Belize was a trip me and my friend Anais decided on simply because we wanted to get away. No tours, no activities, just relax with scenic views. Southwest offers flights to a handful of places in the Caribbean like the Bahamas, Costa Rica and Aruba but Belize was one place neither of us had been. Side note: Southwest is now flying to Cuba and I’m trying to get there as soon as possible. Anyway, we booked a Thursday to Sunday trip and missed our flight by 10 minutes. Apparently, if you’re flying internationally you must be checked into your flight no later than one hour before it takes off. Do yourself a favor and learn from my mistakes. Luckily, the Southwest attendant who had to break the news to us was kind enough to push our flight itinerary a day forward at no additional cost and sent us back home with a Hershey’s kiss. Preciate it Matt!
Swimsuit by Forbidden Fruit Swim
We booked the Belize Ocean Club in Placencia, which is easily the nicest hotel resort in Placencia. Unfortunately, Placencia is three hours away from Belize’s international airport (a 2.5 hour flight from Houston). Placencia itself had great reviews for being a beautiful calm island which is exactly what we wanted. The sun set very early in Belize, around 6 p.m., so by the time our driver got us to the hotel we didn’t get to see much of the property. The staff was incredibly accommodating and got us checked in quickly along with . We had dinner and drinks at the restaurant overlooking the bay.
Bikini by KissRunway
The next morning we were able to explore but figured out quickly that we may have been a bit too literal in wanting to find somewhere relaxing. The property itself was beautiful but outside of the resort, there was nothing in walking distance to do which definitely took away from my experience. Although they offer bikes for you to ride, we would’ve been riding a long time before we got into the actual town. After lunch at the pool, we took a car into town ($20 each way) and it was….. pretty dead. I was at least expecting to hear music blaring and get a good sense of the culture from walking the streets but no, none of that. The restaurants we went into town to eat at were closed and there are only a handful of options. Luckily we met a local who was kind enough to show us around. So kind we ended up eating chicken, rice and beans with the rest of his family at a barbecue. Tipsy Tuna is popular bar that serves American food right off the beach. If you decide to visit you should definitely stop by. It’s lively, plays music and is where most of action in the town is centered around.
The next day we spent our entire day at the resort. We had breakfast and mimosas in their restaurant and had them make me a custom breakfast burrito (that was so bomb!) because I don’t eat eggs. They keep the windows and doors open and it was so nice and breezy. The pool was only a few feet away from the beach and they had a barbecue that day. The good thing is, the property is incredibly quiet after dark. The bad thing is, the property is incredibly quiet after dark. I know that I said I wanted to do nothing but the option of doing something would’ve been nice.
According to the natives, we came during a slow season which may have been our mistake for not doing much research. I would’ve liked more options for live music and bars, which you will find in abundance in San Pedro. Everything is priced similarly to the States and everyone in Belize speaks English so I wouldn’t worry about language barriers. I’m thankful I can even getaway and have the nerve to complain but honestly, almost everything about Placencia was mediocre. The weather, the beach, the food. But that’s okay, it’s a risk you take with traveling. Not everywhere you go will be paradise. I’m glad to be home, back to work and off to a new city this weekend. Follow along on my Instastories!