, scoping out coconut trees and ogling the abundance of mangos scattered everywhere. There are plenty of fruit trees I can’t identify.   And others that I’m not brave enough to try like the cashew. Apparently the cashews have an oil that gives you something along the lines of poison ivy when handled. The nuts need to be carefully boiled and baked before they’re edible but the caustic fumes from the process can damage your lungs. Yikes!…

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Home Sweet Home- Our First Place in Belize

Our rental house here in Placencia is perfectly situated in the middle of the village (north to south) and back on the lagoon. It’s at the end of a quiet residential “block” (really a dirt, gravel road), but directly across from Dawns’ restaurant on the main road. It’s an up/ down duplex and we have the bottom floor. The yard has a big laundry line which comes in handy because we do a LOT of laundry here! Like I don’t even understand how we make so much laundry…

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Up and down the Placencia Peninsula

We rented motorcycles from Alternate Adventures in Hopkins and took the easy ride down the Placencia Peninsula via the Southern Highway.     We learned the nightclub, Street Feet, opened nearly a year now is doing a lively business. We also asked about the big construction happening just next door and learned it was going to be a mixed-use space of offices, maybe some residential units, and a bonafide movie theater- whoa! Eugene was nice enough to store our helmets for us so we could enjoy a walk…

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Get your motors runnin’ in Belize

One of the things I was most excited to do on this year’s trip to Belize was renting motorbikes from Motorbike Rentals and Alternate Adventures in Hopkins Village, Belize. We got our motorcycle licenses back in the fall in preparation for the trip.  We figure this is a good investment in our future because when we move we will likely NOT be getting a car and if we did splurge on motorized transportation it would be in the form of a motorcycle. Gas is very expensive (more than…

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Horseback Riding and a Waterfall- Day Trip from Placencia

If you can pull yourself away from the beaches and bars for a day you might want to take an excursion up the peninsula because there are some beautiful sights to see on the mainland. We took a horseback riding and waterfall excursion one day with a Canadian couple and a guide who had spent half his life living in California but had returned home to Belize a few years ago.  We took a short van ride inland (maybe 45 minutes) to a private ranch owned by relatives…

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Call me the Coconut Queen

Placencia! The beach, the beach bars, the shops, the restaurants… we love this town. We also love coconuts and they’re abundantly available for the picking all along the beach. We tracked down a local guy known as The Coconut Man to get a lesson on the delicious staple. He’s easy to find; look for him on the beach in the morning harvesting coconuts and fronds or around the bars in the afternoon selling his nifty woven hats, baskets and beer koozies. I learned how to select coconuts from the…

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Adequate amenities

So I’ve covered that Placencia has first-rate drinking water and superb beach bars, but there are also plenty of other amenities that residents and visitors can enjoy and that’s what I’ll be outlining in this post. Lots of grocery options! Firstly, for anyone looking to stay somewhere longish-term, you’re going to want to know about the grocery store situation. I wasn’t sure what to except. We had been to a little town in Costa Rica a few years ago that didn’t have a market within walking on biking…

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Placencia- suprises around town

A cool surprise we discovered while wandering aimlessly around the residential streets: an actual Atlantic City Jitney! Why is this Jitney here? I was seriously tempted to knock on the front door and demand an explanation. I didn’t of course. I like to think that the owners are New Jersey natives and they bought the old jitney on the cheap when the Jitney association switched from the iconic powder blue minibuses to the new “green” and white ones that run on compressed natural gas in 2010. Having bought…

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Placencia’s beaches and bars

So Placencia is cool, I mean really cool, and it’s pretty damn easy to get to if you want to shell out the cash for a Tropic Air flight from Belize City to the little air strip just north of town… which is exactly what we did. It was about a 20 minute flight on a little 14 passenger Cessna- the type where they distribute the passengers in the seats based on their eye-ball assessment of your weight. FUN! If you know me, or have had the distinct…

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Seeking our place in the sun- looking at potential locales for our move to Belize

In February we went to Belize for a 9 day vacation/ reconnaissance mission. We were scouting potential towns that we might end up moving to. You can learn PLENTY about the Belizean towns that draw tourists and ex-pats by simply searching the web. There are tons of reviews on sites like Trip Advisor and tour operators have tidy little descriptions of different areas on their websites plus you can find at least one ex-pat blog for whichever district you’re interested in. Phil and I did loads of internet…

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