About Placencia & Belize
The Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize is one of the country’s most popular vacation destinations. With 16 miles of pristine beaches and an unforgettable view of the Caribbean Sea, Placencia is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Belize and throughout Central America. Learn a little more about the history of Belize and Placencia below.
ABOUT PLACENCIA VILLAGE
Placencia Peninsula is sixteen miles long and is home to three vibrant communities. Two are Seine Bight and Maya Beach, the other, Placencia Village, is at the southern tip of the peninsula and the heart of the region. Placencia is just a 35-minute flight from Belize City. You will find Laru Beya Resort nestled among these villages, secluded enough to have a private beach experience, yet in close proximity to major cultural and natural attractions when you are ready to explore.
Famous for being one of the oldest continually inhabited communities in Belize, Placencia was founded in the early 1600’s by English buccaneers. Placencia was a small fishing village until the age of tourism. Many fishermen saw the benefit of catering to the tourist trade, so they exchanged their fishing lines for snorkeling and scuba gear. Their detailed knowledge of the waters, the reef, and the dive holes make them perfect guides.
Placencia Village’s pedestrian friendly, main street is unique to say the least. It was built about thirty years ago and is surrounded by swaying palms and bordered by traditional wooden houses in the center of the village. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, it is the narrowest main street in the entire world! As you stroll along this unique walkway, known as “The Sidewalk” you will pass restaurants, bars, and gift shops.
Placencia is a perfect base from which to explore many of Belize’s natural attractions. Cruise the Monkey River, travel inland to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Reserve, or visit the ancient Maya ruins, of which Belize has more than a hundred. Swim, snorkel, or kayak along the sparkling blue Caribbean coast. Just a few miles offshore lie countless small islands (known locally as “cayes”) and atolls along the Belize Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef in the hemisphere, world-famous for offshore fishing, scuba diving, island hopping, and snorkeling.
Beyond the reef and rainforest, Placencia offers so much more. With an easy going lifestyle and “go slow” motto, the villagers of Placencia are warm, friendly, and take pride in the beauty and culture of their village. So much so, that several American and Canadian expats have made Placencia their home away from home and have purchased property to enjoy a permanent winter escape!
Often referred to as “Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret,” Belize is a small nation located in Central America. Bordered by Mexico and Guatemala to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east, Belize is both ethnically and biologically diverse making it a fascinating place to visit. Not many places can boast lush tropical rainforests filled with waterfalls and rivers, a vast array of ancient Mayan temples, white-sandy beaches, as well as legendary diving, fishing, and snorkeling along the second largest barrier reef in the World all in one location.
The Mayan civilization reigned in the area for more than 2,000 years, so its dominance here in the development of the country is clear. There are many ruins in the area that you can explore, including Lubaantun, Xunantunich, and others. The European influence began when Christopher Columbus reached the area in 1502. For more than 100 years, Belize was a colony of British Honduras and proudly gained its independence in 1981. Today, Belize is a peaceful, democratic country diverse in people, cultures, and ethnicities.
With a little more than 350,000 residents, Belize is one of the least densely populated areas in Central America. A true melting pot of cultures, the traditions and customs practiced in Belize commonly derive from eight different cultures including: Mayan, Creole, Garifuna, Mestizo, Mennonite, Arab, East Indian, and Chinese. Furthermore, many people from Europe and North America have settled in Belize. While each culture has their own unique native tongue, English is the official and most commonly spoken language in Belize, making it easy for travelers to navigate our beautiful country. Laru Beya Resort is located in the southern part of Belize and is home the Creole, Garifuna, Mestizo, and Maya people of the Placencia Peninsula.
With a subtropical climate, there is rarely a bad time of year to visit our country due to the pleasant weather year round. The average annual temperature is approximately 80 degrees Fahrenheit with water temperatures ranging in the mid-80’s.
Travelers from all walks of life will enjoy everything that Belize has to offer. We invite you to relish in the comfortable elegance and privacy of our Belize beach resort at Laru Beya. Contact us today to reserve your all inclusive vacation in paradise and experience all that Belize has to offer!
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