Why You Have to Visit Placencia Belize on Your Vacation

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Placencia Belize

Described by locals as “barefoot perfect”, Placencia is a small 16-mile long narrow peninsula in southeastern Belize with gorgeous beaches on the Caribbean side and a lovely mangrove-lined lagoons on the western side. Located just a few miles from the Belize Barrier Reef, Placencia is one of the country’s premiere spots for diving, fishing, cruising, and snorkeling vacations. Nearby on the mainland are several Garifuna villages, Maya ruins, and one of the country’s largest nature preserves complete with indigenous jaguars.

Why You Have to Visit Placencia Belize on Your Vacation

Belize is a beautiful country of sea and sand but the lovely peninsula of Placencia is truly something special. The perfect place to relax on the beach or head out for deeper waters for diving, kayaking, snorkeling, fishing and sailing, the peninsula seems designed by nature for the ideal tropical vacation. At the southern tip of the peninsula is the village of Placencia, a small town without a main street (a long narrow sidewalk recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for the smallest main street in the world) but plenty of idyllic bars, cafes and restaurants. The town also has several dive center outfits and charters for activities on the Belize Barrier Reef.

Where in Belize Is it Located?

Placencia is located on the Caribbean coast in southeastern Belize in Stann Creek District. Placencia is approximately a 30-minute drive south of the city of Dangriga.

When Is the Best Time to visit Placencia Belize

With fantastic weather all-year round and gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, just about any time is a good time to visit Placencia, keeping in mind that the rainy season runs from approximately June to November. Every year in February, the village hosts a Sidewalk Arts and Music Festival with plenty of entertainment options for the whole family. And every year in June, Placencia holds a Lobsterfest to celebrate the opening of lobster season.

Best way to Get to Placencia Belize

From Belize City, Placencia is about a 3 and a half hour drive south with well-marked signs along the Southern Highway.

Domestic air carriers Maya Island Air and Tropic Air have flights connecting Placencia Village and Belize City.

Best way to Experience Placencia Belize

Locals and frequent visitors alike will tell you to strip off your shoes, leave your phone behind, and enjoy Placencia the way locals do, relaxing along the golden sands, sipping on a fresh tropical cocktail or heading out to sea for some of the best diving and snorkeling anywhere in the country.

Contact us if you have any questions or need assistance in planning your Placencia Belize vacation.

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  • Silk Cayes Reply

    May 11, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    […] east of Placencia Village on the Placencia Peninsula; approximately 20 nautical miles from shore. Don’t expect a dock! […]

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