Maya Beach in Belize - Everything You Need to Know

Maya Beach in Belize

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If you want to get away from it all, there’s no better place to find yourself than Maya Beach in Southern Belize. This quaint, quiet destination is located on the Placencia Peninsula in the Stann Creek District. The Placencia Peninsula is a lovely stretch of land that includes Maya Beach, Placencia Village, and Seine Bight.

Maya Beach draws beachgoers who aren’t looking for a party scene and prefer a more secluded getaway. It is a great place to sit in the sunshine, kick your shoes off, and swing the day away in a beachfront hammock while you admire the view of the nearby Maya Mountains.

Although this community is small, you will still find great places to eat and drink. You can stay at one of the beachfront hotels and get a true feel for Belizean life in one of the authentic beach cabanas overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Many people who come to Maya Beach enjoy taking a canoe or kayak trip around the peninsula. The water is quite calm here, and it’s perfect for taking a dip. The nearby cayes are also great for snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing.


Maya Beach has stores where you can stock up on supplies. It also has excellent beach bars where you can cool off with a rum-based tropical cocktail or a cold Belikin beer. If you get hungry, Maya Beach specializes in outstanding seafood. Make sure to check out Mangos, an amazing beach bar that’s a favorite hangout of locals, expats, and tourists. Visit Maya Beach Hotel Bistro, which was voted the top restaurant in the area by the Belize Tourism Board.

If you’re in the mood for outdoor adventure, Maya Beach is close to Laughing Bird Caye National Park. This gorgeous habitat is named for the laughing gull, one of the many species that have found a safe haven here. Spend the day diving the waters and viewing birds and other species of all kinds. You’re also not far from the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, an impressive sanctuary operated by the Belize Audubon Society.

Maya Beach is a warm, welcoming spot where you can slow down and enjoy life. If you’re coming to Belize, make sure you put this charming seaside spot on your itinerary.

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