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Richmond/Belize City/Placencia/Hatchet Caye – Day 1


We departed Richmond at 0655 and arrived Belize InternationalAirport at about 1130 central time, via Charlotte (CLT).  We passed through immigration and then we found our way to the baggage claim and then to the Duty Free shop for another couple bottles of vodka for the crew.  Next we claimed our luggage and cleared customs.

We made our way to the Maya Island Air

Maya Island Air
Maya Island Air

and check our bags and headed for the gate area to await our flight to Placencia where we would be picked up by the Hatchet Caye staff and transported to their land based office to boad the boat for the Caye.  The plane, a Cessna 208 Caravan, was a small one the held 11 passengers and one passenger sat adjacent to the pilot, there were only 6 of on board.  We were in the first row behind the pilot, and although we were unable to see over the cockpit dash we dis get a couple of videos of the landings.  We stopped at Dangriga on the way to our final destination, flight time about 30 minutes.

Dangriga, BelizeWe arrived Placencia at about 1305 and the crew collected our baggage, however we had to make a stop at Tropical Airlines, next door to pick up 3 people coming down from Ambergris Caye for a few days of Scuba diving, Lucy, Lily and Dennis, they are from Massachusetts but own a property on the Ambergris but rent it out and had to depart their house for an incoming rental.

We hooked up with
debbie_billBill, Debbie, Cherie and Dave in Placencia, they had arrived a couple of days early and were explore the area, we heard about their trip up the Monkey River which sounded IMG_5037adventurous and then we all when over to Tutti-frutti for Gelato. The boat ride to the day was pretty rough, the wind was enough to cause white caps in the Caribbean Sea, about 10-12 knots I guess, we arrived wet but refreshed, after all it a a part of paradise.

Hatchet Caye is a private island on the edge of the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve. Seventeen miles east of Placencia Village, Belize, this tranquil jewel is on the protected side of the Meso-American reef; the second longest in the world.


Ariel view of the Caye
Ariel view of the Caye

Our location N16 28.010 W88 04.102

IMG_1906We checked it to our hutch IMG_5004and the staff delivered our luggage. IMG_5030After a brief unpacking and putting on bathing suits we hooked up with everyone at about 1400 at the pool had our first Pink Panty of the trip, and not our last,  We met everyone at cabana 9 for drinks about 1900 and then we all had had dinner together

Conch Fritter, actually lobaser because conch is out of season
Conch Fritter, actually lobaser because conch is out of season, bummer! This were much better!


Hatchet Caye Lobaser with burbling sauce
Hatchet Caye Lobster with burblanc  sauce, island style,  very light.
Oreo cheesecake, all desserts were homemade by Dasha the Island Manager
Oreo cheesecake, all desserts were homemade by Dasha the Island Manager

at about 1930 until about 2230 the off to bed.