A small island town located in the Stann Creek District of Belize, Placencia is for many a little slice of heaven. With a white sand beach on its eastern side and a bay on the western side, Placencia is a long, narrow peninsula. It was once a fishing village that today serves mainly as a place for guests to relax. Today, it is home to approximately 750 permanent residents and many visitors. Placencia is best known for: containing the world’s narrowest sidewalk, whale shark season in the spring.
Placencia is about a three-hour direct drive away from Belize City. Taking the public bus is by far the cheapest option, but it will take quite a bit of time. The most convenient yet most expensive way to get here is by taking a flight with Tropic Air into the village’s nearby airport.
Once you arrive in Placencia, the best way to get around is by foot. The village is rather small and very safe and walkable. There are also usually a handful of taxi drivers who mill around town offering rides around Placencia, or you can opt to rent a bicycle or golf cart.
Where to Stay in Placencia
Being a tourist town, Placencia has lots of accommodations options including the higher end Roberts Grove luxury hotel, vacation home rentals, and in-between options. Nearly every property will be within a short walking distance of the beach, if not directly on a beach.
What to do in Placencia
Placencia is a hotspot for a number of ocean-based water activities including scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, fishing, and kayaking. Many notable ocean sites are reasonably close, such as the world’s second-largest great barrier reef, Laughing Bird Caye (a National Park and World Heritage Site), and the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve. These sites are about a 45-minute boat ride away.
Belize Ocean Wildlife
The Caribbean ocean is home to a unique array of marine life including rays, sharks, moray eels, barracudas, turtles, coral reefs, many varieties of fish, and pristine white sand beaches. If you visit during the months of March through June, you may also have the opportunity to do a whale shark tour when they come to Belize to spawn.
Inland Jungles and Reserves
In addition to a plethora of water-based activities, Placencia is also fairly close to inland jungles including the Cockscomb Basin Reserve, Blue Hole National Park, and Barton Creek Cave. You could even arrange a day trip tour to San Ignacio to visit the many Maya ruins.
Food and Drink in Placencia
Being a fishing town, Placencia has a number of seafood restaurants in the area. Favorites among visitors include Omar’s, De Tatch, Purple Space Monkey, Barefoot Bar, and Rumfish y Vino, to name a few. In terms of unique, local dishes, be sure to sample lobster, conch, barracuda, ceviche, and any fresh catches of the day that find their way onto restaurant menus. For dessert, be sure to save room for tasty gelato at Tutti Frutti Gelateria, the local ice cream shop owned by a nice Italian couple.