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5. Re: Getting To Placencia from the Belize Airport

My first advise would be to detour around Belize City just because it's congested, confusing, and nothing to see until you get well way from the coastal plains

The airport is in Ladyville, about 10 miles northwest of Belize City. It's closer and much faster to turn left on the Northern Highway and then left to Burell Boom, then south to Hattieville and right on the Western Hwy.

You don't want to take the Coastal Highway as it is very rough gravel and rock and not scenic. Continue on the Western Hwy., hopefully stopping at the Belize Zoo, and then on to Belmopan (the capital city) and turn south on the Hummingbird Hwy. which is paved and in great condition. There's lots of turns and a few one-lane bridges as the road skirts the edges of the Maya Mountains, but it's faster and the scenery is beautiful.

You can stop for ice cream at the Mennonite settlement of "Over the Top" where you cross over the mountains.

As you get closer to the coast, the mountains fade away and you go past some orange juice processing plants and then before you get to Dangiga you will turn right on the Southern Hwy. There's not much to see or do in Dangriga. It was settled by Garinagu (Black Caribs) who never tried to develop tourism.

Continuing south on the Southern Hwy. you would eventually turn left on the road to Riversdale and then right to Placencia. The road deadends on the Placencia peninsula. It's a great beach area and fairly close to interesting places like Punta Gorda, Mayan ruins, wildlife viewing, etc.

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