Yeah we get a little excited when we see these old Landy’s still trudging alone down here in Belize. As an old Military outpost the country of Belize was full of them many years ago, now they are getting harder to find and prices for a good used one have been going up. The old Land Rovers were required if you were planning to get anywhere in the country as the road conditions here in Belize are very rough. Even in the present day, there are only four major roads, considered highways to get around. One road in particular we really love is the Coastal Highway. It’s neither a highway and does not run along the coast. It’s just bemusing to us that it’s even on Belize maps.
Anyway back to the story. As Land Rover enthusiast, we’re always on the look out to see if we can find some of the old British Military Land Rovers, as luck would have it we did. Not only did we hear about some old Land Rovers being spotted, but that they were in fact close by. So with enthusiasm we took to the road heading north of Placencia to Sittee River. Once we were in the area, we asked around again and were told we should go to the Sitte River Marina.
Just around the next bend and wow, it was like coming to Mecca! Not only were there 1 or 2 but we saw 4 and were told there were seven. Various models and years were represented and they all were running. We enjoyed spending our time talking to the guides at Sittee River Marina about all things Land Rover. Cool places to drive and explore via Land Rover in Belize were the topic of the afternoon. We also talked about some of the important ecology work that they are doing, cleaning up the trail to Davis Falls and Manatee conservation efforts. We were also told that soon they will have old Landy’s for rent should you challenge to take one into the bush. We know we’d love to. Even though we have late-model Discovery’s with A/C, Roof Top Tents, electrical power, and so forth, it’s just something about driving an old Landy through the bush.
We would like to thanks Bryan and the crew for showing us around. We’ll be back! Maybe next time we can have a Land Rover Parade.