Mid-week of Spring Break we left Ambergris Caye and headed back to the airport to drop off our friend, Tim. Then came the grueling 3.5 hour taxi ride south to Placencia.
OK, so it wasn't that grueling. It was actually very cool driving through the jungle on the Hummingbird Highway. We passed through several small Mayan villages, and stopped at a surprisingly modern (and clean!) gas station to use the bathroom and stretch. Unfortunately I took no photos along the way… sorry!
We arrived in Placencia in the early afternoon and managed to find our second VRBO house with ease.
The location was idyllic. We were on a man-made canal, with access to the lagoon that separates Placencia's peninsula from the mainland. The VRBO provided kayaks, a canoe, and bicycles for exploring the area.
We never actually used the canoe, but Ted and I paddled the kayaks out to a tangle of mangroves, and I rode one of the bikes around town one day.
This VRBO, it turns out, was a little misrepresented online. There is an upstairs rental, and a downstairs rental.
Here's what we thought we were getting:
|A spacious, light-soaked environment.|
|A much smaller, darker, studio where we got to know each other real well.|
It didn't really matter since we weren't in Belize to sit indoors anyway. The backyard was plenty beautiful and an excellent place to relax.
|OK, so the hammock was not that relaxing|
|Our neighbors had sailed down from Rhode Island and had been there for a month.|
Almost everyone in Placencia speaks English (it's the national language of Belize), but amongst themselves most people spoke a form of pidgin English or Creole. I couldn't understand it, but many of the signs and billboards were written in this language.
The side of this truck, for instance, advertised its contents as "Dis da fi wi chikin!" And also, "Chikin fi uno real Belizean fud!"
Your guess is as good as mine.
We did have some excellent stewed chicken from a local place - I can't really call it a restaurant per say... We also had some tasty breakfast burritos from a street vendor and authentic creole grub at, where else, Omar's Creole Grub. Kristen ordered the barracuda steak, which was... interesting.
All in all, Ted and I liked Placencia a lot. Did we like it more than Ambergris Caye? Not really; it was just different. We would definitely go back there.
The next post will be my final post about Belize (I think). I'll share some photos and information about the flora and fauna of the country, as well as any leftover pictures that were good but didn't fit into any previous blog posts.