It’s a refreshing change being in a place with people our own age. It’s unusual. We always find ourselves with younger people. But here in Placencia, Belize we fit right in; fabulous fifties, retired, North Americans, English speakers.
Placencia is both a true expat village and a North American snow bird village, where Canadian and American retirees are in abundance.
I’m really enjoying this colorful little Caribbean village. My favorite town in Belize. It has a very local vibe
despite the expat community. There are significantly more expats than short-term visitors, but still there are many options for lodging for short-term. Our Airbnb “Ally’s Guesthouse” is great.
It’s a perfect chance for us to get the feel for what it would be
like to settle somewhere for six months of the year or longer – something we see as possible in the future. I could spend half a year here. Not much to not like about this place.
Placencia has the best beaches we have seen in Belize; warm water, white sand and clean – despite the sargasso grass that seasonally washes on shore.
As usual we cook in our Airbnb, but Placencia has a nice variety of restaurants. Our favorites so far include Mr. Que for BBQ where we had a full meal for $5 USD, Barefoot for toes in the sand beers and De Tatch for seafood. Hands down the best meal has been Rumfish, where I unexpectedly had the most delicious beef short ribs. We also love the coffee at Above Grounds and Brewed Awakening, the ice cream at Tuttie Fruitie, and the cinnamon
rolls at John the Bakerman.
Our Airbnb is about a mile from the farthest end of town, but the walk is easy and along the way are several excellent grocery stores, many other shops and all the restaurants mentioned above. Placencia is flat as a pancake, so it’s a great place for cycling, walking and a daily run. But on the other
hand, not a great place during hurricane season.
There is a concrete boardwalk that runs the full length of town, set about 100 yards from the beach. The boardwalk runs through a colorful collection of beach cabanas, shops and restaurants. It’s my favorite place in Placencia.
Though we have spent most of our time doing nothing more than
reading and swimming, Placencia has great options for sailing, snorkeling, diving, kayaking and more. We don’t have a car, and you
don’t need one unless you want to get out-of-town to the Mayan ruins, waterfalls, hiking or other beaches. For us, our time here in Placencia is just to relax.
The locals are a mix of Garifuna, Maya,and Spanish descent. Placencia population is about 3600. Everyone is friendly and helpful. It’s a very laid back and casual culture. Not a day goes by that I have not been offered to buy marijuana. ‘Hey Mon – one love for da road, dis day? Sista like da weed?”
No thanks. I get high everyday just being on this Fab Fifties Life journey. Thanks for following.
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