White sand beaches, brilliant blue waters and a hundred ways to enjoy the coastal treasures of Belize await you at Placencia. Spend your days in the water diving, fishing, snorkeling or just relaxing on the beach, and your nights at the many interesting restaurants and watering holes that feature local food, culture and live music.
Sixteen miles of natural sandy beach, a wilderness of coral-studded cayes, a virgin mangrove-fringed lagoon, nearby jungle rivers, and pristine rainforest, Garifuna, Creole and Mayan cultures, and ancient Maya ruins make Placencia the ideal location for the adventurous traveler!
The people of Placencia are from as diverse a background as the visitors who chose Placencia as a destination in their travels (travel tips). Its beautiful sandy beach is a great temptation to just take advantage of the diversity of the many hotels, guest houses, and restaurants, grab a hammock and relax and enjoy the view, or explore the offerings of our wonderful home.
Placencia is a a paradise for the nature lover in you, as its knowledgeable guides, will show you. Start by exploring the beauty of the abundance of plants and flowers, and the birds and butterflies and iguanas they attract throughout the village.
Kayak the mangroves in our tranquil lagoon and perhaps you will be lucky enough to spot the manatees who live here. And if you are one of the many adventure travelers who come to Placencia (getting around Belize), you can do the cayes by kayak, camping along the way on the unspoiled islands that dot the horizon from there to the reef and back again.
Hire a boat down by the dock and take a trip to Monkey River where you will see our famous Howler Monkeys, iguanas, and maybe even an alligator or two along the river shore. If your pleasure is a more leisurely trip around the uncrowded waters, there are sailing options from the catamarans available with or without a crew, to private sailboats for day-sailing or overnights, complete with captain and catering.
A trip to Placencia is not complete without a boat ride to the cayes, whether your desire is to snorkel the many small reefs and flats, dive our uncrowded pristine reef, fish the flats, or just relax on one of the many delightful cayes that lie between Placencia and the Barrier Reef – second in size only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
And when you’ve exhausted all the wonderful options around the peninsula, expand your horizons with a tour to the nearby Mayan Ruins of Lubaantun and Nim Li Punit, Cave tours, or explore the jungle trails through Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve.