Getting Ready to Move On Once Again
12 February 2018 | Placencia Harbor
Very warm, sunny with a nice breeze, just about what the doctor orders
In a previous post I mentioned that Placencia is likened to Key West, but much less crowed. No cruise ships. In fact cruise companies approached the local government and were refused. The locals like their slow paced life, their dirt roads, their lack of streets crowded with tourists from cruise ships, unlike Belize City which I'm on record as saying SKIP IT!!
We've hooked up with cruisers we met way back in Isla Mujeres and we've connected with lots more from Canada, as well as the US. This is a cruisers heaven and haven. I've counted more than 40 boats anchored in the harbor; this is a jumping off or return to place from Rio Dulce, Guatemala, Roatan, Honduras or further south towards Panama. We are heading off to Roatan next Monday or Tuesday depending on the weather. It's a short overnight ocean sail and starting here in Belize we can sail south east staying far off the Honduran coast where some pretty nasty things happen. We will most likely check in at Utila Island and then after exploring sail over to Roatan. After that we'll sail to Rio Dulce, Guatemala via the northern route back toward Belize, again to avoid getting anywhere near the coast of Honduras.
Changing the blog direction for a moment. On our way to Placencia we stopped for a couple of nights in one of the outer Cays. One afternoon we were approached by a local with his wife and daughter in their small fishing boat. He asked if we would make a trade? What do you have in mind? These three lobsters for some coffee. All right, a no brainer. Alice gave them a couple of jars of coffee and we once again had food from the sea, lobsters with butter and wine. Not too shabby.
And one more.... I think I've commented about prices here in Belize. A quart sized bottle of good rum or vodka is close to $30 US so el cheapo Bob found a Belize Rum for $19. Yikes!! It smells bad, tastes worse and we've tried mixing it we everything we have to kill the smell and taste. It ain't happ'n. So the best use of this rot-gut is varnish/paint removing or killing fish by pouring it into the gills.
I suppose if you drink enough good stuff, you might be able to tolerate it but you get what you pay for, right? Live and learn.