A Long Drive
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going to DRIVE to Placentia? But it's so far - it
be horrible.' This is what my friends
them I wanted to
to Placentia by car.
taking planes. Domestic flights
reliable and cheap and there
lots of them. So people
it a little strange that I wanted to hire a car and drive, what is only a few miles to the coastal town of Placentia. Besides, the road
" road, and it
the rainy season.
But the journey
horrible at all. The roads
in good condition, there
not much mud for part of the way and regular petrol stations (where petrol
less than water). There
even a roadside self-service restaurant between Dangriga and Placentia.
out of Belmopan, and its mixture of new, but already old-looking buildings and old, poor housing, on a mountainous highway. At first, the scenery
Caribbean: bananas, small villages, coconut trees. When you
Belize, orange trees mix with sugar-cane. A little further on, past the zoo, the country changes into the mangrove, or coastal region. This
real cowboy country, with large isolated farms and occasional roadside stops where you
buy something to eat.
that the views when you near Placentia
the best, so it's a good idea to
the night in Dangriga and
the remaining few kilometres in the morning. An hour or so out of Dangriga and the Mangroves
to appear suddenly around the corner.
To your left is the Caribbean Sea, and to your right
the cold, windy mountain range with the rain forest. Although there
lots of trees in these mountains, there
also lots of plants and flowers. It is rain forest, so you
that the air is getting more and more humid. After a strong cup of good coffee at the next village, my heart seemed to beat much faster than usual.
Then the road started getting muddy. My car didn't
the mud and slowed down. I didn't
me time to look at the mountains.
The scenery on the way down into Placentia
spectacular. Most of it
, thick and green with its small,
villages and some
coastal with its rivers full of fish, and inviting hotels. Placentia itself
a pleasant holiday town. It
claims to fame
: the fishing, the beaches - and the diving out on the coral reef. But this
why I had come.
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