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Everything You Need To Know About Visiting Placencia, Belize

The ultimate travel guide to Placencia, Belize. Wondering what to do in Placencia, one of the coolest destinations in Belize? In this guide, I share everything you need to know when planning a trip to Placencia, including where to eat, where to stay, things to do, what to know, and more! #Placencia #Belize #Caribbean

Belize is such a great place to vacation, especially if you live in the US. It’s like visiting the Caribbean before it got overpopulated and touristy. Placencia is the perfect amount of local, beach life with a dash of the Caribbean in Central America. It’s easy to get around town, easy to jump around to other islands, the locals speak English, the US dollar has great value, and the temperatures are always warm! Plus flights to Belize are cheap! 

 

Arriving to Placencia, Belize

 

 

Where is Placencia

Placencia is a small peninsula measuring about 1 mile across and 16 miles north and south attached to the southeastern corner of Stann Creek District in southeastern Belize. Due to its unique geography, the Placencia Peninsula offers visitors two very different terrains. On the landward side, the peninsula is bordered by several mangrove-lined lagoons, known for their rich abundance of fishing opportunities. The seaward side fronts the Caribbean and offers spectacular vistas and easy access to the nearby Belize Barrier Reef. The beaches of Placencia Peninsula are renowned for their pristine beauty.

We stayed at Laru Beya in Placencia, rented a golf cart, and went out to explore Placencia. It was so much fun! I would highly recommend doing that regardless of what resort you stay at. Save up to 50% on Beach Accommodations all over the world! No booking fees ever.

Grab a bike, golf cart, or scooter and head to the end of Placencia where the pier is. You can park there and take the “sidewalk” through town. There are tons of restaurants and shops to pop in. The “sidewalk” is renowned as being the narrowest main street in the world and is noted in the Guinness World Book of Records. There is also a beach at the end where you can hang out by the water. Mind the sign that says, “don’t feed the crocs”. 

Map of the island

Where to eat in Placencia

Recommended restaurants:

  1. De Tatch – nice beach setting
  2. Rum Fish y Vino – cozy lively atmosphere
  3. La Dolce Cita – romantic real Italian food
  4. Yoli’s Bar & Grill – nice setting on the end of the dock with views of the many yachts anchored close by
  5. Wendy’s Creole Restaurant & Bar – air conditioning eating
  6. Tutti Frutti – for the best ice cream in Belize! Amazing flavors
  7. Barefoot Beach Bar & Tipsy Tuna – Every local I asked said to visit here. Beachside bars known to party!
  8. Maya Beach Bistro – friendly service 

The food in Placencia was a dream! One of the best destinations in Belize for foodies

Things to Know

Supermarket:

-Top Value Supermarket

-Publics Store

The pharmacy is situated above Wallen’s Hardware.

Weather:

Like the rest of Belize, the Placencia Peninsula enjoys warm temperatures all year-round. The green season runs approximately from May to November, with heavier rains usually found in September and October. Daytime temps average between about 70F (21C) to 83F (28C) and nights range from about 70F (20C) to 77F (25C).

Banks: (all have an ATM machine)

-Scotia Bank

-Atlantic Bank

-Belize Bank

Gym:

-Tony’s Gym and Paddle Boarding

Exploring the island on a golf cart

Golf Cart Rental: 

4 hrs – $35 US

8hrs – $50 US

24hrs – $70 US

Taxi:

$10 US for 2 people to go into town from Laru Beya which is above 4 miles away. 

Ritchie’s Bus

The local bus charges $1 US one way

The dreamy waters of Placencia, Belize

 

What To Do In Placencia

Here’s a list of things to do in the Stann Creek District which includes Placencia, Hopkins, and the capital Dangriga. The Stann Creek District contains diverse tourist experiences: the beautiful white sandy beaches of Placencia (and inviting offshore cayes), rugged Maya Mountains, the lush jungles of the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve, and both the Garifuna art, music, cuisine and culture and, in certain areas, Maya Culture. The Stann Creek district is also a major banana, citrus and other fruit-producing region.

  1. Take a day trip to Offshore Islands – Silk Cayes and Laughing Bird National Park
  2. Snorkle the Silk Caye and South Water Caye Marine Reserve
  3. Explore Hopkins Village and Placencia Village on bike
  4. Shop along the Placencia Sidewalk
  5. Enjoy beachfront walks
  6. Take the “Bunches of Fun” Banana Farm Tour
  7. Go birding on the Sittee River
  8. Visit Belize’s historical reserve, Serpon Sugar Mill near the village of Sittee River
  9. Spot wildlife on the Monkey River Boat Ride
  10. Visit Gulisi Garifuna Museum 
  11. Kayak at the Glover’s Reef Atoll
  12. Jungle Hike, Zip-line and waterfall Rappel at Mayflower Bocawina National Park
  13. Hike Victoria Peak
  14. Explore Davis Falls on ATV
  15. Dive with Whale Sharks (between March-June)
  16. Try the Sere, a favorite Garifuna dish
  17. Enjoy beer and curry night every Tuesday at Belize Ocean Club
  18. Charter a boat
  19. Come for Lobsterfest (June)


How you wind up feeling about Placencia really depends on what you’re looking for. If it’s laid-back ambience, varied accommodations and some of the best restaurants in Southern Belize,  this beachfront paradise may well prove to be your personal Margaritaville. If it’s off-the-beaten-path adventure and cheaper living you’re after,Placencia might serve better as a way-station. Come on down for a few days of sandy beaches, sunny skies and great seafood before heading off to less trodden paths. – Lonely Planet

 

Photos to Inspire You To Visit Placencia

The colorful harbor of Placencia, Belize

The island is so colorful!



Welcome to Belize

Colorful island

Exploring Placencia, Belize

 

Enjoying the pool at our hotel



Free paddleboards in Placencia

The drinks were amazing

Coconuts

The pool at the hotel was dreamy!



Aeriel View of our hotel

Aeriel View of our hotel

 



 

The ultimate guide to plan the perfect vacation in Placencia, Belize. From what to do to where to eat and where to stay, this travel guide is everything you need to plan the perfect holiday in Belize's coolest destination. #Placencia #Belize #Caribbean
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The ultimate guide to Placencia, Belize - from where to eat to what to do and where to stay as well as some invaluable tips to help you plan the perfect vacation in Placencia, my favorite destination in Belize! #Placencia #Belize #Caribbean
  

 

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