Get to Know Placencia Village Like A Local
The Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize is a popular visitor destination thanks to its gorgeous beaches and close proximity to some of the best snorkeling and diving sites on the Belize Barrier Reef. Placencia Village is the unofficial capital of the peninsula and is located at its southernmost tip.
Depending on who is counting, there are only about 2,000 full-time inhabitants of Placencia Village, many of which are engaged in traditional occupations like fishing. Increasingly, however, Placencia Village is becoming the shopping center of the peninsula, home to lovely boutique cafes, bars, restaurants, banks, and nightlife establishments.
Placencia Village is less than half a mile wide, but it is the proud holder of an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the smallest “main street” of any city on the planet. The main thoroughfare in Placencia Village is actually a pedestrian-only sidewalk that measures just four feet (120 cm) wide. This “main street” is where most of the shops, restaurants, and bars are, and it is lined with colorful murals drawn by local artists.
Placencia Village is also the home of an annual two-day cultural fair known as the Sidewalk Arts Festival. Every winter, Placencia Village converts its “main street” into a lively arts and crafts gallery with booths and stands selling art, handicrafts, homemade furniture, handmade clothing, games, food, and drinks. The Sidewalk Arts Festival also features live music concerts performed by some of the top musicians in Placencia and across the country. The Sidewalk Arts Festival is usually held in February, but the exact date varies. Proceeds from the Sidewalk Arts Festival go towards improving the local community.
In June, Placencia Village is home to a raucous, three-day celebration to herald the opening of the lobster fishing season. Originally mostly a local affair, today, Lobsterfest (as the celebration is known) attracts visitors from all across Belize and around the world. Chefs compete to produce tasty and innovative dishes made from lobster, and there are games and other events for the whole family to enjoy. Lobsterfest also includes live music and a very popular beach party that can go on all night until dawn.
Barefoot Rentals and Services is based in southeastern Belize and is the go-to source for insider tips on how to experience Placencia like a local as well as renting cars, golf carts, and dirt bikes for exploring the peninsula and surrounding area.