The Beach of Belize at the Laru Beya in Placencia

When traveling to Belize for the first time, I headed to Placencia and checked in to the Laru Beya Hotel. On assignment to explore the new cruise island destination of Harvest Caye, we spent two evenings on the mainland. My first evening, I enjoyed some time on the sands of the beach.

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the beach of the Laru Beya Resort and sunset

A walk on the soft sands among the palm trees was worth the visit and escape from winter weather. Additionally, I enjoyed the infinity pool, especially with a view of the moon in the twilight sky.

the walk to the beach at the Laru Beya, Placencia, Belize

the wooden walkway to the beach

Oceanfront rooms and suites at the Laru Beya Resort, Placencia, Belize

Oceanfront Rooms

the infinity pool at the Laru Beya Resort, Placencia, Belize

My first to Belize will not be my last. The small English speaking country in the midst of Central America definitely wet my appetite to explore more of country and also to refocus some of my travel dreams back to new places in the Americas. This trip is exactly why I made a new spot in the Americas my 2017 Bucket List dedication. I have much to see and explore in the “New World” and plan to do a little more this year, especially some of the beaches.

sunset laru beya hotel in placencia, belize

the beachfront of the Laru Beya at sunset

Travel Tip

On my trip, I noticed the development of the area, but it still held much of the charm of an isolated destination. One spot, friends recommended was the eco-luxury getaway of the Turtle Inn. One evening we dined there for a most delicious meal coupled with quality wine. The Francis Coppola property is definitely worth the stop.

Stay adventurous, Craig

this post is part of the Beach Thursday Series, stay warm this winter exploring beaches from around the world. Also, I stayed at the hotel as a guest working on assignment from Porthole Cruise Magazine working in conjunction with Norwegian Cruise Line.

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  • Maryann

    I always wanted to go to Belize. It is on my bucket list. Your photos are beautiful. The resort looks charming with a Spanish accent or maybe Caribbean. Exactly what I would enjoy for a vacation.

    • craig zabransky

      From my brief time and limited sample, I’d recommend Belize, I look forward to exploring more in the future, hope you get the chance and make the choice to get there. Stay Crossing off the Bucket List, Craig

  • Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    It looks like an excellent spot! Great photos, btw.

    • craig zabransky

      thanks Raul. stay exploring, Craig

  • Traveling Ted

    Perhaps Belize can be the Chiang Mai of the Western Hemisphere. It is a little closer to Chicago.

    • craig zabransky

      Maybe it’s time to think of the TBHoF in the Western Hemisphere….. I like where this is going…. Stay the West is the Best 😉 Craig

  • Francesca

    I need to see more of Central America and I’ve always wanted to go to Belize. That pool looks glorious!

    • craig zabransky

      agreed, and yes on the pool, even with limited time, I made sure I took a dip. Stay Central, Craig