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Hi to All!
Just to tell you a bit about me. My husband and I have been coming here to Belize for almost 7 years and we love it here . We reside here in Placencia of and on and live in a condo here. We have made many friends here and great travelling and exploring the nature and different customs and culture and the foods. The warm weather with its ups and downs of the rain and wind and yes the sun . This time will spend a warm Christmas here with having lots of visitors to share this time of the holiday season. So much for now from this little place in Belize till next time . Cheers your member Ellen

Will be in Placencia next Friday.  Can I buy you folks a cocktail and hear your input on the area?  Am driving down the coast looking for a place to settle.
Thank you!

I can't decide between Placencia or San Pedro Town...has anyone been to both and if so, which one do you think is better?

Good Morning, there is no road going down the "coast", towns along the sea can be reached by taking Hummingbird Hwy. Be cautious of speed bumps in villages, buses, narrow bridges, and pedestrians.

I know that.  Simply meant coming south.

sloputtputt :

I can't decide between Placencia or San Pedro Town...has anyone been to both and if so, which one do you think is better?

Will have one opinion later next week!

sloputtputt :

I can't decide between Placencia or San Pedro Town...has anyone been to both and if so, which one do you think is better?

The two places are so different, that one really needs to spend some time in each to decide.
It really comes down to personal preference between a tourist oriented area accessible only by boat or plane, or a more laid back village environment accessible by road, plane or boat.

GuidoBisogno :
sloputtputt :

I can't decide between Placencia or San Pedro Town...has anyone been to both and if so, which one do you think is better?

Will have one opinion later next week!

I am looking forward to your response.

Will The Old :
sloputtputt :

I can't decide between Placencia or San Pedro Town...has anyone been to both and if so, which one do you think is better?

The two places are so different, that one really needs to spend some time in each to decide.
It really comes down to personal preference between a tourist oriented area accessible only by boat or plane, or a more laid back village environment accessible by road, plane or boat.

In your opinion, which one do you like better and why?

Well, so far it's entertaining a lot more development.  Seems construction is everywhere from small to large projects.  Lots more traffic since cars can get here.  People are just as nice.  Will know more when it quits pouring!

The evening activities are about the same.   The biggest difference I've  found is the beach.   When we were in San Pedro there was crud washed up on most the beaches and grass growing along the shore which didn't encourage swimming.   The beach here is a huge, beautiful crescent of lovely,  clean sand and the typical mini  surf.  I like that you can drive here rather than rely on ferries and airplanes.   Roads seem to be in better shape too.

Health care is best in BC so access to it may be important. San Pedro is more expensive but does have more amenities. San Pedro water taxi to chey gives better access to Mexico which will be important for health care and shopping.  Anytime you have a reef you will have limited surf, that is pretty obvious.  Swimming in San Pedro is often done from docks. Placencia will have better access to mainland stuff.  This stuff is all obvious when you look at Belize on gmaps.

We have lived in both and currently stay in Placencia, as it's slower and seems to fit out needs when looking for a more relaxed pace.  We purchased on Ambergris Caye a few years ago, used it for family vacations  and rented when not there.  Now we have retired and have chosen Placencia to spend out retirement.  We Love it!!

I have a blog and website, just posted an article posting my experiences with both Ambergris and Placencia.  Here's the link if you want to check it out.  Best of luck in your search!

www.blog.lessonsinbelize.com   Blog link

www.lessonsinbelize.com            Website

Really great blog on the comparison!   Wonderful writing.  I think that yellow boat is still at the dock this morning with more piled on the decks!  Had breakfast at the Shak there and enjoyed the view and atmosphere.   Seemed to be a fun run in progress.
Drove down to Punta Gorda and realized that wasn't somewhere I want to be so back up to Hopkins tonight.  Great dinner at the newer Frog's Point.
Off to San Ignacio tomorrow then Caye Caulker for the first time.

Mommy2all6,
I enjoyed your blog and comparison of Placencia and San Pedro. Your idea that everyone's happiness is based on their own reality aligns with mine, and that what appeals to some people about SP are the exact same things that make Placencia more appealing to others. Many people ask me what is best for them. All I can say is, "check it out for yourself. You will decide".

Just an observation for if you want to spread your word to a larger audience. I would have shared your article onto my billdoesbelize site or Facebook Page, but it doesn't have any social share buttons. Something to consider if you would like to reach more people.

Great post, keep up the good work.

We did the same thing with Punta Gorda.  Drove down for the day and unfortunately it was Sunday, so nothing much to do.  The stores and markets were all closed.  The drive was beautiful, so we enjoyed that.
I Love San Ignacio area!!  My son is actually there for a few more weeks on an internship working with the organic markets and farmers in Spanish Lookout.  He has had a wonderful experience and has met some awesome and inspiring people.  Nor sure if you've been there before, but dont miss the Saturday market downtown and the BEST restaurant we have found in any of our travels.....GUAVA LIMB CAFE!!
It is awesome and great atmosphere to hang out in the shade overlooking the park! 

Looks like lots of new things going up in the Hopkins area.  When we were looking in Placencia our realtor said that is definitely the area to invest in.  Im amazed at how fast new things are going up in Placencia, definitely not many deals left that I can see.  Lots are near 100k on the lagoon side!  Seems high, but things are selling.

Safe travels.....enjoy!!

Thanks for the info......Ill get my "tech guy" ( that would be my hubby..lol)  to fix that for me.  Thanks for sharing.....please check back in a couple days, it should be there!
Ill check your out too!

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