Our last day in Belize (tear) started out very early.
We set our alarm for 4:45am so we would be on the road by 5:30am back to Belize City. (The drive was roughly 4 hours). We wanted to allow plenty of time for A) getting lost, as I had mentioned Belizeans aren’t fans of road signs at all, B) filling up our gas tank before we dropped it off at Hertz, C) dropping our car off at Hertz, and D) checking into our flight and going through customs. Our flight was scheduled to leave at 11:20am. I will note, I was a little concerned about driving for 20 minutes or so in the (what I assumed would be) dark since drivers in Placencia drive crazy during the day, I was a little unsure what it would be like in the dark (without any streetlights or traffic lights). Fortunately, I was worried over nothing as it was light by the time we were on the road.
Our drive back to Belize City was pretty uneventful. We did misread the (poorly) described directions I had printed off from Googlemaps once and accidentally went through the town of Belmopan when we weren’t supposed to. The map said take a right at a roundabout, but there wasn’t a roundabout anywhere to be found… Despite that we arrived at the airport in plenty of time!
Checking into our flight and going through customs was pretty seamless. Once we were through airport security we promptly headed to the only coffee shop/restaurant in the small terminal and got some breakfast: coffee, ham and cheese breakfast sandwiches (one of each for us), and a meat dumpling (for Tommy). So good! We also did some last-minute shopping at one of the airport gift shops, Tommy bought a t-shirt and I bought a Christmas ornament.
We had a stopover in Miami (again) where we had to go through U.S. Customs control and I had almost forgotten how long that process can take (it had been awhile since I had traveled internationally after all!) All in all it probably took about 1.5 hours or so. Our time was definitely shortened as we didn’t have any items to declare and we didn’t get stopped for extra security screenings.
As soon as we were done with all of that we headed to a pub to eat dinner before hopping on our flight to Washington, D.C. As I refused to believe our vacation was soon coming to a close, I decided to lengthen it out by ordering a (ridiculously priced) glass of wine to eat with dinner!
Pretty soon we were coming home to an incredibly happy baby named Violet! Thanks Belize for the memories. 🙂
- We would definitely go back to Belize. The next time we would want to go to San Pedro, which is an island. While we were on vacation a sorority sister (who I hadn’t talked to in years) reached out and made all of these recommendations of things to do in Belize. Turns out she has a condo in San Pedro. So after doing some research on the town, I immediately wanted to go there!
- We would certainly go back to Placencia. If we did, we probably would try a different hotel/resort. Singing Sands Inn was lovely, but the “technically having no-AC” is kind of a deal-breaker for us. We’d most likely want to stay at the Maya Beach Hotel, which coincidentally houses the delicious Maya Bistro.
- We didn’t have time to do this, but the next time we are in Placencia we would explore some caves, notably the ATM cave and possibly make our own chocolate at a local chocolatier.
- We would make sure to bring more paper money. While some places did take debit cards, others didn’t which sometimes made things more complicated.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful Wednesday!