The Peninsula, as it is affectionately known by its inhabitants, stands alone in its beauty here in southern Belize. In a country filled with wondrous sights that feed the soul with every eyeful, there is a different spirit here in the south that embraces its visitors in a hammock like rapture elevating ones Caribbean experience to one of true bliss.
There are only two ways for one to access this small slice of paradise, giving a natural exclusivity to our guest willing to make the trek, and ensuring that everyone that visits experiences what makes this place unique. The first and most common way to visit is via a small airplane in a small airport. This is not for the faint of heart, but those with the courage to face their fears are rewarded with endless views of rainforests, the Caribbean Sea, and some of the most beautiful shoreline in the entire world. Those that choose to brave the automotive option of arrival feel the change the instant the start down the peninsula. Maya Beach slowly flickers into view offering hospitality and beaches to weary travelers, as one pushes further he is embraced by the beauty and culture of the Garifuna People in Seine Bight and in just a few miles more the charming fishing village of Placencia.
Nestled among the beautiful Garifuna people in Seine Bight it my home, the Nautical Inn. Introduced to weary travelers via a large sign on larger bright orange poles, the Inn consist of 4 uniquely geometrically shaped buildings, painted in bright colors, and quite cleverly arranged along the shoreline enveloping a pristine beach and shimmering pool.
Walking through the Nautical Inn bar and restaurant the first time is in itself a fantastic experience that latches itself to ones brain for recall from a nameless cubical at some point in the future. In addition to the warm and comfortable greeting, all five senses are raptured and true beauty is experienced.
Taste and smell are hit by the tropical breeze that blows off of the Caribbean Sea and through the entire property and of course the ice cold tropical drink that helps you set down the burdens of your journey. As you walk through the double French doors opening up to the aft (Nautical term…get excited) of the restaurant your eyes are treated to the vast blue gem of the Caribbean Sea while simultaneously being embraced by the privacy and intimacy of a Secret Garden, lush with tropical vegetation. Rising from the center of this visual feast is our fresh water pool surrounded by brightly painted lounge furniture and a quiet little cabana. As the warm sun and cool breeze tickle your skin, the music of the waves crashing on the shore and the fountain dripping in the background create a symphony the reaches beyond ones soul.
This is my home now. This is what I experience on a day to day basis. I swim at night in the moonlight, I dive with sea turtles. I bathe in waterfalls and eat fruit directly from trees. Not a day passes that my feet do not feel warm sand and my eyes don’t drink in the wonders of the sea. Even in a state of perpetual bliss, I still find most satisfaction in sharing my good fortune with others. I have found paradise, come join me and I will show you.
Innkeeper at the Nautical Inn.