Placencia, Belize

Chilling in Placencia, Belize

I thought it was hell that was supposed to be hot, but I’m truly in heaven and it’s damn hot. I’m not complaining, don’t get me wrong, but it’s very hot indeed. I spent most of the morning in the water, just trying to cool off. Hot and gorgeous here – here being Placencia, in the south of Belize.

Placencia, Belize

Placencia, Belize

We flew in from Caye Caulker to Belize on a tiny 12-seater plane. We shamelessly threw ourselves to the front of the queue in order to ensure a good seat for the views, but this unladylike behaviour was definitely worth it. It was a beautiful day, and we got excellent views of the Cayes, the towns and the jungles. It was such a treat not to have to travel by bus, and we would have paid good money for the scenic flight alone.

Placencia, Belize

Our taxi driver told us that he has lived in Placencia all his life. It used to be 12 houses, one road and no lights. They were a small fishing village that also processed conch. Then only in the late 90s it began to become more developed as tourism became popular. I asked him if he thought it was a good thing – he certainly hesitated a moment before saying, “well, I make money out of it!”. But like everyone we’ve come across, he was very friendly and very laid back and chilled.

Placencia, Belize

I soon felt like a local.  Because of the heat, all walks are slow, laid back and relaxed.  The stunningly beautiful beach is only metres from our room, then once on the beach the only view is endless turquoise water straight ahead, palm trees all around us, with some beach cabanas dotted discretely amongst the palms.

Placencia, Belize

Placencia itself is a tiny town perched on the end of a long narrow peninsula. There is only one road, but there is a network of footpaths between the road and the beach where the majority of the town is situated. Essentially you can walk everywhere barefoot. Including to the bars for happy hour. We’ve already discovered the local “Barefoot Bar” and the local specialty cocktail, called “the panti ripper”. It’s made from coconut rum and fresh pineapple juice and is surprisingly delicious.

The days are very easy here. Reading, swimming, lunch, chatting to other travellers from all walks of life who are doing the same thing. Then rousing yourself so that you make it to the Barefoot Bar in time for happy hour.

It’s a hard life, but someone’s got to do it!

Placencia, Belize

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