Belize has so many oddities. Fantastic oddities like some land out in Ladyville (Belize City adjacent; where the International Airport is located) that is home to a working shrimp farm and restaurant…and a public pool with a little lighthouse tower that is a waterslide…and a paintball place that is unsettlingly close to a live ammunition firing range! It’s oddities like Captain Hook’s Shrimp Farm and Restaurant/ Lighthouse Bay Pool/ Adventure Zone Paintball that made our weekend wonderful.
Some of our Placencia peeps planned an overnight trip to Belize City for a friend’s birthday. You might remember Jack and Nina from this post about their Crepes and Churros truck; it was decided that Jack should be surprised with friendly fire for his birthday (and boy did we light his a$$ up!).
I had actually been eager to check this place out for ages! My Facebook friend, Robert Cooney, manages most of it and is always posting pictures that pique my interest, but I rarely get all the way up to the city so I hadn’t been by yet. First let’s talk about the paintball: Adventure Zone! This was awesome. They have 3 play areas to pick from; a huge junkyard style/ war-torn post-apocalypse field, a close-encounter bunker area, and a jungle zone. They set you up with guns and ammunition (we got hot pink pellets, heeeey) and have bins of surplus army fatigues to choose from. Face shields are passed out and a quick safety demo is given before you’re sent off to faux war. A good number of obscenities started flying as soon as the paint pellets began whizzing through the air—it doesn’t tickle when these things hit you, as our bruises will attest to, but what fun!
When our ammunition was spent (after a particularly sweaty and brutal round of every-man-for-himself-we’re-all-immortal) we headed over to the restaurant and pool to cool off and continue the party. I don’t know what went down faster—the cold beers or the guys on the waterslide. This spiral slide might look tame but oh my word! You really get some speed on this thing, especially if you use one of the smooth mats they provide! We were unprepared for how legitimate it was. The combination of Belikin and the adrenalin dump post paintball sent us all in to giggles watching the grown-ups in our group exit this slide. We were beside ourselves… in absolute stitches!
Lunch was lovely; they serve loads of shrimp, as you’d imagine, but seafood haters could get beef burgers or chicken tenders instead. The restaurant has an observation deck you can climb up to for a panoramic view of the farm. I hear this is a great spot for birders.
So, if you find yourself near Belize City or the international airport, you simply MUST check out this strange and wonderous property. What fun we had!