Trip Start Jun 13, 2006
Trip End Jun 12, 2007

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Alex: After all the rushing we had done Placencia was right up our street. We set of from Flores at 5am (yuck) and didn't really expect to get all the way to Placencia in one day - we were wrong. The border was easy enough and we were on a "tourist" bus so didn't have to change, and the fact that Belize is English-speaking helped too. Our first bus change was in the capital Belmopan. I knew Belmopan wasn't the biggest city in Beilze but I was expecting a bit more from the capital - in England it would probably have counted as a small village, anyway we got some cash (the Queen looked incredibly young on the notes), and because we had gained an hour somewhere (which really confused us - you shouldn't gain an hour heading east!) got the bus to Dangriga with plenty of time and fortunately for my belly someone got on the bus selling hot pizza (selling food on buses is pretty normal here but its usually burritos etc not pizza - delight). The bus was great and stopped in the middle of the road as we passed the bus that would take us all the way to Placencia. The bus was the standard chicken bus i.e. old US school bus, and the road to Placencia wasn't really paved, in most places it wasn't really a road, more of a potholed track (it amused me greatly to see that someone had gone to the trouble of putting speed bumps on either side of a town - they were probably the flattest bit of road we came to!) so the last 40 miles of our journey took us 5 hours! That said we got to our destination at 3 which we never thought we would do.

Placencia has a grand total of 2 streets, one is "The Road" the other is "The Sidewalk" which has the dubious claim of being the narrowest main street in the world. It is just a half meter wide concrete strip with sand, houses and shops on either side, everything is set back though so it doesn't feel narrow at all and best of all - no cars! Placencia's big selling point is it is at the end of a peninsula/spit in the Caribbean - so you have the Caribbean on 3 sides - bliss. It was quiet season so there was us and maybe 10 other tourists in the place, the sea was warm and there was very little to do, just what the doctor ordered. We had a couple of days just eating, drinking Belikin (the local beer) and a bit of rum (just to fit in), sleeping, chilling out on the beach and trying (and failing) to understand Creole!

We bumped into Kieran and Julie some fellow Brits in the room next to us catching the same ferry as us to Honduras so had some travelling buddies, all good.

I would recommend Placencia but that might mean more people would go there and I loved that it was so small, laid back and quiet but I may have had a different opinion had we gone in high season!
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