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 around town unencumbered.
We had lunch at DeTatch, a place that was recommended to us last year but we didn’t get around to trying.
The food was fine but the location is what really makes this place. Like all the beach bars in the village, DeTatch has wonderful views, a nice breeze, and a cool come-as-you-are vibe.
We then spent some time laying in the sun and walking the beach.
We then jumped back on our bikes and rode up to the posh Maya Beach Hotel and Bistro for a snack and more great views. It’s a small resort with a restaurant and bar on the beach. The Bistro is consistently rated as one of the top restaurants in all of Belize. It’s pricey by typical Belizean standards but worth the splurge for a fancy drink and innovative cuisine. They have a nice happy hour menu if you’re looking to get a taste of the good life without blowing your budget.
Close to Maya Beach Bistro and Resort we drove past Jaguar Lanes, a bowling alley that boasts a bar and “great pizza.” Further up the peninsula we drove past the mansions of Placencia Residences- seriously huge luxury homes here. We tried to enter the neighborhood for some pictures but the 24-hour security wasn’t having it and we were turned away at the gates (clearly we do not look like potential residents). Across the road, development on The Placencia- casino/resort/yacht club/spa/ etc. has all but stopped. It looked pretty much the same as it had this time last year so I’m guessing the developers ran out of funds to finish the extremely ambitious project.
We continued the leisurely ride back to Hopkins. We passed a banana farm on the way.
We took what we thought was a short cut through Sittee River to hit the gas station at the marina before turning the bikes back in for the night. Just to let you know, the turn off from the Southern Highway for Sittee River will take you to the marina but it’s not a short cut and some of the riding is pretty rough.
But all in all, not a bad first day of riding!