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Published: April 27th 2015
Dangriga is a small town and there is not much for tourists to do, in my spare time when I wasn't in the hospital we went down to the beach. The best beach by far in Dangriga is that at the Pelican Beach resort at the top of town. The sea here Is very warm and there isn't much sea grass, which seems to be present in most of the beaches on the Caribbean coast of Belize. It is also fairly wavy and when your down there you get a nice breeze, which makes the spot ideal for sunbathing. We tried lots of different street foods again this week and also spent a few hours in another little town about half an hour from dangriga called Hopkins.
Hopkins is a very chilled town on the coast and has a long, sandy beach along the front. There is only one road in Hopkins and that runs parallel to the river. On first impressions I didn't really like the town but I think that if I got to know it a bit better I would have enjoyed it more. The people were friendly, the beach was nice and the lunch we had
there was brilliant. We tried this traditional Garafunian dish called 'Hudut' which is BBQed snapper which is cooked in a coconut soup and served with mashed plantain and cassava bread in, it was very tasty and made Hopkins worth the visit.
On Friday we went to the Blue Hole national park which Surprisingly has a blue hole, it is so blue because it is a limestone based and it is in the middle of a jungle, the pool was really refreshing to have a dip in and the water was so pure and nice. The park also has a cave called Hermans cave which you can enter and walk 200yards without needing a guide. Ibe never been in a cave before so this was really cool, it was very dark and we needed flashlights but there was a river running through the cave and lots of stalagmites and other stony things which probably have technical names. The park has a few little walks through the jungle, so we went on one of them and didn't see any wildlife but had a lovely walk through the canopy of trees.
The park is on Hummingbird Highway which is a beautiful
stretch of road running from the Capital Belmopan to Dangriga. On the way home we stopped in Marie Sharps Hot sauce factory, this was an essential part of our visit as we have had the hot sauce with almost every meal and we wanted to get some free samples, have a look around the factory and buy some goods at cost price. It was really good as everything is grown on site (apart from 2/3 of the peppers which are sourced from Marie Sharp Farmers elsewhere) and the factory was small but efficient.
So there ended our stay in Dangriga. We then visited Placencia again for one night. Placencia or 'the Caye you can drive to' is one of my favourite places and it was really nice to spend a day and evening there. It's always sunny, the beach is great, the food is fantastic and i got a good vibe from the place. Unfortunately, I'm not the only one who has cottoned on to this and the area is undergoing massive development and this time in 5 years will probably be a big tourist destination.
So we have just arrived in the Deep South- Punta Gorda To
visit some Mayan villages, try some chocolate and do a bit of jungleing. Until next time.
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