Placencia is a gorgeous peninsula located in southern Belize with 16 miles of sandy beaches. The Caribbean Sea is to the east and the Placencia lagoon lies to west overlooking the Maya Mountains on the mainland. Placencia is essentially divided into two parts: south of the airstrip and north of the airstrip. The entire peninsula can be easily navigated on a golf cart or beach cruiser bike. The busy part of Placencia lies in the south where visitors can find a greater concentration of coffee shops, restaurants, internet cafes, the harbor, guest houses, taxi and bus station and banks.
The Placencia Peninsula offers a wide variety of lodging options for example: rooms with shared baths, cabanas on the beach with a kitchenette, air-conditioned apartments, beach houses, hotels and luxury villas.
Swimming pools are not common on the Peninsula – luxury hotels and resorts that do have pools include Naia Resort and Spa, Robert's Grove, Laru Beya Resort, Turtle Inn, Chabil Mar Villas, Miramar Apartments and Belize Ocean Club.
Places to Eat in Village
Placencia is well known for its white sandy beaches, fun nightlife and delicious food!
DeTatch is a popular thatched-roof, open-air beachfront place specialises in tasty shrimp and seafood dishes in a range of styles: Caribbean, Belizean and North American food are De-Tatch signatures and service is snappy.
Mojo Lounge & Bartique has made a big name for itself with an imaginative menu, fresh local ingredients, impressive cocktails and the ultimate in cozy lounge vibe.
Rumfish is a gastro-style wine bar done Central American style. Head up to the balcony of the beautiful old timber building and simple starters such as Peruvian ceviche or specialty mains such as Yucatán chicken or Caribbean fish stew.
Omar's Creole Grub serves some of the freshest seafood in town including: crab, lobster, shrimp or conch prepared either traditional Creole, Caribbean curry or coconut curry.
Brewed Awakenings serves perfectly brewed espresso coffee and a range of flavored seaweed shakes (the seaweed acts as a thickener and is said to contain various healthy vitamins). Great for an early morning caffeine fix.
Above Grounds offers great coffee drinks, bagels, muffins and people-watching from the raised wooden veranda deck. All coffee is Guatemalan organic, sourced directly from the farmers.
You should definitely include some of these places on your list of things to do in Placencia. The Nightlife is pretty mellow, with Barefoot Bar being a place where some gather to play a game of horse shoes. Streetfeet night club is more of a locals thing with the Jaguar Bowling Lanes and other places, one can certainly find and enjoy the nightlife of Placencia Peninsula have to offer.
Placencia Belize offers a great variety of activities that combine the best of its highland and its coast. Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is the home of five species of wildcats. The reserve contains hidden waterfalls for Rappelling, nature trails for bird watching and camping grounds. Zip Lining and Cave Tubing is perfect for groups or families. For adventures in the sea, you can explore the Reef by Snorkeling, Swimming or Diving with Rays, Nurse Sharks, Whale Sharks, turtles and beautiful fishes.
Join a day cruise and island hop to explore small islands, and simply enjoy paradise.
Wildside Adventure Tours
The village is also well known for Fly fishing. Many anglers come to Belize every year to get their Grand Slam. Take a cruise up the Monkey River and look out for manatees, dolphins, crocodiles, howler monkeys and other wild animals along the river bank. You can also visit Mayan Ruins and Sacred Caves on your inland adventures.
Mayan ruins near Placencia includes: Nim li punit and Lubaantun in the Toledo District. Xunatunich and Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins at the top choice among travelers to visit when vacation on the Peninsula.
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Getting to Placencia, Belize
Placencia Belize is sometimes referred to “the only Island you can actually drive to”. It is located in the Stann Creek District in South Eastern Belize. Placencia is approximately 160 miles from Belize City and 33 miles south of Dangriga (the capital of Stann Creek District). When travelling by car, you exit the airport onto the Northern Highway, Belize City will be to your right. You could go there and then get on the Western Highway for the trip to Belmopan where you turn south to Placencia. However, the easiest way is by plane which takes approximately 30 minutes.
You can book local flights from anywhere in Belize City to Placencia. A shuttle service is superb if you would like to travel to Placencia and see the sites. You can choose a private or shared shuttle, depending on your budget. When travelling on bus, one can get a cheap shuttle transfer to the City, and catch a bus going to southern Belize.
Stann Creek District