11 September, 2009

Belizin' It

Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Dennis and I flew into the Phillip Goldson International Airport just outside Belize City and made it through Immigration and Customs as usual. We lost one of the 10 bags along the way, but it will be shipped to the Placencia Airport in a day or so. From there, we flew on a 12 seater to Placencia with a stop at Dangriga. I took the next 3 photos with my cell phone from the airplane. This first one was taken as we approached the Dangriga Airstrip.

This one is the approach to the Placencia Airstrip. As you can see, the Placnecia Pennisula is quite narrow.

In this shot, we are turning around at the end of the runway, and yes, that is the shadow of the wing on the road (on paved in the last month or so) that the truck is driving on.

We went by boat on the 45 mn trip down to our place in South Englishtown, population doubled by our arrival.

Friday, September 11, 2009
Yesterday, Sue, Chris, Dennis and I got Richard (our caretaker) to take us by boat on the 10 min trip to the dock on the north bank of the Monkey River. Chris and Sue leave their truck with our friends Martha and Sam, who live almost at the end of the road near the dock. While Sue went to get the truck, we unloaded our overnight bags to start our trip to Belmopan (the capital) and Belize City (the former capital, and only actual city in the entire country of less than 300,000 people). Our plan was to stay for 2 nights at the Education Center that is associated with the Belize Zoo while we took care of business in the city and did some shopping in the village of Spanish Lookout and Belmopan. We did our shopping at Spanish Lookout before we got to the zoo. As we drove into the Education Center, we were met by John, the zoo manager, who told us where our cabanas were. We had pondside cabanas with lovely verandas. In the pond were fish, turtles, and crocodiles and some lovely plants. Those photos will come tomorrow.


  1. It all sounds very exciting Wilma; and busy too. lol
    How long will you be there for?

  2. We will be here until Sept 22. There is always more to do than we have time for. Internet is a little hard to come by, especially when on the road, but I will post as often as I can.

  3. Hi Wilma, sounds like a fantastic trip in the offing, and crocs in the pond, have a great time.

  4. So glad to get your first hand reports - we've had to postpone travel plans to Belize for a year, but I am sure you will be wetting the appetite even more.

  5. Steve - it was a fantastic trip that was too hard to come back from!

    Chris - you really must get there. It is too good to pass up.

    Bhavesh - thanks for visiting and for the nice comment.


Blog Readers -- your comments are invited. I would love to hear from you.