How to get to Placencia from Belize City Airport. Depending on your starting point, there are several transportation options available, with travel times ranging from 30 minutes to five hours. Most people choose to travel by land or air. If you prefer ground transfer, the distance between Belize City and Placencia is approximately 170 miles.
For domestic flights, all international flights land at the Philip Goldson Airport in Belize City. From there, you can fly to Placencia using either Tropic Air or Maya Island Air. Multiple daily flights are available from Belize City to Placencia, starting from the early morning and continuing until the early evening.
Ruth’s recommend choice for local flights is Tropic Air: https://www.tropicair.com/destinations/placencia/
Another option is to use a ground shuttle service. High Point Travel can assist you in booking a safe, scenic, and comfortable shuttle from Belize International Airport to any where on the Placencia Peninsula.
The shuttle ride takes approximately three and a half hours, and the driver can make stops at restaurants or restrooms upon request, allowing you to stretch your legs.
This option is highly recommended as it offers a chance to witness the diverse and beautiful wildlife in Belize along the way.
If you prefer more independence and flexibility, renting a car is a viable choice. You can rent a vehicle from the Belize International Airport or Belize City. The drive from Belize City to Placencia is relatively straightforward. The majority of the journey takes you down Belmopan via the George Price Highway (Western Highway), covering around 52 miles. From there, you’ll transition to the Hummingbird Highway and continue onto the Southern Highway until you reach the well-marked exit for Placencia Village.
Taking a left at the Placencia roundabout will lead you directly into the village center, which is only 24 miles from the exit. The driving time from Belize City to Placencia is approximately three and a half hours, but it’s recommended to take breaks along the way to capture some memorable photos. Renting a car provides the freedom to explore the surrounding areas at your own pace, although it may be a slightly more expensive option compared to others.
For those looking for a budget-friendly alternative, public transport is available. Taking a public bus from Belize City to Placencia Peninsula is the most economical option, although it has its advantages and disadvantages. While you’ll have the opportunity to interact with the local population, the bus can become crowded, and the journey may take longer due to multiple stops.
To reach Placencia Village, you’ll need to switch buses at Dangriga Town. The bus ride from Belize City to Dangriga takes about three hours, and from Dangriga, three buses run daily to Placencia Village. The first bus departs at 11:00 am, followed by the second at 2:30 pm, and the last one at 5:30 pm. The bus ride from Dangriga to Placencia Village takes approximately one hour.
We hope this information helps you plan your trip to Placencia, Belize. Enjoy your time exploring this beautiful beach town and all the exciting activities it has to offer!