David and I spent nine days at Robert's Grove in Placencia, Belize. We had heard of this magical place from dear friends and they had nothing but great things to say about this small resort. After some research we knew this was the place we needed to Honeymoon and we were not disappointed. We spent every other day doing an excursion and the alternate days were spent on the beach and riding old, rusty bikes the two flat miles into town.
Our excursions consisted of -
Fly fishing (of course) for bone fish, jack fish and trolling for barracuda. We fished off a beautiful private island that was untouched by man except for the small bar tucked in the palm trees. We had the island to ourselves and had a blast fishing for the day.
When on a tropical vacation snorkeling is a must. We spent a day swimming with nurse sharks and giant sting rays.
If you've never been on a jungle hike with a stranger carrying a machete searching for howler monkeys then you've never lived! Just kidding - but actually it was slightly terrifying. Scroll to the last picture for evidence. That picture was taken after we watched a Baptist pastor from Texas chase down and grab the six foot plus black snake that surprised us.
My favorite excursion was a tour of Ancient Mayan ruins paired with swimming two-ish miles into a cave formed in a mountain. Something about swimming in a dark cave with only headlamps and life jackets was exhilarating.
The food was AMAZING and often describe as "caught right over there." We found ourselves buying appetizers and entrees made up of fresh seafood, a bottle of wine and beer all for about $30 or less. We also went during the off season (January) which was wonderful. We basically had all three pools to ourself each day and a quiet breakfast with a few other visitors. Everyone we ran into was so lovely. We met quite a few people who were originally tourists who just decided not to go home (which was tempting), one of whom gave us a ride one evening on the back of her golf cart, a common method of transportation in Placencia.
We have fond memories of a gelato shop we frequented, a treehouse coffee shop, a local soccer match, and tiny five passenger planes that brought us too and from Placencia.
One day we would love to go back - and I am sure we will. If we ever need a place to stay where we can eat like kings on a tight budget and forget about the world this is the place.