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Highest rated excursions, restaurants, and activities in Placencia, Belize, by our guests…updated!

Remax Vip Belize : Barefoot Bar
In no particular order….these restaurants, excursions, and activities are the ones most consistently highly rated by guests as their best memories in Placencia, Belize!

(images are a mix of my own pictures and pictures from facebook and google!)

Restaurants:

Tranquilo…..takes the #1 spot right now. Between Geof’s hospitality, the beautiful sunsets, the great food, and the fun little boat ride, this is a very unique and vacation-ey way to spend an evening. Many of our guests go back multiple times!

https://www.facebook.com/TranquiloPlacenciaCaye

Remax Vip Belize: Tranquilo Restaurant

Rumfish–Always a crowd favorite with John and Pam being great hosts…..the food and the pre-made awesome drinks make everyone happy πŸ™‚

http://www.rumfishyvino.com/

Remax Vip Belize: Rumfish

Secret Garden--the sleeper! Our recent guests have RAVED about how great their dinners have been and how much they have enjoyed the tropical garden setting.

http://www.secretgardenplacencia.com/secret_garden_placencia.html

Remax Vip Belize: Secret Garden

Maya Bistro–When guests make it up to Maya Beach, they love the Maya Bistro…still considered one of the best!

http://www.mayabeachhotel.com/tag/bistro/

Remax Vip Belize: Maya Bistro

Turtle Inn–Mondays and Thursdays there is an Indonesian 16 course dinner for about $32 us…..our recent guests had their rehearsal dinner there on the beach. For an additional $25 us, Turtle Inn will set you up with a private table on the sea, with a private server and tiki torches…..awesome for a special event!

https://www.coppolaresorts.com/turtleinn/food-drink/the-mare-restaurant

Remax Vip Belize: Turtle Inn

De’tatch–another crowd favorite. Their atmosphere for breakfast, and their awesome fish, make this pretty much a multiple outing restaurant for most guests.

http://www.seasprayhotel.com/detatch_cafe.html

Remax Vip Belize: De'tatch

Tiger–Don’t overlook this place….we took guests here who said it was the best Indian food they had ever had! Worth the 10 minute cab ride, such an exotic atmosphere too.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tiger-Beach-Club/1432713346995283?sk=app_254084314702229

Remax Vip Belize: Tiger

Sweet Mama’s–Thursday night Garifula drumming at Sweet Mama’s-Robert’s Grove–Our guests have had a BLAST dancing along to the Garifuna drumming, and Sweet Mama’s has awesome barbecue for less than $10 us. Robert’s Grove will also even pick you up to take you there if you call in advance!

https://www.facebook.com/placenciabelizeresort

Remax Vip Belize: Sweet Mama's

Excursions:

Monkey River/Barebones Tours–Percy from Barebones Tours has gotten rave reviews from our guests. He had Jack Hannah on his tour and our guests raved about their experiences!

http://www.barebonestours.com

Remax Vip Belize: Monkey River/Barebones Tours

Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve–You get to do rainforest hiking, waterfall swim, river tubing, and rock slides all on one tour! Doyle gets consistently high rating and people say this was one of the highlights of their trip….

https://www.facebook.com/dtourz

Remax Vip Belize: Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve

Silk or Laughingbird Caye Snorkeling–Two of the famous cayes in Placencia…about 30-45 minutes away, Laughingbird Caye you will see lots of coral and tropical fish–possibly a nurse shark or two! At Silk Caye you can swim with turtles the size of cars, 8 foot sting rays, and lots of nurse sharks! Our guests have had great experiences with all the tours, including Splash, Nite Wind, Pirates Point, and Ocean Motion.

Remax Vip Belize: Silk or Laughingbird Caye Snorkeling

Spear Fishing/Mayan history–We recently met Mark from Cayequest–highly recommend him as a tour guide. He is kind, funny, and interesting, with a ton of stories and insights. He does a range of tours, including one our guests recently went on, where they got to snorkel, fish, and watch as Mark speared a fish for their lunch! He also has a highly rated chocolate tour, Marie Sharps tour, and more….

http://cayequestadventures.blogspot.com/

Xunantunich Mayan Ruins/Inland Blue Hole--Trip N Travel recently took our guests to Xunantunich and the Inland Blue Hole tour. The drive is LONG…over 2 hours…but you do get to see a lot of Belize on your way, and Xunantunich is the best Mayan ruins in Belize. The drive back is made shorter by stops for ice cream, the Inland Blue Hole, and a couple other surprises!

http://www.tripntravel.bz/

Remax Vip Belize: Xunantunich Mayan Ruins/Inland Blue Hole

Cave’s Branch Cave Tubing–Ian Anderson has private land less then 2 hours away, and there is a great cave tubing/Mayan history tour where you can even touch 1500 year old Mayan pottery fragments! Our guests had a great experience and this is recommended…

http://www.cavesbranch.com/belize-cave-tubing

Activities:

Fusion Beach Pool--Becoming a guest favorite, walk to the beach out front, take a left, and walk a few minutes on the beach to Fusion Beach. It is a Miami-beach style pool and bar. The view is incredible, great music, relaxing, and wonderful mojitos and small plate food!

https://www.facebook.com/fusionbeach

Remax Vip Belize: Fusion Beach Pool

Belize Ocean Club--always a favorite, BOC offer Sunday pool parties, free kayaks and paddleboarding, and now they have movies on the beach on Saturday nights! They even offer free shuttles from the village…

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Belize-Ocean-Club/147461978762029

Remax Vip Belize: Belize Ocean Club

Tutti Frutti gelato…another classic favorite of guests….100% happy customers and you can walk there from CBC! They are #1 on TripAdvisor!

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g291977-d1092180-Reviews-Tutti_Frutti-Placencia_Stann_Creek.html

Remax Vip Belize: Tutti Frutti gelato

Tipsy Tuna/Barefoot Bar–these two beach bars are the highlight of the beach bar scene here. Day and night, these two places are a guaranteed fun time. They often have big screens on the beach for sporting events, live music, games, horseshoes, and great happy hours. They advertise their daily activities on chalkboards throughout the village, these are always a can’t miss! (2 minute walk from CBC!)

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https://www.facebook.com/BarefootBarPlacenciaBelize

Remax Vip Belize: Tipsy Tuna/Barefoot Bar
Remax Vip Belize: Tipsy Tuna/Barefoot Bar

Kayaking and biking--it is always great to take advantage of free fun, and at CBC we offer complimentary bikes and kayaks for guest use. You can kayak over to Tranquilo, or to Placencia Caye, and bike as far North as you can, stopping at many of the places listed above! here are a couple of our guests enjoying the kayaks…

Remax Vip Belize: Kayaking and biking
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Why go outside the US for a beach vacation???

Remax Vip Belize: Outside the US for a beach vacation
I am currently in the area of St Pete/Clearwater, Florida, to visit with family and friends, and it has made me think–is it worth going outside the US for a beach vacation?? I will try to put together an unbiased list of what seem to be the pros and cons of each, to help you decide if it is worth it for YOU!What is awesome about staying in the US for your vacation? (Note, some are really obvious:) ) Please enjoy the recent pics I have been taking of the Florida beaches as you read πŸ™‚ (and some stolen from google to enhance certain opinions :))

–You don’t need a passport of course!

–You can generally get to your place in a couple hours at most, more cheaply than flying internationally.

But you might sit in traffic more.
Remax Vip Belize: You might sit in traffic more

–You kind of know what to expect….less stress in packing and planning. You KNOW you are going to see the Wings store, a Margaritaville type restaurant, mini golf, movie theaters, chain restaurants, CVS, etc.

Exotic McDonalds.
Remax Vip Belize: Exotic McDonalds.

–You can pretty much count on knowing that the place you stay will be up to first world expectations.

Probably has hand rails. And rules about not feeding the birds.
Remax Vip Belize: Not feeding the birds

–You can be pretty assured that you will be comfortable and have everything you need in a short distance, including emergency services.

–You can probably do it pretty cheaply and know that that 2 star hotel will probably be ok πŸ™‚

Remax Vip Belize: 2 Star Hotel

–It is not as hard to find traveling mates as it is just not that much of a commitment.

Not a secluded beach.
Remax Vip Belize: Not a secluded beach

–Beach vacations in the US are pretty clean, well organized, and are so used to having tourists that you can feel pretty safe and secure about your experience whether you are going to Myrtle Beach.Hilton Head, etc.

Remax Vip Belize: Myrtle Beach.Hilton
Remax Vip Belize: Myrtle Beach.Hilton

–No major planning ahead of time, you can pretty much picture the whole trip before it happens (if you have had even one beach vacation, you get it. You know what they look and feel like.)

Remax Vip Belize: Beach Vacation

–No dealing with customs or that long trip, long lines, being uncomfortable at times, that scary feeling when you show up at an international airport and don’t know what the hell to do next, having to learn a new way of doing things, feeling rigid and or dumb the first time you do anything πŸ™‚

Remax Vip Belize: International airport
Remax Vip Belize: International airport
Remax Vip Belize: Beach Playground

Ooooook. SO given all that comfort, familiarity, low stress, why go somewhere else???

Note–sometimes the trip I described above is exactly what we are looking for. Not every vacation needs to be an exotic, crazy experience. But, here is what I have learned about why it is TOTALLY WORTH it to push yourself a little! (also note, I am using a beach vacation in Placencia as my comparative place πŸ™‚ )

–Let’s start with something shallow.You can drink on the beach! No one cares! In fact it is encouraged! You can drive in the back of a pick up truck while drinking! You can walk to the village with a beer from your house in your hand! This is just FUN and feels like you are really doing something somewhere fun.

Remax Vip Belize: Beach vacation in Placencia

–Along with that freedom….getting a sense of different culture is invaluable–even with less restrictions and rules, you realize that everyone is still alive. You are likely to see parents with their kids on the handlebars of their bike, kids running in the streets, small children selling things…and yet, you see happy smiling people who are doing just fine. You may have a realization that it is damn exhilarating to jump off the top of the booze cruise you are on, or not wear your seat belt, or think FOR YOURSELF about what level of risk you want to take.

Remax Vip Belize: Damn exhilarating to jump

–This can lead to….pushing your comfort level–being uncomfortable is one of best ways to grow and feel competent and confident! The world can really open up when you realize you can figure it out and get along in a completely different world.

Recent guests dancing to Garifuna drumming
Remax Vip Belize: Garifuna drumming

–The expansion in your brain that happens when not knowing exactly what to expect—-from a restaurant, store, excursion, driving etc. I don’t know about the rest of the US, but I notice that we tend to do a LOT of the same experiences over and over again (chain restaurants, amusement parks, predictable activities.) When you find yourself, say, hiking in a jaguar preserve in the dark, tubing through the jungle, climbing a Mayan ruin, tasting something totally unfamiliar at a street stand….with no frame of reference….sometimes one starts to think for themselves about what is enjoyable for THEM instead of following the recipe we grow up with.

Getting out of a river through the jungle, at midnight.
Remax Vip Belize: River through the jungle

–Can I repeat this…..the same old chains and stores and predictable experience GETS OLD and mind numbing!

Remax Vip Belize: Wings H Ermit Crabs

–It is refreshing and exhilarating to do something new….do you remember even eating the last Applebees or TGI Fridays dinner? You’ll remember eating at a roadside stand, served Gibnut (a kind of rat.) from a lovely Mayan woman!

Note: I would not eat this.
Remax Vip Belize: Would not eat this

–Something you can’t buy….smiling and connecting to someone totally different than you… makes you feel better about the world!

Remax Vip Belize: Smiling and connecting to someone

–You learn more about history and geography, in the most memorable ways, by traveling then by any sort of school or reading!! (IMHO.)

–You certainly get a sense of how privileged we are after visiting less well off places—we are just swathed in comfort and safety. Why leave it? You can’t buy being more worldly and having a greater perspective, and how this helps us become more wise.

Remax Vip Belize: History and Geography

–One of my personal favorites….instead of Busch gardens or Disney, you can see real historic treasures like the Blue Hole, Mayan ruins, the coral reef, see the way people actually do live in one room houses on stilts, see the actual banana farmers working, walk through a real jungle, etc.

Remax Vip Belize: Blue Hole, Mayan

–There is something really priceless about being less scared of things, including feeling lost/stupid/incompetent, like everyone does the first time they do something!

–When somebody says whats new….what a great conversation starter!! You can have a reason to talk about awesome places you are thinking of going and get great ideas from other people doing the same thing. People might actually WANT to see your vacation photos!!

Remax Vip Belize: Canada's Wonderland

–I have LOVED my vacation here, and especially connecting with people I care about. BUT……everything I can do in Florida I can do in Cleveland…it is warmer, salt water, etc, but the feel is the same.***

Remax Vip Belize: Loved my vacation

***Note. I have also LOVED having first world conveniences….I have taken full advantage of all of them…..I AM very comfortable and I am loving it!!! I am appreciating the way I can go on autopilot a bit here…I just don’t want to make a habit of it πŸ™‚

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How a beach wedding in Placencia, Belize looks!

Remax Vip Belize: Beach wedding in Placencia
We just finished what has been the most busy and fun 6 weeks I think I have ever had! We have had a large group of friends from Cleveland come to Placencia, one for a “babymoon”, one got engaged on our beach (see beach wedding below), another was going to get engaged here but the ring wasn’t ready (!!!), capped off by me having a visit with family in friends in Florida, only to return home and have the nearly newlyweds waiting for an awesome wedding week!

Remax Vip Belize: It's Party Time
It was our first attempt at a beach wedding. I have to admit, it almost felt too easy to plan πŸ™‚ Granted, there were only 4 of us :). Some of the highlights…..the rehearsal dinner at Turtle Inn, where for an extra $25us, they provide you with a private table on the sea, with tiki torches and your own server! It was incredible! Some pics of that…
Remax Vip Belize: Rehearsal dinner at Turtle Inn
Remax Vip Belize: First attempt at a beach wedding
We used Barbara from the Placencia Rotary for the officiant. She was incredible! We all felt that her words made the ceremony SO meaningful! We had another Rotarian, Donna, as our camera person, and a huge thanks once again to our Sue and Carlos :), stepping in and helping with last minute everything! And, little Sticks was the ring bearer, and he actually came down the aisle (ish) like he knew what he was doing!
Saying the vows with Barbara…
Remax Vip Belize: Beach wedding in Placencia
Remax Vip Belize: Beach wedding click picture in Placencia
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Β Some pretty shots throughout the ceremony….
Remax Vip Belize: Pretty shots throughout the ceremony
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Remax Vip Belize: Bride Broom Click pictures in Placencia Beach
Remax Vip Belize: Bride Broom Lovely pictures
Remax Vip Belize: Bride Broom  in Placencia Beach
Remax Vip Belize: Pavilion in Placencia Beach
HUGE thanks to Jeff and the staff at Tranquilo….they provided us with an AWESOME tasting menu a few nights before the ceremony…..then went all out with decorating an awesome table for us. Jeff did a few personal touches that were so incredible……he used to be a wedding planner and it shows! I HIGHLY recommend talking with him if you are here for your wedding! Pics from that part of the night….
The boat ride over, how fun in wedding gear!
Remax Vip Belize: Boat ride over, how fun in wedding gear
Remax Vip Belize: Beide Groom
Remax Vip Belize: Lovely couple Dancing together
Remax Vip Belize: Congrats To Keith And Lacey
Remax Vip Belize.: Couple Dance
Remax Vip Belize: Keith and Lacey
One other thing that was so great was pulling the flowers right off the bushes! So easy πŸ™‚
Remax Vip Belize: So great was pulling the flowers
A couple other highlights that the bride and groom loved fro their week….they loved doing Xunantunich, the Inland Blue Hole, cave tubing at Cave’s Branch, and a very relaxing afternoon at Lost Reef Resort πŸ™‚
Remax Vip Belize: Highlights that the bride and groom loved
Remax Vip Belize: Inland Blue Hole, cave tubing at Cave's Branch
Remax Vip Belize: Relaxing afternoon at Lost Reef Resort
There are so many options in Placencia for a wedding, some upscale and some more down to earth:) It was my first destination wedding to attend, as well as help set up and it was totally unforgettable!!!! πŸ™‚ Now, the craziness is dying down……my poor dog slept for 15 hours yesterday….I wasn’t far behind! πŸ™‚
Remax Vip Belize: Hangover Cat Rehydrates