Miller's Landing Resort
Main Street, Placencia, Belize
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view from the bar!
Jason at the Barefoot beach bar
Kid friendly accomodations in Placencia?
We are going to be in Placencia for a few days in March with our 7yr old and 4yr old. We want to kayak and enjoy the beach plus my kids want a pool. Any suggestions?
Re: Kid friendly accommodations in Placencia?
My guess is that your kids have no idea of what it is like to have a whole beach at hand and that is why they think they want a pool. Or maybe you suggested it to them.
My experience there has been far less upscale than you would probably want, so I have only the suggestion that whatever place you choose to stay be inside Placencia. That way you will have better access to arranging activities without having to rely on the prices that an isolated hotel comes up with. It is also more interesting.
By the way, if you have or can get some good used children's books, take them along for the Placencia Children's Library. See Marilyn Beckstead at Purple Space Monkey to donate them when you get there. The old library got destroyed in a hurricane a few years ago and I am sure that there is still shelf space available.
Re: Kid friendly accomodations in Placencia?
We stayed in Placencia a few years back and loved it. It's very laid back - you won't find any ammusement parks for the kids but it's a great place to stay and there are plenty of tours you can take from there to other parts of Belize.
The place we stayed was Singing Sands, here's the link to there site:
It's very small only seven cabanas but they do have a fresh water pool and a beautiful beach. I think they also have a kayak or canoe that you can take out on your own.
The owners are very friendly, many times we enjoyed dinner with them in their restaurant.
Have fun we did!
Travel Tips for Placencia Village
The Best Beach in Belize
The beach in Placencia is considered by many to be the best in Belize. I will not argue with this because I know that I saw few good beaches in the country and this one was by far superior to them. The beach stretchs for a couple kilometers along the Carribean and is open to the public all the way. The water here is incredible warm and you will not have to take time to adjust. The beach is not that wide and there are few true access points but otherwise I thought a visit was a wonderful break from the Canadian winter.
Scuba Dive the Barrier Reef
The barrier reef along the coast of Belize is the second longest in the world. So diving is a popular activity at the resort towns on the coast. All three of the dive operations in Placencia offer two types of dives: a 2-tank barrier reef dive ($80 USD) and a 2 or 3 tank whale shark dive ($150-180 USD). As much as I would love to see whale sharks (someday I will!), those dives were way too expensive for us.
The barrier reef dives are pretty much the same, no matter which operator you go with. They all have small boats with little shelter from the sun. The trip takes all day and will include lunch at a small island (caye) on the reef.
Our dives on the barrier reef were enjoyable, but unremarkable. We saw the usual assortment of Caribbean critters. The coral was in pretty good shape with the exception of the areas near where the boat dropped anchor. Unfortunately, there are no moorings at the dive sites, so dive boats simply drop anchor on the reef, leaving scars on the coral. As a testament to the piloting skills of the boat drivers, the scars seemed to be more concentrated near the boat and were fewer the farther away we swam. So it seems they try to hit the same spot each time.
Our dives were with Advanced Divers, which has a small shack on the sidewalk near the Cozy Corner restaurant. There is also Seahorse Divers, which has a dive shop on the dock and Natural Mystic Divers, also on the dock. A few of the nearby resorts have in-house dive operations, with larger boats and larger prices ($100 for 2 tanks). We brought all of our own gear, except the tanks & weights. But since we ended up only diving one day, we wished we'd left the gear at home. Advanced would have only charged us an additional $5 USD to rent.
Don't miss special of the day
The DeTatch is located right on the beach and is connected to the Seaspray - I ate here a lot! The music is always interesting, lately it's been blues and the service good. The daily special is always wonderful. There are two choices - one always being seafood. The portions are huge so sharing with another is possible. I love the curry shrimp with coconut rice - still dream of it today!
Everything about Wendy's is great; centrally located, great service, decent prices. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Had a gigantic AMAZING chicken burrito and the daily special of pork and rice and beans. All were phenomenal!
Cheap and Interesting
One girl ran the place the night we were there. Because the day shift hadn't restocked, they were out of almost everything (including beer, pineapple juice, soft drinks, and ice cream), So we had to order what could be made. But that was OK - we eventually got some food. Everything else was closed. I had a huge chicken burrito - so big I couldn't eat it all - US$15.25 for two.
After Hurricane Iris, the town sidewalk (the main thoroughfare through town) and many of the businesses along it were rebuilt. Omars is one of the businesses that has been rebuilt and it looks better than this now I understand. But this is how I remember it looking when we went.
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Miller's Landing Resort
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Millers Landing Hotel
- Millers Landing Placencia
Address: Main Street, Placencia, Belize