Last week, we showed you day 1 of PlusNews’ coverage of a media familiarization tour hosted by the Belize Tourism Board. The purpose of the trip says the BTB, was to have the local media experience what the foreign press and travel agents do when they visit the country. In addition, to show Belizeans some of the options available for a vacation right here at home. Day 2 took the group to the Placencia Penninsula; here’s how that went.
After an eventful day exploring the Lamanai Archaeological Site, the remainder of the BTB sponsored media familiarization tour, was spent in southern Belize. On Thursday night, the crew and I checked into the Laru Beya Resort situated in Placencia Village. And it’s no coincidence how the resort got its name – as Laru Beya, which means “On The Beach” in the Garifuna language, is an full-service hotel nestled along the golden sands of the Placencia Peninsula. The self-indulgent suites offer stunning sea views and calming indoor commodities and peaceful seclusion. After getting some shut-eye, it was off to Silk Caye the following morning, accompanied by the Splash Dive Center. It was an adventurous afternoon – half of the group went snorkeling, while the remainder went fishing. Now I’m not accustomed to sea water, so I opted to go the dry route – fishing. The big catch of the day came from the Government Press Office’s Dorian Pakeman, while the other fellas to reel in a catch were The Belize Times’ Benjamin Flores, The Guardian’s Shane Williams and Evan Young from the BTB. We had a quick lunch on Silk Caye and then headed back in. However, not before one last spontaneous stop on the seas, where we sat back and enjoyed the tropical breeze and the awe-inspiring sea creatures. After some down time, we were whisked some five minutes outside of Placencia Village for a little sightseeing at Chabil Mar Villas. Chabil Mar houses nineteen luxury villas and one honeymoon suite. Its premiere location affords guests the pleasure of biking, kayaking or golf riding. After touring the resort, we settled down for some complimentary drinks and food. Next, we were on our way back into the heart of the Pennisula for an ice-cream escape at Tutti Fruiti of course. Now you didn’t expect us to go down south and not indulge in some of the swankest cold snacks the area has to offer. It was the perfect ending to an exploratory day, as we had an intimate dinner at the renowned Maya Beach Hotel and Bistro – winner of the 2012 BTB Restaurant of the Year. The food? – Magnifico, and the accommodations are just as sweet. Lodging at the resort is simple and relaxing, that’s because its chief aim is to provide a one of a kind outdoor experience ranging from a walk on the beach to all-inclusive excursions. Excited as we were about the day’s escapade, a new adventure awaited us come dawn. Reporting for PlusNews, I am Shadel Young.
Stay tuned for day 3 and 4 of the tour.