Thursday, January 17, 2019

Guest Blog - A quick adventure in Cayo - Bird Sanctuary, Rock Farm Guesthouse, and more!

Sue and Carlos are well known to our past guests, they occasionally will take side trips to check out other parts of Belize. Sue had one of these adventures last week in Cayo, and was kind enough to do a write up and pictures of your trip! Side note, a lot of people who live here find they have to make trips to Belmopan for paperwork, licenses, etc - and this is a great reason to extend your time, since you are making the trip anyway, to visit one of the many amazing, rustic to luxury jungle resorts. You can find a huge range of prices and experiences.

Thanks Sue!!


One of the perks of living in Belize, is that when we have a couple of days off we are able to enjoy other parts of this beautiful country.

We needed to go to immigration in the capital city of Belmopan first. We spent one night at Rock Farm Guesthouse. Which is also the home of Belize Bird Sanctuary. Only a 15 minute drive from Belmopan. It was the perfect place start. Having your coffee on the porch as the birds are starting their day is not only an amazing site, but the sounds they make are amazing to listen to.

Sharing breakfast with a chachalaca.
From there went headed to San Ignacio, a charming city in the hills of the Cayo district. We had a great time just relaxing by strolling down Burns Avenue where there is a nice pedistrian street with shops, bars and restaurants. 

Lunch at Guava Limb Cafe
Our final day we went on a wonderful pontoon waterfall tour with Jungle Splash Eco Tours. An amazing trip on the Macal River with stops to climb and swim in different waterfalls.

Our pontoon, complete with a bbq grill for lunch on the river.

Preparing lunch

We had a great time getting to know more of the country we live in and can’t wait to explore more in the future.

Flight from Belize City to San Pedro

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Top places to eat in Placencia, Belize, for whatever you are in the mood for!

These are the top places as rated by our guests!

Try Friends Near the Pier and The Shak, closer to the pier, have a great ambience - you can watch the pier at The Shak. Cozy Corner is about halfway down the sidewalk, it IS very cozy and has great views of the beach. Detatch also has heavenly beach views and is close to Barefoot. Aphrodite’s on the sidewalk and Buba Wuba’s on the harbor across the main road are also good options. We also recommend the breakfast burritos at the “Belize Mexican” stand near the police station. Merl’s Cafe is located farther south at the “point.” Wendy’s on the main road is also a good option. You can sometimes find light eats at Brewed Awakenings or Above Grounds
View from Cozy Corner
 The Shak
 Outside Above Grounds
 Friends Near the Pier
 View from The Shak
Our guest's favorites for dinner...
Higher-end options in town…
Rumfish - a classic favorite for the Caribbean deck and and amazing drinks.
Turtle Inn - Francis Ford Coppola’s tranquil resort - wonderful for a romantic or special dinner.
Wendy's - great people watching on their veranda - a classic, great fish.
Detatch - for the view and the fish.
Secret Garden is a classic favorite, and Yucatan Tacos is a new option with a great view of town.

More casual options in town…Dawn's - a great low key choice, classic local food.
Omar's - another classic favorite for local fish-they will even cook yours if you bring it.
Cozy Corner - great view and conch fritters.
Cha Chi's - great second floor live music and great pizza options- will even deliver.
Rick's - amazing organic food, wonderful chef.
Aphrodite’s - great people watching on the sidewalk, super fun ambiance!
Wine Bar - a newer wonderful option in the village, great cheese plates to start the night. 

**For some super casual food stand options- Sidewinders for subs and chicken, Lil Bites for great local food, Carmens for “fast food”, Mr Qs for local barbeque, Belize Mexican stand for burritos, or the Burger Joint for local burgers. Mim’s is right at the street and is amazing local food (try the stewed chicken) for a $5usd lunch. All can be found with a walk through the village.

Of course.....for dessert.....the famous Tutti Frutti, right by Rumfish and Cha Chis!
*Of course Barefoot BarPickled Parrot, and Tipsy Tuna, any night of the week! Barefoot’s lobster grilled cheese is a guest favorite.
**A little out of town, try: Dolce Vita - for great Italian and wine, located about 2 miles north in Los Porticos. Flying Pig for Spaghetti and Movie nights and great casual food, or Mariposa for great views on their second floor, and prime rib nights. Just out of town is the new The Pyramid House, getting rave reviews about their wine and views!
Cha Chi's and Tutti Frutti
 Heart of village
 View from second floor at Tipsy
 Beach outside Barefoot
 Carmen's fast food
 Lil Bites
 Carmen's menu
 Pickled Parrot
 Tipsy Tuna
 Eating on second floor in Cha Chis

Willing to drive about 20 minutes to Maya Beach? These are the favorites...
Maya Beach Bistro - one of the most highly-rated restaurants on the peninsula, for seaside dining - up in Maya Beach.
Naia - a newer resort, for a special dinner at "1981".

***Coming soon? Tranquilo is opening back up soon! This was a past guest favorite, under new management, but taking the short boat ride to the Placencia Caye and watching the sunset make this a super memorable experience!

If there are any I forgot please let me know!