Belize Welcome Pack
Everything you need to know about your stay at the Noma Belize location..
Posted on Thu 13 Apr 2023
Preparing for your arrival
By this point, it is likely that you have already organised your travel to our Noma Village, however here is some info in case you haven’t:
Placencia is easily accessible by land, sea and air; so however you want to reach us, you can! Flights operate regularly from America, Canada and neighbouring Guatemala and Mexico.
Air: Once you’ve arrived to Belize International Airport (BZE), the easiest way to get here is to take a short local flight to Placencia Airport (PLJ). The flight duration is about 20 minutes. There are two local airlines, Tropic Air and Maya Island Air. Placencia Airport pick up is complimentary and the resort is a 15 minute drive from the airport. Be sure to let us know if you would like to be collected from the airport and we can arrange this for you.
Land: If you are arriving in Belize City and want to make your own way to Umaya, please find options below:
Shuttle service run by Umaya Resort: please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and they can help you book this. Note that it takes approx 3 hours and can be up to $300 each way.
There is a nationwide network of public buses that will get you to Placencia. From the main bus station in Belize City, the journey to Placencia takes around five hours. The price is around $15 for a one-way journey, but be aware that buses are often quite crowded.
If you are being collected from Placencia, Umaya Resort van will be waiting for you. We have all of your flight information and the resort are in regular contact with airlines in case of any changes.
If you are facing any flight delays, please also DM us so that we are aware too.
Umaya (The resort) Team will give you a hotel orientation, then we will come to greet you once you're settled in.
Once the majority of the group has arrived, we’ll have a group orientation, whereby we will run through the program and show you around the hotel. This is also a great opportunity to meet other Noma community members and to ask any questions that you may still have.
Things you should know before you pack:
May is a hot month in Belize, with an average high-temperature of 31.8°C (89.2°F) and an average low-temperature of 24.2°C (75.6°F).
Packing list Noma recommends:
Check out a recommendation for Digital Nomad packing lists from our partner DNN on this link
For Belize specific recommendations, see here:
- Lightweight clothing both long sleeve/ leg and short sleeve/ leg
- Swimwear Hiking type clothes: comfortable sneakers/ water shoes/ hiking boots.
- A dry bag for water excursions (not necessity, but useful)
- Eye mask
- Bug repellent/oil
- International credit/debit card
- Cash - USD or BZD are accepted everywhere
- Ethernet cable (not a necessity)
- A portable monitor if your work would benefit from this -Ethernet cable for extra connection
Important - all guest communication is on slack.
Please click on the below image to join our Noma slack channel
Slack App is available on Web, Android and iOS. Please join Noma Collective on Slack clicking on the slack logo above.
When you are in our workspace, please DM us on @TeamNoma and we will add you to the correct channel for your Edition.
NEWS AND EVENTS CHANNEL - For anything related to on-site events and activity sign-ups.
@teamnoma uses this channel to let you know about the onsite event programme and a daily announcement.
ONSITE CHAT - For community conversation. In order to respect people’s time, please keep it brief.
RESOURCES - The go to spot for useful information about the area and your trip.
# alumni - For our whole Noma Collective Community
You can also DM anyone by selecting their name in the bottom left which will enable you to discuss anything in private.
Please can you add a display picture and a short bio sentence of current/ previous job roles and any personal information of interest that you’d like to share in the ‘what I do’ section in the edit profile section. This will help our Noma community identify each other!
If you have any questions for us, or any issues with anything on-site, please DM @TeamNoma. Also, if you’d like to flag anything in a general chat for our attention, simply add @TeamNoma to your post and we’ll pick it up.
We will monitor slack between 8am and 8pm daily, if there’s anything urgent outside of those hours then please contact the front desk at the resort.
The Neighborhood - Placencia Village
Placencia is located in the Stann Creek district in Belize. This beautiful place offers a wide variety of activities: hiking through the mountainous rain forests, kayaking, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, and exploring the Mayan ruins! This paradise is flanked to the west by a lagoon and views of distant Mayan mountains and to the east by mangroves and the turquoise Caribbean Sea. In the center of the city, you will find supermarkets, restaurants, and bars!
Umaya Resort - Placencia Our Noma Home
Noma Collective is in partnership with Umaya Resort. The Resort consists of several 1,000 sqft two-bedroom apartments and condos spread across 13 acres of land stretching from the sandy white beach to the Placencia lagoon.
Being surrounded by water on both sides and home to an Olympic-sized swimming pool gives Umaya a wonderfully relaxing atmosphere; perfectly suited to the laid-back lifestyle of the Caribbean.
The local area is teeming with stunning wildlife; see if you can spot gibnuts, coatimundis, manatees and even dolphins from your balcony!
There are free hand weights available to use, upstairs in the clubhouse. You can borrow paddle boards, kayaks, and bikes whenever you please.
The Resort Team
The Front Desk/Reception is as it is in any hotel, worldwide. They are your first point of call for any queries about your room, the resort, or requirements. You can call them from the room phones on 5001 or visit them in person in the clubhouse.
Open 7am-10pm daily, call security outside of these hours.
They can help with:
All room issues
Daily shuttle booking to Placencia
Any security issues
Housekeeping: your room is cleaned twice a week.
Laundry: On these days please leave your laundry in the laundry bag. One load costs $10USD and is turned around in under 24 hours.
Food & Beverage
The Pool Bar
11am - 7pm every day
Breakfast: 7am- 10am
Lunch: 12pm- 3pm
Snacks: 11am - 7pm
Dinner: 5.30pm - 8pm
For menus please click on the following image:
When Going Offsite
Here is a list of our recommended bars, restaurants, and shops worth visiting in the local area.
Some Noma team favorites are below:
Maya beach (within cycling distance) - Maya Beach Bistro, Buzzed Birds coffee @ Singing Sands, Singing Sands Restaurant, Mangos, Jaguar Lanes Bowling, Verns, Finger Food Delight!
Placencia Village - Rumfish y Vino, Rick's Cafe, The Shack, Barefoot & Tipsy Tuna, Turtle Inn, Wendy's Creole Restaurant, Omar's!
There are plenty of beautiful beaches, surfing, snorkelling/diving, and jungle treks waiting to be explored.
There are shuttles that you can catch into town or the grocery store at 10am and 2pm Monday to Saturday. Please arrange this with the front desk.
There are bicycles to borrow onsite, free of charge, by the security booth. There are several restaurants and bars within a short cycle ride.
You can rent golf carts from Captain Jak’s, prices from $65 USD a day.
Taxis to Placencia cost BZD40 and can be booked through reception. Make sure you agree prices upfront.
There are several buses that run up and down the peninsula. The going rate is 2BZD from the resort to Placencia Village.
Your Digital Nomad Guide
Working onsite at Umaya
We provide each apartment with a hotspot MiFi device, loaded with a local sim & data so that you can connect during calls or if there are any dropouts for any reason. You can also take these offsite with you if you require connection in Placencia.
As digital nomads ourselves, we know how important it is to our community to change their working environments.
This is why, we have established two areas that you can work from (outside of your room & terrace, one on the beach side under a breezy palapa and in the Restaurante Laguna, with an amazing lagoon and mountain backdrop. Be prepared to make your co-workers jealous of the Zoom backdrops!
The apartments also have table areas both inside and outside so that if you're sharing with another nomad, you both have space and privacy.
Of course, all of these areas have great wifi however if there are any drops, please contact the front desk and John, our technician will be with you as soon as possible.
Our community, events and code of conduct
We announce the weekly events schedule on Slack every Monday morning which can include 1-2 events a day, offering something for everyone.
The events consist of 4 categories:
Wellbeing: yoga/ HIIT classes/ run club/ beach workouts/Zumba.
Adventure: weekly group excursions ranging from boat trips to jungle treks, to historical cave tours.
Community: we host various community events to bring everyone together including a weekly family dinner, volleyball, and group games nights
Professional Growth: Noma community members have the chance to host workshops that are either their professional background or something they find interesting or useful for other guests. We usually have one a week. If this is something you're interested in - please reach out to Mariela to plan this into our schedule.
Volleyball is a huge part of the Noma Collective community, with regular ad hoc games, beginners practice and tournaments against local teams, it’s a great way to connect with others during a little friendly competition. If you are an experienced volleyball player and would like to nominate yourself to either lead beginners practise or put yourself forward for the Noma team then please reach out.
Code of Conduct
We are a community, please be supportive in people’s efforts to organise things and ask questions. There are no such things as stupid questions or boring events.
We have a lot of solo travellers and people’s arrival times are staggered, so please make sure that you’re friendly and welcoming to new arrivals as it can be a pretty daunting process at the start.
We attract people from all backgrounds, creeds, and ideologies. Please be conscious when making comments about religions, divisive political figures, or national stereotypes. Be considerate. Social etiquette applies here as it does elsewhere:
- Don't touch people without their consent
- Respect people’s privacy, including their right to personal space (they might not want to be disturbed)
- Report any unsavory, criminal, or unwelcome behaviour to a member of the resort staff
If you feel uncomfortable and are not sure how to deal with a situation then Team Noma are always on hand to help. We will exercise discretion unless you specify otherwise. Please feel free to reach out to Mariela on @TeamNoma_mariela on slack or grab us in person for a chat.
We will have a space to share how it was to spend a month in this wonderful Caribbean island! Drinks, food, and games will be in order.
Transfers to the Airport
Shuttles to Belize Airport will be organized.
If you prefer to make your own way, please let us know.