Get Expert, Insider Advice on Exploring Belize
Living in San Pedro, on Belize’s Ambergris Caye, I’m a bit spoiled. It offers spectacular Caribbean Sea activities and lifestyle options. So I don’t typically need to take a vacation to anywhere else in Belize. But I recently spent a wonderful week checking out Placencia and it far exceeded my expectations. Each morning I woke to find a calm, glistening sea, it’s surface smooth as glass…a delightful way to start the day!
Much has changed on the Placencia Peninsula in the last number of years, so if you’re thinking of adding Placencia to your list of places to visit in Belize, I’m going to share some of my travel tips.
Since the Placencia Peninsula is 17 miles long and rather spread out you’ll need a car to get around. To save time, many tourists fly directly from Belize International airport to Placencia, rather than drive there, which takes an extra day.
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If you do fly, my recommendation is to spend the first few days at a resort in or near Placencia Village. That way you can get around on foot, by bike, or a short taxi ride. As car rentals are expensive in Belize you’ll also save on the rental costs this way. (If you do decide to rent a car, you’ll get the best deal by renting from a company in or around Belize City and the international airport. They compete for service so offer better prices.)
Things to do in Placencia
You can easily spend a few days exploring Placencia Village on foot. There’s also plenty of activities like snorkeling, diving, fishing, or boating tours. Your resort can help you set up whatever tour you are interested in taking.
You’ll find plenty of appealing cafes, bars, restaurants, and gift shops worth checking out too. It’s fun to explore this quirky, colorful village, parts of which can only be reached on foot. Favorite expat hangouts on the Peninsula include: Above Grounds Coffee House and the Barefoot Bar in the village, and Mango’s at Maya Beach. So if you’re looking to speak to some people and find out what it’s like to live here, it’s worth stopping by.