Seine Bight, Placencia Peninsula: Food, People and Lola’s Art

On the same peninsula and only about 5 miles north from Placencia is the village of Seine Bight (pronounced Sane Bite).   So close by, yet so so different, Bight is a Garifuna village to Placencia’s tiny Creole and Gringo population.  (Like how I use “Gringo” as a ethnic term for my people?)

At my hotel, I mentioned to a tourist couple that I was planning on walking over to Seine Bight in the morning.  They looked a bit surprised and told me “there isn’t much to see”.

After visiting twice the next day, I beg to differ.


Let me back up for a moment to define these three (of many) ethnicities in Belize.  (I defined the ethic group “coolie” in my last post)


Garifuna:  People of mainly West African but also Carib and Arawak descent.  In the late 1700s, they arrived in Roatan, Honduras in St. Vincent (after being exiled) and now reside in Guatemala, Belize and Honduras, mainly along the coast.  Their culture is very cool – language, art, religion, food, and my favorite, music.

Creole:  Any mix of Black and white.  Originally the black African slaves brought to Belize and the British Baymen.  Now the term has widened to include many blends.  Belize City is mostly Creole…

Gringo:  My definition:  Any English speaking expat living in Belize male or female.  Includes Brits though many think they shouldn’t be lumped in with Americans.


Back to the post:   A walk through Seine Bight is a totally different experience than your look around Placencia.  I ran into a local guy named BJ who was doing some work on the road and he explained it to me.  Growing up, he said, the road between the two village was almost impassable for at least a few months of the year.  Most of the travel was by boat and there was no real need to visit Placencia – it was actually just a military base.

Just about a 5 minute walk up the  road from the fabulous Inn at Robert’s Grove, you first pass an Austrian restaurant/casino.  Odd to say the least.


Yode-lah-hee hee!IMG_3722 IMG_3723

Hmmmm…schnitzel and penny slots?  Maybe later.  I kept walking…


I passed the football field and ran into EXACTLY what I was looking for – signs for Lola’s Art.  The work I’d seen all over Placencia village and in my room at Robert’s Grove.

Here is the cute Art & Soul Gallery in Placencia where I first saw Lola’s paintings.


Here is the main sign on the road in Seine Bight.


Turn and walk down the dirt road towards the lagoon.  There are plenty of signs…some newer and some WAY old…

My favorite.  Isn’t it gorgeous?  You really can’t beat the charm of painted wooden signs.


I passed a 4 year old walking with a dog who asked me where I was going.  Lola’s I told him.  Pursing his lips and sucking his teeth (translation:  Belizean distain), he told me he’d been there a year ago and kept walking.  I wish I got a picture but it’s hard when you are getting told “what’s what” by a toddler.

IMG_2419And in I went to find some gorgeous colorful amazing Belizean paintings.  LOVE.



And then I met Lola and her latest work…and of course had 1000 questions for her.  Growing up…the area…the cruise ships…the government.



BUT I need to tell you about that tomorrow.


****Please note:  I got a message with a correction.  The Austrian joint has closed and this establishment is now just a bar and casino***

  • Sharon Tzib

    Haha, Rebecca, I don’t blame you for being confused by the Austrian casino, since you’d have no way of knowing that up until literally a few weeks ago, Danube was an Austrian restaurant. They closed down and the casino moved in, so no more schnitzel for we locals – just machine slots (not my thing either)! I haven’t stopped into Lola’s myself – need to do that.

  • Belize Blog

    I stopped in once at about 9am, not open but called and they were open later. VERY INTERESTING lady.

  • Erik Terdal

    I spent a night in Seine Bight on my first visit to Belize in 1998. No hotels, but I asked around and a man on the beach had a room he rented to visitors. For dining, he referred me to a woman in town who cooked good food and served me what she was cooking for her family for a few dollars.
    It has changed some since then, but Seine Bight still feels like a village vs a tourist destination.

    • Belize Blog

      I did see a downtown hotel with 24 hour hourly rates…over a supermarket. Hmmm…..

      • Osprey

        That’s a recent development with the Chinese influx. They seem to put a hotel over the market to bring in more money.

        • Belize Blog

          The chinese influx seems to be big in this area! And even more so in the Independence area…I have more research to do…

  • John East

    Gringo – English speaking white person. People from the USA will be some of them. Why would someone from Britain object because it applies to Americans. It applies to us (yes I am from Britain) too.

    • Belize Blog

      I’ve heard from quite a few people that it only means Americans. Object? Well I guess in the way that Canadians don’t like to be confused for Americans…

  • John East

    My purpose for making the comment I did is that I do not want to be ‘lumped in’ with people from Britain who object to being called gringo because they believe it only applies to people from the USA. It do not and it doesn’t.