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Thirty years ago Placencia was a quiet fishing villages - Today this destination retains its traditional charm while offering first class amenities and services ...


The 16 mile road leading down the Placencia Peninsula, ending at the southern tip and Placencia village, is bordered on the east side by the Caribbean and miles of white sandy beach and on the west side by the mangrove-fringed Placencia Lagoon.

Map of BelizePlacencia village is where visitors will find the greatest concentration of guest services, including the boat dock, dive shops, a growing number of tour services; hotels, guest houses, coffee shops and restaurants. The less populated northern end, with its long stretches of secluded beach, is where you are likely to find many of the more higher-end resort accommodations. Locals boast Placencia to be one of the oldest continually inhabited communities in Belize. Reportedly, it was founded by English buccaneers in the early 1600's.

PlacenciaBefore tourism arrived, Placencia was a quiet fishing village with a narrow meandering sidewalk that served as its main –and only-street. Today this growing community retains its traditional “barefoot perfect” charm (and sidewalk) while offering first class amenities and activities.

Things To Do from Placencia

Placencia BeachPlacencia is world-renowned for offshore fishing where fly fishers stalk the picky permit in search of a Grand Slam and where hardy kayakers paddle from one caye to the next. And what trip to Placencia would be complete without a water excursion for some diving or snorkeling off Belize's pristine and un-crowded Barrier Reef. Those seeking inland adventure can visit towering rainforests and seldom visited rivers, pools and waterfalls. The peninsula itself runs for 16 miles, leaving uninterrupted views of the Caribbean and unimpeded routes for walking ...

SCUBA Diving

The Placencia area is rapidly becoming a popular driving spot. Here the dive sites are more pristine because they have felt less impact from boats and divers. As the Reef progresses southward along the coast, it begins to separate further away from the mainland. This results in substantial patches of coral reef, separated by channels forming canyon like walls, which rise sharply to form coral shoals and Caye's. This provides shallow sites for snorkelers, while at the same time allowing divers access to sites in deeper waters ... more


SnorkelingScores of islands off the coast make for great snorkeling. Laughing Bird Caye is the most well known and most frequented snorkel destination in the Placencia area. Swim with the many varieties of tropical fish, including Angelfish, Trumpet Fish, rays and beautiful Parrot fish. In addition, the caye offers excellent swimming along with a beautiful beach and a great place to picnic. The roughly 35 feet wide by 350 feet long caye and surrounding area has been designated a marine park.

Water Sports

FishingFishing in Placencia is a year-round sport .... inside or outside the reef, sea or lagoon, fly fishing, spin casting, trolling or deep sea fishing. Placencia has been called the "Permit Capital of the World". and over the last few years Placencia has seen a boom in the number of salt water fly fishermen to the area, most who come for the heart-pounding thrill of hooking the elusive permit, tarpon, snook or bone-fish - and getting the catch-and-release Grand Slam bragging rights!

Day SailsDay Sails with snorkeling and sunset cruises can be arranged on spacious mono hulls or catamarans. Day trips takes you out to the inner cayes where you can snorkel. Kayaks are on board, to use while the boat is moored. Fishing is also offered in the way of trolling while the boat is underway. Sunset cruises and moonlight sails can also be arranged. Sailboats & hobie cats are available for visitor use at a number of resort hotel accommodations.

Sea KayaksSea Kayaks are another way to enjoy the Caribbean waters off Placencia. Paddle through the unique mangrove habitat of Placencia Lagoon or nearby cayes where where you can explore this scenic area with a local guide or on your own.

Inland Excursions

From Placencia there are a number of inland attractions, including boating up the Monkey River, traveling to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve visiting Maya ruins or Blue Creek Cave.

Monkey RiverMonkey River - After a thirty minute dash through a maze of mangroves, where there is always the possibility of spotting manatees, you will arrive at the Village of Monkey River to pick up one of the local guides. From there it’s a leisurely glide back up the river where you will have the opportunity to explore mangrove habitat and watch for manatee, dolphin, tropical birds and the occasional crocodile ... more

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife PreserveCockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve - This preserve is the world’s first sanctuary created specifically for the elusive jaguar. The Cockscomb Basin is also home to one of Belize's highest points, Victoria Peak and a number of rare species, like the red eye tree frog. ... more

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