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Jan 18, 2020 - Belize

Tiny Belize doesn't quite fit the mold of Latin America or the Caribbean, but proudly considers itself both. It was occupied by both the Spanish and the British. The British kicked out the Spanish in 1840 and claimed the area. It was known as British Honduras. It became independent of Britain in 1981. English (American English not British English) rather than Spanish is the official language and Central America's youngest nation dances to its own beat with a diverse and laid-back culture that encompasses Garifuna, Maya, Creole and Mestizo...

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Off to South America

Feb 12, 2015 - Placencia

Half the group went snorkelling and I was in the other half. Relaxing day with not much to say about it. Placencia is a tiny village with one main road and a board walk. There are quite a few local restaurants scattered around the beach and road but otherwise it is a quiet place to stop and relax. I spent the day between walks in each direction along the beach and up and down the main road, interspersed with lying on a sunbed on the beach. I found the water to be too cold so went in only up to my knees. I had a plain salad in the thatched...

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Feb 11, 2015 - To Placencia via Belize Zoo

Today we head for the southern coast via Belize Zoo and Lunch at Belmopan – this is a return down the highway I used to get to Belize. Our departure was delayed as already hinted at, by the driver requiring engine oil – he must have been really low as, instead of driving the bus to get it, our leader Wilfred, got on a bike to the local shop to bring two pints back. Why not the driver? Well, he is enormous, extremely obese and could not have got astride a bike let alone ride it. We had a long lecture from Wilfred on the animals in the zoo,...

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Feb 4, 2015 - Belize - Punto Gorda

Cant get the precise map location but am north of Livingston and south of Placentia. Best look at the Explore trip maps I loaded on Day 1 as they are clearer. This morning was able to book a hotel in Dangriga, 3 hours by road from here, and further up the barrier reef. It will be nicer to have that experience than lingering in Belize City, especially now I have read the trip notes – more on than in due course. I now have a Plan and at least have managed to insert an extra stop to make up for my lost days on the Pacific side. I had a lazier...

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Jan 22, 2015 - Placencia

Placencia is pretty much made for relaxation. The hotel where we are staying has free bicycles, kayaks, and snorkeling equipment. After breakfast, we got kayaks and started out to a nearby island. Inside the barrier the sea is smooth as glass, occassionally upset by a passing boat. I've been in lots of different boats before, but never a kayak. I looked kayaking up on the Internet this morning so I could at least have a clue about how it is supposed to work. I didn't turn it over in the middle of the sea, so I guess I'm good. On the...

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Jan 21, 2015 - Travel to Placencia

Today has been all about traveling. We packed up and grabbed breakfast in San Ignacio, then walked to the bus station. It wasn't long until a bus going toward the capital, Belmopan, showed up. As we rode along, I chatted with a girl from Southern Cal who is in Belize for a couple of years with the Peace Corps. We reached Belmopad in about an hour, stopping at about every intersection to let someone on or off the bus. At Belmopan we were fortunate to catch a bus immediately that was heading South. The driver told me we had two options. We...

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Nov 1, 2012 - Halloween in Placencia

Pickled at the Pickled Parrot Dumped in Belize city by our Guatemalan bus driver we legged it to the bus station to cram into an old American school bus. Our home for the next 4.5 hours. The seats were lumpy but the company was good. Alvin my 4 yr old friend told me ' In Silgrass the sun always shines' with a wide toothless grin and an accent nicked from a Malibu advert. Unfortunately we were off to Placencia instead but the chances were good it was sunny there too. Snack sellers popped on and off the bus selling banana bread, popcorn,...

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Aug 20, 2012 - We speak english here guurrllee!

First reaction of crossing the boarder into Belize was oh thank god! After struggling with Spanish and scam artists for the last four countries was a bit intense! Belize was a totally different story! Everyone was beyond laid back even starting with the boarder guards who could even take a bit of a joke!  We landed in Port George or Gordon, can't really remember as all the locals were even too chilled to say the full name and just referred to it as PG! The guard on the gate had a chat with us and (for once!) told us the cheaper and nicer...

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Jan 25, 2012 - Placencia

Today we said goodbye to Maya Centre and moved on to our next stop. Our visit at the little Mayan village was fascinating. Not many tourists bother to go to such out-of-the-way locations with very basic accommodations but for me, it will be one of the highlights of the trip. There were no more guests scheduled to arrive at Maya Centre for a few days so today Gregorio went to work on the family farm. He has to cut down the vegetation around the orange trees in preparation for harvesting. Another old school bus took us further south to the...

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Find Tom 4

Sep 24, 2011 - You betta BELIZE it

After our 3.5 week tour of Guatemala, we decided it was finally time to hit the next country on the list...Belize. After the most enjoyable travel day we have had to date (where successfully Peter bargained with the shuttle guys for about about a 10$ trip from Tikal to Belize City--saying we were out of money and then we each had our own row to stretch out and sleep!) we finally arrived to the beautiful, and very relaxing Caye Caulker. The island motto is "Go Slow" so for those that you know Peter, know he took full advantage of the laid...

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Dec 15, 2010 - Hammocks Rock....Day 15

Hi everyone this is nikki onn day 15 our family got the bikes and rode to a place called maya beach bistro. On the way we passed through a town called seine bight wich is a garifuna village. It is the poorest town my family has ever seen including my parents. They were tiny houses about the size of a large garden shed. They are all run down, tiny, dirty little shacks that has a family of probably alot (i have no clue but i know its more then one person for sure because its a family) if i had to be in one of these places for more then 1 hour...

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Dec 14, 2010 - MAYAN PEOPPPPPLLEE...Day 14

Hi everyone. Its nikki again. On this day we didnt do much. We biked into town. According to the guiness book of records its the narrorist main street in the whole world. There are tons of hilarius sighns. Its not the nicest town though. There are very few good restaurants, i didnt buy any clothes as i dont know if they are very good quality. I dont know bwpecause in out ppr first lodge chaa creek my luggage was left behind so i had to buy a few things. I bout some clothes from one store then i went to snother littke dtore to buy a pair of...

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