If you’re scratching your head in wonderment because you’re ready to break free from travel restrictions imposed by the pandemic but canceled flights and delays in headlines are raining on your parade, relax. Even if your flight is delayed, hanging out at airline terminals can be fun.
Happily, you’re going to Belize where the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (PGIA) terminal is a surprisingly interesting place to hang out. This is no small airport. It’s massive compared to the Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport on the Caribbean island of Saba where the smallest runway on Earth measures just 1200 feet long.
PGIA has an impressive profile
“In 2018, there were over 5,133 international flights, 26,133 domestic flights, approximately 1.13 million domestic and international arriving and departing passengers and 1.1 million kilograms of cargo,” according to the airport’s website. That’s impressive but expected since Belize is Central America’s hottest tourism destination. Whether you’re coming or going, you’ll find plenty to occupy your attention at PGIA.
-Hit the Harley Davidson shop. Someone in your life with a passion for cycles has a birthday coming up!
-Drink up at the Belikin Beer Shop. Pick some up to take home to share with friends.
-Log heart-healthy miles within the 110,000-square-foot terminal. You won’t mind sitting on your return flight.
-Discover why tourists love duty-free shops. There are eight located within the terminal and you love shopping, right?
-Sample dishes at the airport’s two restaurants and two delis. Make it a progressive affair: Have drinks at one, an appetizer at the next, an entrée at the third and dessert at the fourth.
-Grab a connecting flight to regional airports if you’ve just arrived: Corozal, Caye Caulker, Hopkins, Kanatik, San Pedro, Punta Gorda or Savannah. If you intend to vacation at Belize’s most popular district, make that a ticket to Placencia.
What makes Placencia so popular?
Because this destination has charm, the hemisphere’s best beaches along the Caribbean and lagoon sides in addition to rainforest, caves, quaint towns and a laid-back environment that has no equal. Take that short flight to Placencia from PGIA and head for the area’s best lodging: Laru Beya Beach Resort.
This boutique property edges the water where luxury digs, gourmet meals, amenities, tours, and spa services are just the beginning of your vacation story. All-inclusive packages take the work out of decision-making because everything you crave is bundled into one exquisite experience.
Avail yourself of generous Laru Beya discounts if you love saving money as much as you love traveling. What to do with the cash you saved? Arrive at PGIA early and hit the duty free stores, the Belikin Beer Shop, get your last taste of Belize cuisine, and stroll the terminal before your flight is called. You won’t want to leave, but given what is sure to have been an amazing visit that included your airport experiences, you’ll be back!