I thought Belize was an island ! It’s in South America right? When and where are you going to put your truck on the ship?” These are just a few of the crazy questions I get daily when I we tell people we are moving to Belize. Not everyone but many don’t know where Belize is. But, I bet you many Belizeans could look at a map and show you where New York, DC or Los Angeles is. So to make the story sweeter after telling them about Belize, I’ll add that you have to drive through Mexico to get there. Then the conversation gets real dicey. But that’s another story in itself and you’ll have to stay tuned to enjoy our drive through Mexico. So for now lets talk about Belize and our drive.
It’s about 2,700 miles to our final destination of Placencia, Belize C.A. from Augusta, Ga, USA. I googled it, lol. Says it takes 47 hours. Google must think I’m a driving machine, but that ain’t happening. We plan to take about 2 or 3 weeks, taking out time seeing all the sites. New Orleans, Houston, Villahermosa, Oaxaca and more. Beside our Rovers don’t roll that fast. But we do want to get to Belize in time to see the whale sharks and enjoy the chocolate festival. http://www.chocolatefestivalofbelize.com/toledo.html
The Placencia Peninsula presents a microcosm of the best Belize has to offer. Over twelve miles of untrammeled golden beaches look out onto scores of enchanting cayes (pronounced keys). The world’s second largest barrier reef sits just off shore and beyond that more pristine atolls. It’s an ideal base for amazing diving and snorkeling – including our famous whale sharks, as well as world-class fly fishing and trolling. But marine attractions are only half the story. Across the Placencia Lagoon lay all the wonders of the southern mainland. The majestic Maya Mountains, cascading waterfalls, rushing rivers and the inspiring cities of the ancient Maya.
Located in the Stann Creek District, this small fishing village we find so enchanting and are looking forward to calling Placencia home. There are no traffic lights, no franchises such as McDonald, Starbucks etc. and we’ll have to drive 4 hours north to go to Wal-Mart in Mexico. Sounds like our kinda place. It’s laid back pace, friendly people, culture, flora and fauna, we’re looking forward to getting to know. Additionally we’re looking forward to discovering the Toledo District in the far south as it’s more remote, virtually undiscovered and rarely visited by tourist ( no offense to the people of Punta Gorda ) but we are fascinated by this region of Belize. So stay tuned and enjoy, and if you’ve ever taken a seriously long road trip, we’d love to hear about it.
Our journey starts Wednesday morning 2 April.