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Published: February 2nd 2015
Veranda of our Condo
Sunset Pointe Condo's Placencia, Belize
We arrived in Placencia yesterday at 5:00 after a 2 hour wait on the tarmac in Houston, thank you United Airlines. It seems the oxygen bottle for the flight crew was empty, and we waited for maintenance to bring the new bottle for an hour and a half, and another half hour for them to install. United Airlines pilot repeatedly came on and apologized for this seemingly ridiculous oversight, with phrases such as "we are very sorry for the delay, and we are highly embarrassed", which did nothing for the mood of the passengers. Even worse was the announcement for "the flight attendants please take your seats" when after another 1/2 hour we still hadn't pulled away from the gate. When we arrived in Placencia, at 3:45 p.m. it was a totally different story. We were rushed off the plane and hurried through check in to the small inter-island airlines Mayan Airlines, for a one stop flight to Placencia, stopping first in Dangriga to drop off passengers. The runway in Dangriga is so short that the alarm on the little 10 seater plane beeped when we off took off because the plane barely cleared the tree tops. The cab driver who
The Lagoon is on one side of the Condo and the ocean is on the other.
picked us up at the Placencia airport must have been in a hurry too, as he was passing people all the way to our condo on single lane roads that a camel would have had a hard time navigating. When we arrived at Sunset Pointe we were all ready to jump out and kiss the ground.
When we got inside the condo, which is quite nice, we found out the air conditioning was out in the bedroom facing the ocean. We also determined on the cab ride in it wasn't a "couple of minutes to town" as advertised by the condo owner, more like a couple of miles round trip. What the hell........................this trip wasn't starting out as expected. So we went to bed, dog tired I might add, and hoped things would look better in the morning.
They did. We awoke to beautiful sunshine, wi-fi, and an offer from the owner to let us use her car since the air conditioning wasn't working in the back bedroom. Whew, now we have wheels when we need to go into town, and being out here on the point is looking a lot better than it did yesterday.
Dave and Donna Rink
Our traveling companions.
what do we think of Placencia. It's is quiet, uber laid back, and the people are the nicest, friendliest people we have ever met. Last night the caretaker for the condominium coplex (Francisco) took us into town to get groceries, followed us around the supermarket showing us where things were and waited while we unpacked them. Then he drove us to a great little grill called RumFish to get dinner. It was raining when we were getting ready to leave, so our waitress Clouida, said, "I can drive you home, if you'd like or call someone to come get you." When is the last time someone made that offer to you in the States without you thinking, "they are going to kill me if I get in the car with them." Today we were approached several times today by locals suggesting we go to this establishment or that establishment to watch the Super Bowl as it was known as a favorite watering hole by some of the ex-pats who lived in Belize. We spent a relaxing day by the pool and the walked down the road to Paradise Resort to have a little dinner, a few drinks and watch the
game. It was great sitting at the end of the dock under the palapa watching the Super Bowl on t.v. and enjoying the company of other travelers, wish I could say the same for the way the game ended, which was not so great.
As I write this I'm sitting under a palapa on the "widows walk" on the roof of our condo. The wind is gently blowing, the temperature is about 72 degrees, and the scent of the salt water is ever present while the waves gently lap the shore. This is paradise my friends, truly paradise.
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