Friday, September 4, 2009

Just Like A Movie Set

(September 3) Although yesterday we had been told that we had to go back to Puerto Barrios to catch a 10:00 a.m. boat to Belize, in Livingston, anything is possible if you're willing to pay for it, and that includes a skiff directly to Punta Gorda, Belize. It thus took us only 45 minutes to get to Belize, instead of the 3 hours we had budgeted for this leg of the journey.

Once in Punta Gorda, we immediately jumped onto the Belize equivalent of a chicken bus -- an old school bus that does the familiar hop-on, hop-off type of route -- and made it to Mango Creek in 2 hours. Then it was a 20 minute boat ride on the Hokey Pokey Water Taxi to Placencia, otherwise known as Paradise. Or a movie set.

Our final destination of the trip, Turtle Inn, like La Lancha, is owned by Francis Ford Coppola and consists of a number of Balinese style luxury huts sitting on the beach, which is raked daily. Among the huts are a few swimming pools, restaurants, and a beach bar. It is, in essence, a movie set. And not unexpectedly, it is populated by a good assortment of beautiful young couples and "industry" people.

Ellery immediately staked out her territory -- a 6 year old named Fletcher. Fletcher came attached to a 2 year old sister, Sophia, a nanny named Ariel, and parents Renee and Billy, tv producers from Los Feliz. And there were great people, so while the kids played, and then ate dinner, and then had a "dessert party," the adults sat and talked and drank and generally had a wonderful evening together before stumbling back to our respective huts on the beach.