Located in Belize’s southeastern Stann Creek District, the Placencia Peninsula measures about a mile wide and 16 miles north to south with beautiful beaches along the Caribbean Sea on the eastern side and a mangrove-lined lagoon, an angler’s paradise, on the western side. Just a quick drive or few minutes’ flying time from Belize City, Placencia has become one of the most popular visitor destination in the country.
“I fell in love with its ‘Barefoot Culture’ the moment I saw it,” said Brian Youmans of Tamarac, Fla. “The views are simply amazing and I love how friendly and welcoming everyone is.”
Things to Do and See in Placencia
The Belize Barrier Reef begins just a few miles offshore from Placencia and offers a number of popular activities, including:
- Laughing Bird Caye – A nationally protected park and an ideal spot for scuba diving, kayaking, and snorkeling.
- Whale Sharks – The largest fish in the ocean, whale sharks migrate to Belize every year, giving divers a unique opportunity to interact with these gentle giants.
- Fishing – There are so many game fish teeming in the waters off of Belize that it’s nearly impossible to list them all, including: tarpon, barracuda, permit fish, bone fish and marlin.
The mainland of southern and southeastern Belize is home to some of the most popular attractions, including:
- Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary – An enormous wildlife preserve that is an excellent place for hikers to see tropical birds, howler monkeys, tapirs and jaguars in their native habitat.
- Belize Maya Ruins – Belize was once the heartland of the Ancient Maya Empire. Today, some of the most popular ruins like Lubantuun, Nim Li Punit and Xunantunich are just a short drive from Placencia.
- Belizean Food – With a long history of fishing, it’s no surprise that Placencia is a seafood lover’s dream come true. Enjoy dozens of kinds of fish, lobster, conch and other delicacies served up Belizean style.
The award-winning resort of Laru Beya is located on a private stretch of beach on the sun-kissed Placencia Peninsula. With hammocks on every balcony, an onsite restaurant and bar, and a beautiful setting right on the beach make the resort of Laru Beya an ideal place to relax and unwind. Laru Beya is also located just a few steps from the iconic Garifuna village of Seine Bight and is just 10 minutes drive to Placencia Village.