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#274209 - 03/26/08 12:20 AM Driving time
lakegirl Offline
Hi everyone,

Just got back home froma trip to AC and I am already thinking about next year!!! We are thinking about driving from Belize City to Placencia and wondered a couple of things.

How long of a drive is it and how are the roads?

What car rental company would be the best and how to contact them?

Ok maybe one more thing!!!

Where to stay when we get there?

Thanks everyone this is the greatest board!!

#274229 - 03/26/08 03:25 AM Re: Driving time [Re: lakegirl]
dabunk Offline
Placencia Road can be from mediocre to horrible, depending on the time of the year. Driving time for someone who has never done it before will be about 4 hours, watch the speedbumps along the way, they are killers. I recommend Crystal Auto Rental, not the cheapest, but some of the most reliable vehicles I have seen. My personal favorite is Barnacle Bills in Maya Beach, small secluded and quiet. And some of the nicest beach in Belize in my opinion.

#274239 - 03/26/08 05:52 AM Re: Driving time [Re: dabunk]
Marty Offline
Placencia road not too bad now, drove it today. new paving to begin in May. 25 mph pretty much max today in small car. Maya Center to Maya Beach took about an hour & ten minutes

#274359 - 03/27/08 02:38 AM Re: Driving time [Re: Marty]
lakegirl Offline
Thanks for the info, next year we are planing to stay 2 weeks and see some of the mainland!

How far is Maya Beach from the main "town"? That may sound like a stupid question but we have never been there and on the map it looks very spread out!!!

Would you rather stay outside the main part or right in town?

dabunk, what is Barnacle Bills like? Any other places you may have stayed?

Thanks again!

#274362 - 03/27/08 02:56 AM Re: Driving time [Re: lakegirl]
dabunk Offline
Maya Beach is about a half hour or less drive to Placencia proper (the end of the road) I prefer to stay outside of town and go in when we want to. I much prefer the quiet of Maya Beach, there is a small grocery near by and Barn's place has fridge, stove and coffee pot, all the amenities I need, He has two cabanas right on the beach. I have looked at many other places, but always stayed there. Barnacle posts here every so often, mostly pictures, and he is a great host.

#274437 - 03/27/08 06:42 PM Re: Driving time [Re: dabunk]
catdance62 Offline
Marty, they say that EVERY year, don't they? I'll believe it when I see the equipment on the road!

#274443 - 03/27/08 07:39 PM Re: Driving time [Re: catdance62]
dabunk Offline
Maybe Marty wants to get in on the chicken feet pool with Barn. What are the odds now, 5lbs of chicken feet to one?

#274445 - 03/27/08 07:47 PM Re: Driving time [Re: dabunk]
Barnacle Offline
guess what marty,, it rained hard and long last night.
after a few days the road will be it's usual self.
i heard a rumor you were in the hood!!

lakegirl,, 'town' is 8 miles from Maya Beach. the airstrip is about 5 and once there it is paved the last 3!
you can take a bus one way and a cab the other. unfortunately the bus schedules makes it tough to go both ways by bus.
you can find a list of accommodation's in M.B. here,

edit: we tell guests that are driving that the trip will take 3- 3 1/2 hours from BZ city.
from M.B. to placencia is about 20-30 minutes.

Edited by Barnacle (03/27/08 07:50 PM)
Edit Reason: drive times

#274460 - 03/27/08 11:59 PM Re: Driving time [Re: Barnacle]
lakegirl Offline
Thanks dabunk and Barnacle for all of the great info, that's one of the many reasons I love this board.

The drive sounds like it would be a great adventure and Maya Beach sound like it may be pefect for us!!

Barnacle, do you have a bar there or would we need to stock the fridge?!!!!

#274463 - 03/28/08 12:22 AM Re: Driving time [Re: lakegirl]
Barnacle Offline
no bar at our place,, just seems that way sometimes!
Mango's is a short walk north and a few feet further, the Maya Breeze Inn has a new thatch umbrella on the beach they sell booze at. plus all the restaurants sell drinks.
just let us know and we stock all you need, food and booze.

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