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FAQs

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about Belize, Placencia and Robert's Grove. If you have any more questions about our Belize beach resort, please feel free to contact us.

Do I need a passport and/or visa?

Everyone needs a valid passport to visit Belize. Americans, Canadians, EC passport holders, and many other nationalities may visit Belize without obtaining a visa in advance. Please visit here for more info.

Do the local airlines ever offer discounts?

Sometimes the local airlines offer cash discounts for walk-up/standby customers. If you don't mind taking the risk, you can try that to save a few dollars. Keep in mind that each plane carries only 12 passengers. If you want to be sure to have a seat, you need to book in advance and pay the regular fare.

How do you get to Robert’s Grove Beach Resort once you have arrived in Placencia?

We offer complimentary transfers from the Placencia airstrip to the resort. We do not charge our guests for transfers even if we do not book their flights. This is a complimentary service offered to our all of our valued guests.

What is the beach like?

Roberts Grove Beach Resort is on a long beach with some of the softest sand in Belize. There is about 60 feet of sand between the resort and the water. Nothing else! (Well, except for coconut trees, hammocks and beach chairs). The water is very shallow in front of the Resort, and you can walk out two hundred feet in waist-deep water. Walking up and down the beach, you will pass in front of some other developed beach properties as well as some natural sections of beach, perfect for beachcombing!

How do you get to Placencia?

From Belize City, Dangriga, and Punta Gorda, there are flights several times a day on the two national airlines: Maya Island Air and TropicAir. We can help you book your flights if you like since we are an agent for both of the airlines. See more details on our location page.

Can I get there without flying?

There is bus service. You will probably take a bus from Belize City to Belmopan and then Dangriga, and then transfer to a bus to Placencia.
One of the nicer ways to travel is to rent a car at the international airport in Belize City. It takes about 3.5 hours to drive to Robert’s Grove Beach Resort from Belize City. Private taxis can also transfer you to and from the Resort for a price of around $275-300 US each way. For a group of four, the private taxi is less expensive than flying.

Can I rent a car or golf cart in Placencia?

Golf carts are available for rental from Robert’s Grove Beach Resort for about $65.00 US a day.

How do you get around from the hotel?

Within walking distance you will find a small convenience store and a few small restaurants. If you don’t have a car, you can use taxis to go further. You can also use our complimentary bicycles. We also offer our guests complimentary shuttle service from Robert's Grove to Placencia Village. The shuttle departs at 10:00am and 3:00pm daily. To get back, you will need to take a taxi which costs US$10.00 or if you take the 10:00am shuttle, you can catch the 3:00pm shuttle from the village, back to the resort. Be sure to arrange this pick up service ahead of time so your driver knows to pick you up.

Where are the tours in the area?

Robert’s Grove offers a full range of land and sea tours and is a fully certified, PADI 5 Star diving center. We also have a full private charter boat fleet.

Is there Internet service?

Yes. We have a public computer for guest use. If you have your own laptop or wifi device, you can connect to the Internet using either wired ethernet or free wireless (wi-fi).

What sports or activities are included with the room?

We have a number of complimentary kayaks, snorkeling sets, Hobie cats, surf boards and bicycles available for guests to use on a first-come first-served basis.

Is there a swimming pool?

Yes! We have three beautiful freshwater pools, including an infinity pool, a waterfall pool, pool bars and in addition to our three pools we have a separate shallow pool for our younger swimmers.

Can I change money at the hotel?

If you have US dollars there is no need to change your money, US dollars will be welcome at the Resort and other local establishments. For other currencies however, you will need to change to US dollars or BZE dollars.

Are there facilities for cooking our own meals?

We have several Villas that have kitchenettes. Our restaurant serves meals all day.

What about power and electrical appliances?

Electricity in Belize is 110V/60Hz - same as the USA

Are the beaches private?

One of the great things about Belize is that the public is always allowed to use the waterfront. Locals and tourists wander up and down the beach to their hearts’ content, although in quiet Placencia you often have the beach to yourself.

Is it safe?

Belize is a developing country and the Placencia Peninsula is a little isolated, so you should be aware that emergency services such as police, fire or rescue services are very limited and are not usually able to respond quickly. Placencia Village has a nurse and family doctor and it is a 15 minute drive from the Resort. Please take precautions to safeguard yourself and your belongings when you travel. The Resort has a security safe for guests in every room.

Can I drink the water?

The water in Placencia is spring fed, runs through filters and is lovely to drink. We also provide portable water from a reliable private source. If you prefer bottled water, it is readily available in the Resort (there are complimentary bottles of water in each room) and at local shops.

Are there bugs?

Sandflies (no-see-ums) and mosquitoes are sometimes present in the Placencia area, but well-maintained beaches do help keep the bugs at bay. DEET-based repellents work well to repel mosquitoes and sandflies, and other products like Avon Skin-So-Soft's Bug Guard are also popular repellents for sandflies. If you are extremely sensitive to insect stings or bites, you will probably prefer to sleep in an air-conditioned room with the windows closed. We maintain our beach, ground and facilities in ways that control flying insects, but it is natural in a subtropical environment.

What will the weather be like?

The climate here is subtropical. The temperature is almost always in the high 80s to high 90s during the day. In the summer, nights are very warm and in the winter there is more relief from the heat with temperatures dropping in to the high 60s and low 70s overnight. There is normally less rain between the months of November and April but there is a chance of rain year-round and especially in the summer. A few internet sites have statistics which are interesting, if not helpful. The most comprehensive we have found is WorldClimate.com. The Savannah Forest Station is the closest to us.

What should I bring with me?

Packing List:
Camera & batteries or charger
Hat (mostly for sun protection)
Lightweight rain jacket or poncho
Water shoes, sport sandals or sneakers that can get wet (required for some river & cave tours)
Your prescription meds
Comfortable, lightweight, casual clothes

Where is Belize?

Belize is just south of Mexico on the Eastern coast of the Caribbean sharing borders with Guatemala and Honduras.

Is Belize Spanish speaking?

Actually, Belize is officially an English-speaking country. However, Spanish is the first or second language of many Belizeans so you may have a chance to use Spanish when you are here. You might also pick up some Belizean Kriol or a few words from the Garifuna or Maya people you may meet. A lot of Belizeans speak 3 or 4 languages!

What are the people like?

Belize is a very diverse country, populated by Mestizos (44%), Creole (30%), Mayan/Indian (11%), and Garifuna people (7%). The remaining 8% of the population is made up of North Americans, Europeans, and Asians. While people live rather harmoniously, there are distinct cultural differences that can be seen in towns throughout the country. While at Robert’s Grove you will likely meet Belizeans of all sorts.

How big is Belize?

In terms of population, Belize has 303,422 permanent residents (census data base released in May 2011). Its physical size is roughly the size of Massachusetts, or about two thirds the size of Belgium. Belize has around 240 miles of coastline on the Caribbean.

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