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Trip Report Trip Report Cayo, Placencia, Ambergris

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1st stop was back to Duplooys Jungle Lodge for several days. It was as we remembered it from 16 years ago. A new bird watching sky-walk has been added which was fabulous. Great birding. Really love this lodge and this area. Great food and lovely staff and got to visit with Judy Duplooy also. During this time, we had dinner at Chaa Creek Lodge which was lovely, a little more formal than Duplooys; and visited with our friend Cheyna at Clarissa Falls for some great milkshakes and tacos and tubing down the Macal. Also went to Saturday market in San Ignacio which was very interesting. Had hand-made pupusas and ate at a table with a group of Menonites.

Drove on to Placencia. It is a wonderful drive down the Hummingbird Highway, absolutely beautiful through the orange groves. They were harvesting and pulping at the pulp plants and the aroma of oranges was heavenly. Really a very good drive, good road. Stopped in at Hopkins on a very bad road--one of the worst we were ever on. It was Sunday and I think we missed everything--we really could not find the inn or other places we'd been curious to see. Not a great impression, but the ocean looked great. On to Placencia which was lovely--stayed down at Placencia Point. The art festival was really fun--thanks to Katie Valk for posting in advance about it. It sounded as though locals felt it was very successful in the fundraising. Favorite places to eat--of course Tutti Frutti, Rumfish, the upstairs Italian restaurant, but all time favorite was Maya Beach--ate there twice. Yes, the pumpkin green chili soup is really that good!! Went out to snorkel trip to Ranguana, which was gorgeous. Unfortunately got an ear infection from water in ear, had to go to the local clinic, which was like a step back in time, but I felt very lucky to be seen by the very efficient nurse on call. Got a prescription, got it filled above the grocery store.

Back up to Belize City to turn in our car. Crystal, by the way, is an excellent place to rent a car from--very efficient. Mad rush from there to catch the ferry to Ambergris. It was a funky, cloudy day, but the crossing was fast and not rough. I will do about anything to avoid flying, but it really was a nice trip. Stayed at Blue Tang, which was a wonderful surprise in how pleasant it was and how perfectly located. It had been a toss-up whether to stay at the Tang or Victoria House and we made the right choice for us. Excellent staff and got to meet the owners. Highly recommend the Blue Tang, love the roof-top sunset deck. We had a beautiful sunset on one side and the full moon on the other side. It doesn't get any better than that!! Had great snorkeling trips and Dh went fishing several times and really enjoyed it. We were pleasantly surprised how much we liked Ambergris--had not gone there on our previous trip. Great food at Mango, Blue Water Grill and Hidden Treasure. And the golf carts were fun.

All in all, an excellent trip, was very hard to leave.