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Ranguana Lodge
Ranked #14 of 20 Hotels in Placencia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 4, 2005

I wish I had known more about the town of Placencia before going. No matter what I read about the "sidewalk" I didn't understand how the town is built around it until I got there.

However you read this review, I am glad I went. What a unique experience.

We stayed at Ranguana Lodge. Cute bungalows right on the beach. Can't beat the price and the staff was kind and friendly. However, having a community built around a sidewalk, as unique as this is, has drawbacks.

First, we drive everywhere in Belize. We have driven to every district except Toledo. The road to Placencia is long and bumpy. It's worse than the road from Orange Walk to Chan Chich! Our rental car's bumper fell off on this road. People are nice and will stop to help. I really love the Belizian people.

If you stay at one of the many places on the beach in the heart of town you will have to walk your luggage through the intricate sidewalk system to get there. This was not so good for my 60+ year old parents who were struggling to adjust to the Belizian heat as it was. Once there, we were all happy. The houses, lodges, shops and restaurants are about 4 or 5 deep in some places from the driving road to the beach. The main sidewalk is about 3 feet wide and the side-sidewalks are about 2 feet wide.

The bungalows and homes along the entire peninsula are pressed very tightly together. The first night the power went out on the peninsula (I suspect this happens often, you can tell everyone is illegally hooked into the power supply) and it was like being back in college in the dorms. You can hear everything in every direction and there were many young partiers enjoying the darkness on the beach and in the lodge next door. If I had known a place like this existed for this price when I was back in college, I would have been in heaven. It is made for a young, social crowd. Chan Chich is more the speed for my parents.

Our only full day was spent on a whale shark tour. We did see one whale shark, but the tour was not what I expected, either. They take you out to the northern part of The Gulf of Hondras and tell you to get in and start looking. 3000 feet of blue, blue water. Not another fish or coral or anything but ocean. Well, after 45 minutes a whale shark showed up behind me close enough to touch. He just swam by me like he didn't even know I was there. It was incredible. I was amazed. How do they do that??? The whale shark photo is from a disposable underwater.

Food and shopping in Placencia can be worn out quickly. Again, nice enough shops, decent food, friendly people. I had the best shrimp creole of my life. But I would say it's more for college kids who want to sit on the beach or divers and fishermen. Of course, seeing a whale shark made my trip to Belize (we've been before and it is a destination we can't seem to get enough of anyway). This is not Ambergris Caye (it, too, has pros and cons, of course). I would not classify Placencia as my typical tourist destination.

I am including photos of the sidewalk. I don't think you can get the uniqeness of it without going. I suggest making the trip and being open to adventure. Even though it wasn't perfect, it was well worth the drive.

I know others have posted photos of Ranguana Lodge. I will skip those since they are out there if you look.

25  Thank flyfishforever
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Reviewed May 11, 2005

We really enjoyed the slow pace of Placencia. We'd spent a week on atoll doing intense snorkeling and a week in the jungle hiking and exploring. We were ready for a slower pace. Everyone at the Ranguana Lodge was very friendly and the accomodations were very clean. The AC helped keep the cabana cool in the late afternoon and evenings on the the day there was no breeze. Watch out for jelly fish while swimming. Snorkeling is not good in front of the lodge. Water felt good anyway! There were some fishermen who got up early and were NOT quiet! Also one night there was live music that was noisy but it stopped at 11 so that wasn't a big deal. The restaurant just down the beach was good- BUT avoid the salad dressings that are out on the tables all day! We would go back!

  • Stayed: March 2005
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Reviewed January 27, 2005

The management was great, the cabana was comfy, there was a hammock on the porch. What else do you need? Fridge? AC? Bathtub w hot/cold water? Coffee maker? Maid service? They got that too. You need a well maintained beach? From our cabana (Trigger Fish) it was about 10 sandy steps straight from our porch. Absolutely a wonderful place to soak in life in Placencia. Very short walks to Groceries, Gifts, Piers, Resturants, and Bars. The Tipsy Tuna may get a little rambunctious at times, but nothing that will keep you up all night or annoying.

14  Thank Rizvi
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Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: September 2016, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 18, 2016
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  • Stayed: May 2016, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 10, 2015 via mobile
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Stayed: June 2015
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Reviewed March 25, 2015 via mobile
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Stayed: September 2014
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Additional Information about Ranguana Lodge

Address: Pt. Placencia, Placencia, Belize
Location: Belize > Stann Creek > Placencia
Beach Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Placencia
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Placencia
#10 Romantic Hotel in Placencia
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Placencia
Price Range: $70 - $77 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Ranguana Hotel Placencia
Ranguana Resort Placencia
Ranguana Lodge Belize/Placencia

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