Placencia is now one of the country’s top tourist destinations, especially for those stopping over on their Caribbean cruise in the southern part of the country, and it is also well visited by Belizeans from across the country on local holidays. The peninsula has many restaurants, some of which are set up in the patios of private homes along the path between the beach and the lagoon. Our VeroBelize Travel Expert recommends a delicious plate heaped with stewed chicken and rice and beans for about US$5.
There are several small gift shops, a post office and some night life. Nearby Independence Village (Mango Creek) has a disco and weekend activity for the adventurous wishing to get out of Placencia, as well as a big football field which is home to one of Belize’s top football clubs. A trip to nearby Seine Bight, a traditional Garifuna village a few miles north of the peninsula, provides a chance to sample Garifuna cooking and music (including traditional drumming and modern Punta Rock). The Maya ruins of Nim Li Punit and Lubantuum, as well as the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve are a day trip from Placencia.
The Placencia Lagoon is an important breeding area for saltwater crocodiles, marine turtles and the rare and endangered manatees; there are also numerous species of birds. The Placencia Lagoon has dolphins, rays (the lagoon is a nursery for some species of rays), mangrove forests, birding by canoe or kayak, fishing (juvenile tarpon, snook, barracuda), and extensive wetlands.
Placencia Peninsula is about a two and half hour drive from Belmopan, capital of Belize. The once bumpy Placencia road is now fully paved but unfortunately has dozens of speed bumps, so unless you know the road well, stick to under 50 miles per hour. A modern airstrip is right at the entrance to the peninsula.
Placencia is located at 16°30′50″N 88°22′0″W (map opens in new window).
Dozens of islands off the Placencia coast make for exotic day trips and romantic overnights. Below the surface whether by snorkel or scuba, divers will discover forests of coral and schools of colorful fish including the biggest of them all the, majestic whale shark.
Fly fishers look for the picky permit in search of a Grand Slam while hardly kayakers paddle from one Postcard Island to the next. For more leisurely island hopping climb aboard a luxury catamaran complete with a captain and catering staff.
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