The town of Independence is not a tourist hotspot (YET – the cruise ships are coming!) but its well known in the country for other reasons. 1. It’s the home of Big Creek, the deep water port that is the hub of the oil and fruit industries. Here is the home of the Banana Growers Association at the Big Creek port.
Fenced in CLEARLY so you can not take a picture on top of it.
The colonial style housing for those who manage the port.
2. It’s a stop for every bus headed south even the express buses stop at Belmopan –> Dangriga –> Independence –> Punta Gorda. It’s a good sized village…population somewhere around 3000.
The schedule at the new bus station in Independence.
And 3. Many tourists go through Independence to get to the much more touristy town of Placencia. This bus to Independence/Mango Creek runs with much more frequency than the direct bus to Placencia…and is often faster. It’s a quick hop across the lagoon from Independence to Placencia. 10 minutes, $10bzd on the Hokey Pokey ferry.
Air Conditioning, TV, simple and clean…it was all I needed.
AND it is right down the street from my meeting spot. Perfection.
Newly opened by an American from Georgia…very nice guy.
As you can see from their website, they had other plans before they sold the land to Norwegian Cruise Lines. A “PROPOSED” GOLF COURSE IN INDEPENDENCE?
Crazy. Though I guess I could tell you that I have a proposed mango tree bursting with fruit growing outside my front door. Don’t mean it’s gonna happen.
So, aside from those sights, a small town area with a few grocery stores (stop in Tony’s, the biggest, for me and pet the shop cat, Mish. He is a LOVE BUG), a pawn shop and, as all good port towns must have, a bar or two of ill-repute…
…Dilimar’s was HOPPING the night before but I figured the patrons didn’t want their photos taken…
…there is not a whole bunch going on in Independence/Mango Creek. Ahhh…and to the question. Why is it called Mango Creek and Independence? The Mango Creek-ites I asked could not answer the question. Not even Karl my taxi driver, though he knew just about everything and everyone else.
Apparently, it was two side-by-side villages, that got merged together for census purposes. If you are reading this Prime Minister Barrow? And I always assume that you do…I prefer Mango Creek.
Oh…and here is the Hokey Pokey schedule, if you are planning to take the trip over to Placencia.