In winter, the weather outside is often frightful, but it’s always much more delightful when you’re in Belize! The country enjoys a year-round tropical climate similar to Miami where “winter” means long sunny days and perfect T-shirt and sandals weather. And the world is really starting to take notice of Belize’s amazing beaches. Condé Nast Traveler, the luxury lifestyle and travel publication, recently included Belize on its list of must-see destinations in 2019 and had glowing praise in particular for Belize’s Placencia Peninsula.
Measuring just 16 miles from north to south and half a mile wide, Placencia on Belize’s southeast coast looks and feels much like an island. Still possessing an old-world fishing village charm, Placencia has emerged over the past decade to become one of the most sought-after destinations in Belize. The golden sand beaches are regularly declared to be the most beautiful in the country, a rare honor indeed for a nation with over 200 miles of beaches. Placencia is also close to some of the finest scuba diving and snorkeling sites on the nearby reef. And the lagoon on the western edge of the peninsula is a mangrove-lined nature park where birds, animals, and plants thrive.
Many visitors, however, are drawn to Placencia by the friendliness of its people. Estimated to be around just 2,000 permanent residents, Placencia is home to several different cultures living side by side in harmony. Whether it’s cultural trips to the village of Seine Bight or enjoying fresh-caught fish at a restaurant in Placencia Village, the entire peninsula exudes a genuine warmth and friendliness that makes everyone feel right at home.
And although Placencia has its own airstrip with daily “puddle jumper” flights from Belize City as well as a narrow isthmus connecting it to the mainland, most people in Placencia get around by bicycle or golf cart, further adding to this area’s laid-back charm. Boutique shops, colorful murals, and fantastic views of the Caribbean all make Placencia the ultimate beach destination in Belize.
And there’s no finer beach resort in Belize than Laru Beya. In fact, the name Laru Beya means “on the beach” in the Garifuna language. Laru Beya is a member of the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame and has everything you need to enjoy a great vacation, including a three-story open-air restaurant, infinity swimming pool, complimentary use of kayaks and Hobie Cat sailboats, and the country’s only miniature golf course.
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