What Is There To Do in Placencia, Belize?

What Is There To Do in Placencia Belize

Placencia is an amazing beach destination to visit in Belize

Once you begin to do research on the best places to visit in Belize, you’ll begin to see the name Placencia Peninsula as a top-rated destination. Located on Belize’s southeastern Caribbean coast, Placencia is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, small shops and cafes, and the world’s smallest main street (actually, a pedestrian-only sidewalk lined with colorful murals).

Beyond strolling the beaches and admiring the view, what is there to do in Placencia? A lot!

The Belize Barrier Reef

The largest coral reef in the Western Hemisphere is just a few miles offshore from Placencia. Home to hundreds of islands and an incredibly diverse marine ecosystem, the reef is a mecca for activities like sailing, sea kayaking, fishing, scuba diving, and snorkeling. Many of these islands are inside protected conservation areas, allowing visitors to glimpse rare and endangered birds and animals like manatees and sea turtles.

Didn’t bring your own equipment? That’s okay as Placencia is home to dive shops with everything you need, including courses to quickly get you PADI-certified.

Whale Sharks

Once a year, between March and June, whale sharks visit the eastern reaches of the reef. Bigger than a school bus yet incredibly gentle, whale sharks circumnavigate the globe annually in search of food. Using six sets of filters, whale sharks feed exclusively on microscopic plankton and fish spawn, which is why they can be safely approached by human divers and snorkelers.


Placencia, despite its popularity as a tourist destination, is still primarily a fishing community. Once lobster fishing season opens in June, Placencia celebrates with a huge, three-day beach party featuring lots of fun games, live music, and, of course, all the lobster you can eat.

Garifuna Culture

Recognized by the United Nations for their unique contributions to the heritage of humanity, the Garifuna are an Afro-Caribbean culture famous for their music, drumming, and food. The village of Seine Bight on the Placencia Peninsula is home to the Garifuna, making it a great place to learn more about this amazing culture.

Barefoot Rentals and Services, a locally owned and operated travel company based in Placencia Belize, has vehicles to rent (including golf carts and dirt bikes), provides door-to-door transportation services, and organizes tours to all of the top activities in and around the Placencia Peninsula.

If you’re coming to Placencia, book your tours and car rentals with Barefoot Rentals and Services.

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