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Where is Belize?

 

Belize is located south of the Mexican Yucatan peninsula (where Cancun is located). It is a about a 2-3 hour flight from Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami and 5 hours from Newark.  Continental, American, Delta, and US airways fly into Belize International Airport daily.  As well, direct service on a 5-hour flight is now available on WestJet from Calgary and Toronto, and on Air Canada Rouge from Toronto.  An alternate way to get to Belize is to fly to Cancun and then take a connector flight from Cancun to Belize City International (Phillip Goldson) Airport on Maya Island Air ( http://www.mayaregional.com/  ) or Tropic Air.

Where is the Placencia peninsula and how do you get to the house?

 

It is about 165 miles from Belize City to Placencia by road (80 miles as the crow flies).
Placencia Peninsula is located on the south mainland of Belize. Maya Island Air Regional   http://www.mayaregional.com/  and Tropic Air  http://www.tropicair.com/   have flights into the Placencia Airport almost hourly during daylight hours from Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport in Belize City.  Alternatively, you can rent a vehicle in Belize City (at the International Airport) (We suggest Crystal Auto Rental), and make the 3 hour drive to Placencia.  The major highways are paved and in excellent shape, though there are some sharp turns and single lane bridges as you go through the mountains. [Please be aware that locals walk along the highway throughout the night (usually dressed in dark clothes) and are very difficult to see; as well, the roads can be treacherous at night or in the rain.]  From the airport, you make a left turn on the Northern Highway, go about 10 km, make another left turn and follow the road, going past Burrel Boom Village, then the prison, to Hattieville where you will join the Western Highway by making a right turn at the traffic circle.  Follow this road west to Belmopan (you will pass by the Belize Zoo on this road - well worth a stop if you have time - it takes about 1 1/2 to 2 hours to see!).  When you get to Belmopan, take this left turn (south) at the traffic circle which puts you on the Hummingbird Highway through the Mayan Mountains.  You do not actually have to go into Belmopan but will go through two additional traffic circles, each time ending up in a 'straight' direction. Just before Dangriga, you will turn south (right) onto the Southern Highway. In about 20 minutes you will make a left turn (well marked) around a circle onto a paved highway towards Placencia. This road is recently paved so is in fantastic shape!  Just watch out for the 'sleeping policemen' (speedbumps) throughout!. Follow the signs directing you towards Placencia.  From there you keep going until you reach Riversdale, where a tight right turn curve directs you to Maya Beach and Placencia Village. Our house is almost exactly three miles down from that curve on the left side, and between the 11-mile and 12-mile markers. The house is an pumkin-ginger colored house identified with a garage door in the center at ground level with large wooden beams cantilevered out and supporting the roof.  The is a small caretakers house in front of it, with the same color scheme. A concrete wall, also in the same paint scheme, with tile artwork of geckos on the front runs along the front of the lot.  White painted tires mark the driveway and the gate has flying pelicans in silhouette on it.  If you are flying into Placencia Airport, you will be coming from the south and the house will be on the right about 8 miles north of the airport.
 
****ALWAYS drive with your Driver's License - there are often checkstops in front of the Police Stations or elsewhere and they will arrest/fine you if you don't have it with you.****
 
Even though the Coastal Road appears to shorten the distance, we DO NOT RECOMMEND IT, as it is gravel the whole way and is impassible at certain times of the year.  When it can be driven, the quality is reportedly so poor that you can only drive a few km/hour!

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