Redbull addict, KennyOuse, and Banyan Babe,
NOT TO MISS: Laughing Bird Cay
In July 2005 my wife and I, along with two other couples and two offspring, chartered an Athena (38 foot cat) from TMM in San Pedro for a 10 day cruise
. Our plan was to sail down the archipelago to Placencia, refuel and reprovision there, then sail back up the chain visiting the places we really liked or that we missed on the way down. Our plan held through the second day of our trip north when a hurricane
took aim at Belize and TMM told us not to go any further north until they gave us permission. The track of the storm finally veered north, sparing us a direct hit. While we were "hanging out", at the recommendation of TMM we spent some time at Laughing Bird Cay and fell in love with the place. It is one of their national parks and marine
preserves so the aquatic life provides splendid snorkeling. We spent hours snorkeling around one large coral head
on the west side of the cay.
PLACENCIA PLACE OF INTEREST:
Wendy's Restaurant (no link to Dave Thomas) serves substantial portions for very reasonable prices and the daily specials are usually great. Our impressions from five years ago were confirmed as still valid by another cruiser within the past two weeks.
BanyanBabe, If this is your first time to Belize I strongly recommend you forget a Blue Hole dive and the Rio Dulce trip. You would be much better off spending your valuable vacation
time enjoying places inside the reef. There are so many! We have heard mixed reviews
about the diving
at the Blue Hole, but have not yet had the opportunity to dive it ourselves. Too bad personal commitments preclude us from staying in Belize until May or we might be able to arrange a rendezvous (older son getting married on May 30 - how inconsiderate of him!). Unless there is a hurricane or tropical storm to upset the trade
winds, you will be pleasantly surprised at the consistent winds for sailing.
If any of you prospective Belize cruisers have any specific questions, feel free to PM me or posting
to this thread.