Where is Placencia?
mile long Placencia Peninsula is home to 3 communities: Maya Beach, Seine Bight,
and at the southern tip, Placencia
with a claim to the best beaches on the mainland. Considered to be the best main land beach location that offers water based activities as well as mainland adventure options. Placencia has a combination of small and mid-size hotels and resorts and a variety of other lodging options such as vacation rentals, condos, villas and beach houses and cabanas. If you are thinking about snorkeling the 2nd largest barrier reef or scuba diving the reef or better yet with Whale Sharks or sailing the horizon then come to Placencia you will find it all here and much more.
Getting to Placencia.
You can arrive in
Placencia by air or by road. If you have the time, no matter which direction
you travel from, driving is interesting and scenic. Two local airlines fly to Placencia several times a day from the International Airport and the Belize City Municipal, at Toucan Vacations we can assist you with all flight information including reserving flights at discounted rates. There are several car rental agencies in Belize that we can arrange for your drive through the scenic highways of Belize especially Hummingbird highway. Toucan Vacations can also assist you with group or individual charters and transfers from any location in Belize to Placencia. There is a new Placencia shuttle service running daily from Belize Airport/Belize City to Placencia. The final option to get to Placencia is by far the most adventurous by bus which takes about 5 hours from Belize City or San Ignacio and is quite the adventure which some may like and others definitely would not enjoy. If you need information on any of the options to get to Placencia feel free to contact one of our local experts for assistance.
Locations in Placencia
1. Placencia Village
Locals boast Placencia Village to be
one of the oldest continually inhabited communities in Belize. Reportedly, it
was founded by English buccaneers in the early 1600's. Before tourism arrived,
Placencia was primarily a fishing village. Today many of the fishermen have
given up their lines and spear guns for binoculars and dive gear, using their
local knowledge to guide tourists.
Placencia is well known for it's
very laid-back, no-shoes ambience where locals go out of their way to make sure
you enjoy your visit.
A one mile concrete sidewalk serves as the main street for Placencia Village, around
which wooden houses built on stilts rest underneath palms. Constructed over 30
years ago as a means of wheel-barrowing fish around without fighting the sand,
Placencia's walkway now has the distinction of being the narrowest street in
the world, according to the "Guinness Book of World Records." A number
of village accommodations, restaurants/bars, and gift shops are located along the walkway.
2. Seine Bight Village, Placencia Peninsula
Bight Village is a Garifuna village located about 4 miles north of Placencia
Village on the Placencia Peninsula in the Stann Creek District of southern
(or Garinagu - the Africanized term for Garifuna) culture and history is
fascinating -- combining slavery, tyranny, intrigue, revolts, uprisings,
plagues, pestilence and treachery. Notwithstanding their turbulent history, the Garifuna have managed to preserve their unique
culture with their punta and Wanaragua dances, sacred drumming, Anancy folk
tales, ancestral worship, Elder's Councils and other cultural practices.
the international jury of the World Heritage Center in Paris has proclaimed the
"Garifuna Culture" to be "a masterpiece of the oral and
intangible heritage of humanity." The proclamation recognizes Garifuna
language, music, dance and spiritual values to be of outstanding universal
value to all humanity.
Seine Bight Village is close to the perfect place to learn about Garifuna
culture and history. Seine Bight is small (population of approximately
800 people), so visitors are easily able to meet and talk with Village
residents and elders. Plus, Seine Bight was fairly isolated until about
12 years ago when the Peninsula road was built - - allowing its unique Garifuna
culture to survive and prosper.
3. Maya Beach, Placencia Peninsula
a beautiful expat community on the Placencia Peninsula in Belize is one of the
ideal getaway areas in Belize. With 5 miles of lovely beach, swaying coconut
trees, small and cozy lodging options this may be the ideal location for your
next Vacation in Belize. If you like serenity and comfort your will chose Maya
Beach. Restaurants, a few bars, few shops and nice group of people form this
community on the 16 mile Placencia Peninsula. With the Caribbean Sea on one
side and the lagoon on the other you get sunrises and sunsets that cannot be
replaced right here. If you want to get away from it ALL, Maya Beach is the place for you.
Things to do and see in Placencia.
1. Snorkeling - Inner Cayes snorkeling, Belize adventure snorkeling, Reef snorkeling
2. Scuba Diving - Barrier Reef Diving, Glovers Reef Diving & Scuba Instruction
3. Whale Shark Diving & Snorkeling - Swim, Dive and Snorkel with Whale Sharks.
4. World Class Fishing - Fly Fishing, Sport & Recreational Fishing
5. Monkey River - Wildlife and Manatee Watching River Tour.
6. Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve - Jungle Hike, Waterfall Swim & River Tubing
7. Sailing Charters - Catamaran Sailing, Rasta Sailing & Learn to Sail
8. Mayan Ruins - Xunantunich, Nim Li Punit & Lubaantun
9. Bird Watching - Enjoy various bird watching tours including Red Bank Scarlet Macaw.
10. Cave Tubing & Zip lining - Tubing through Mayan Caves & Zip lining through the Jungle.
11. Cave Exploration & Swimming - Blue Creek Cave & St. Herman's Cave (Blue Hole National Park)
12. Kayaking - Kayak the sea or pleasant lagoon
13. Mayflower Archaelogical Reserve - Waterfalls Hike and Ruins
14. Real Estate Shopping - Investing in Placencia Condos, Hotels, Land and Property
15. Biking - If you like biking you will enjoy biking through the villages and communities.
16. Golf Cart Rides- Rent a cart for an hour, half day or day and explore the peninsula.
17. Exploring - Rent a car and explore Stann Creek & Toledo Districts
Shops, Restaurants and Entertainment in Placencia
As a developing tourist destination Placencia boasts interesting small restaurant and shop options. Whether its beach restaurants such as De Tatch and Cozy Corner in the village or upscale choices such as the Turtle Inn restaurant, Robert's Grove seaside restaurant or the Bistro in Maya Beach you are sure to feel and taste the Caribbean flavor. Other notable restaurants are Wendy's Restaurant, La Dolce Vita Italian, Habaneros Mexican Grill and Purple Space Monkey for food and great entertainment. There are a host of small gift shops in the village along the sidewalk or on the main road. Nightlife in Placencia
Where to stay in Placencia?
Lodging in Placencia Village
Placencia Village Resorts
Turtle Inn Resort
Chabil Mar Resort
South Waters Resort
Placencia Village Hotels & Guest Houses
Paradise Vacation Hotel
La Chapelle Suites
Cozy Corner Hotel
Sea Spray Hotel
Dianni's Guest House
Julia's Guest House
Placencia Village Apartments & Villas
The North Beach Villas
Three Iguanas Villas
Easy Living Apartments
Blue Lagoon Apartments
Placencia Village Condos
Casa Del Sol
Placencia Village Vacation Rentals
George Cowdrey's House
White Sand Villa
Decked Out House
Blue Garden House
One World Rentals
Maya Dream Beach House
Palmetto Place Guest House
Placencia Village Beach Cabanas
Harry's Cozy Cabanas
Las Amigas Cabanas
The Village Inn Cabanas
Heavan's Gate Beach Bungalow
Bull's Beach Cabanas
Lodging in Placencia Peninsula
Placencia Peninsula Resorts
Bella Maya Resort
Laru Beya Resort
Calico Jack's Village Resort
Miller's Landing Resort
Nautical Inn Resort
Lost Reef Resort
Singing Sands Inn
Casa at Last Couples only Resort
Placencia Peninsula Hotels
The Placencia Hotel
Maya Breeze Inn
Maya Beach Hotel
Placencia Peninsula Apartments & Villas
Beach Front Suites
Diving Pelican Suites
Bahia Laguna Suites
Placencia Peninsula Condos
Placencia Peninsula Vacation Rentals
Ocean's Edge Beach Houses
Joyce and Franks
Barnacle Bills Beach Bungalows
Ah-Kinchil Beach House
The Sea Grape Escape
Aqua Villa House
Big Dog's Villa
Placencia Peninsula Beach Cabanas
Green Parrot Beach Houses
Maya Playa Resort
Blue Crab Beach resort
The Maine Stay
Placencia Island Lodging
French Louie Caye
Whipray Caye Lodge