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One week later……Hurricane Who???

One week later……Hurricane Who???

One week ago,  Hurricane Earl landed a direct on the eastern side of Ambergris Caye, destroying or heavily damaging nearly 90% of all the docks.  Although this little island community was devastated, there are great signs that things are improving and trying to get back to some sense of normalcy.  Most of the companies have moved to the back docks on the lagoon side and have started rebooking fishing trips, snorkeling tours and party catamaran cruises.        www.islanddreamtours.com          Having been invited by some…

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Ranguana Caye…….Best Day Ever!!! | placencia day trips

Ranguana Caye…….Best Day Ever!!! | placencia day trips

Everyone in Placencia had told us about taking the day trip to Ranguana Caye.  A “must do” while in Placencia.   Ranguana Caye is a private island located about an hour from the downtown Placencia pier.   A great daytrip for snorkeling, kayaking, paddleboarding or just relaxing in the beach hammocks.  Lunch is provided in the fee and Billys Beach Bar provides cocktails and beer at an additional charge. Only taking a small group from the village each day, you ensure the privacy…

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Hurricane Earl was not as nice to San Pedro ! | hurricane earl

Hurricane Earl was not as nice to San Pedro ! | hurricane earl

After the storm passed through Placencia, we heard that San Pedro on Ambergris Caye was heavily damaged by the fury of Hurricane Earl. Having been in Placencia when the storm hit, we were without electricity, making it difficult to get an accurate take on how the rest of the country had weathered the storm. I fly from Placencia, with stops in Dangriga, Belize City, and Caye Caulker, before arriving in San Pedro.  The island of Caye Caulker; a smaller and less populated island near Ambergris Caye also suffered damage to…

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Goodbye Earl !

Goodbye Earl !

Placencia was Blessed! After a very rough night, windows boarded up, rain pounding for hours, hurricane Earl turned north where the full force seemed to have hit near Belize City and northern regions of the country.  Preparations were made throughout the village as everyone prepared for what turned out to be a Category 1 hurricane.  By mid afternoon, most people settled and just waited.  Preparing for the worse, but praying for Earl to be kind to this beautiful piece of…

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Earl is Coming….and he doesn’t look very nice! | Belize Hurricane

Earl is Coming….and he doesn’t look very nice! | Belize Hurricane

So we’ve been in Placencia four weeks now, so excited about our new place.  Although there have been construction delays, we have had a great few weeks.  The people are so welcoming and you immediately feel at home and we absolutely love the area.  The weather has been perfect.  Sunny days, a little rain overnight, cool breezes in the morning. Then…..Earl wants to pay a visit to this beautiful little country.  As the rumors of bad weather started floating around…

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We did the “Hokey Pokey”……

We did the “Hokey Pokey”……

When you arrive in Belize, your passport will be stamped and you are given an immigration card, which is valid for a maximum of 30 days.  If you decide to extend your stay, you must go to the local immigration office to obtain a new stamp, pay $25 US.  You can continue to obtain a new stamp for six months at this price, then the next six months the price increases to $50 US. So,  about now, you are probably…

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The Pickled Parrot & Placencia Beach Olympics

The Pickled Parrot & Placencia Beach Olympics

  Having been in town now for a few weeks, we are meeting some great people.  Locals who have lived here their entire lives, tourist who are only in town for a few days, and expats who have made this quaint village their new home.  It’s amazing how they work together to give back to this community. Having found this wonderful little bar and grill just off the Placencia Sidewalk;  The Pickled Parrot, we are quickly feeling welcomed in the community  and…

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Placencia Beach Bars

Placencia Beach Bars

While in Placencia, you will not find the enormous influx of tourist, especially in the low season.  Another of the many reasons I’m loving this area.  However, you will find some great beachside restaurants and bars.  The employees are friendly, the beach is sandy and the beer is cold.  What more could you want on a hot , breezy day in this beautiful beachside village.  Three in particular are tucked together on a great stretch of sandy beach, just off the…

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Daily lessons….lettuce on Tuesday ! | placencia belize

Daily lessons….lettuce on Tuesday ! | placencia belize

Lessons in Belize! I’m learning lessons each day…..some small, but nonetheless important, others large and very critical to an extended stay in this small country. Large lessons…… Belize is hot!  After being here awhile, I’ve noticed the streets become quite abandoned during the heat of the day.  Locals tend to stay indoors and tourists are tucked into local beach bars or in the nearest pool. Having learned this lesson with our new bikes…..ride early in the morning, or late in…

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Exploring on Sunday!

Exploring on Sunday!

Unlike Ambergris Caye, where the main mode of transportation is golf cart, Placencia does have a number of cars, delivery trucks and personal vehicles.  However, bicycles are a very important part of life in this small village.  Most expats living in the village for a portion of the year purchase bikes.  Living in Placencia, a bike can easily transport you to any of lifes necessary locations in a carribbean beach town……restaurant, bar, beach, fishing pier, grocery store.  What more do you…

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