Day 5 of my friends’ visit and another DIY adventure: exploring the peninsula by golf cart. What a fun way to spend a day! When guests at Driftwood Gardens ask for vacation itinerary suggestions I always recommend carving out a day to explore the length of the peninsula either by golf cart (by far the most touristy mode of transport), or if they strike me as intrepid and motivated travelers- bicycle! Set out early and you can cover much of the 16-mile peninsula in a day but I would say it’s not necessarily worth going past Umaya Resort if all you’re looking for is some bar and resort hopping.
Because our group had completed Bocawina’s hard hike the previous day I decided I wouldn’t make them pedal and that we could rent golf carts from Captain Jak’s next door to give everyone’s legs a well-deserved rest. Captain Jaks (and their sister resort, Sirenian Bay) has the latest and greatest fleet of carts on the peninsula by far. Barefoot Services has a better monthly rental rate for a golf cart but for anything shorter you will likely go with the big dogs and rent from Captain Jaks. We got 2 four-seaters but you can rent six, or even an eight-seater cart. The stretch limousine of golf carts!
*Golf Cart Safety Tip: mind the bumps. The Placencia Peninsula has 30- yes 30!- speed bumps and humps along it’s length. Some bumps hit harder than others but golf carts are especially sensitive to these yellow bubble strips. You have to craaawwwlll over them, for serious! Basically, come to a full stop then inch over it painfully slowly. I see people learn the hard way about it all the time. The day trippers from the cruise ships were the worst; I saw two middle aged men hit one of these HARD in front of Mims and literally yeet their wives off the back. It was a sh!tshow! These women were laying on the road, their bags had spilled all over, traffic had to stop both ways while we (me and two children passing on bikes) helped them recover. There was skinned knees and elbows and maybe a broken marriage, I don’t know, but luckily no serious injury but there could have been so be careful!
We piled on to our carts and took off up the peninsula. First stop was Singing Sands for some fancy alcoholic coffees. This is a lovely little resort in Maya Beach with a super charming open-air restaurant on the beach. You can pop in for the day and get lunch and lounge around the pool or plan to enjoy a nice date-night dinner.
I wanted to hit Mango’s next but it was closed. I rarely get up to Maya Beach but when I do I love Mango’s, especially since Mr Q’s BBQ has moved there from their former location in Placencia Village- I miss that chicken! Mango’s is just such a comfortable place to hang out. It must have been thoughtfully built by someone who spent A LOT of time in bars- there’s always a hook for your purse and every stool has a place to rest your feet. My friends will just need to return to have some hot BBQ and cold beers at this place another time. Instead, we dropped in to the Green Parrot which I want to start frequenting for trivia nights and dinner specials. They nearly had their new dock bar ready to open when we visited.
We turned around and hit Sirenian Bay on the way back- you could happily spend all day here hanging by the pool or eating in the restaurant, playing mini golf or tennis and pickleball on their newly built courts. We sat around the swim-up bar and ate some snacks; it was a wonderful way to waste an afternoon! I’ve written about SB here before: when they hosted Mistletoe Ball, their mini golf course, and the new gym.