What makes Placencia in Southern Belize so Awesome!
One of the best and most affordable Caribbean vacation spots is a lovely little Belizean seacoast village just a few hours from the USA.
The Caribbean is home to one of the most laid back, pretty and interesting places, Placencia, Belize. Situated on the tip of a long sandy peninsula in southeastern Belize, this friendly little village is an affordable, uncrowded gem of a tropical paradise.
With sixteen miles of sandy beaches, the impossibly blue Caribbean on one side, a mangrove-fringed lagoon teeming with life on the other, Placencia is indeed very special. And just offshore are myriad cayes, or small islands, dotting Belize’s barrier reef, the second largest reef in the world. Uncrowded diving, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking and island exploration trips are less than an hour away.
The people of Placencia are from as diverse a background as visitors who choose our home as a destination in their travels. The synergy of the different cultures in Belize makes it an extraordinary travel destination for folks seeking rich cultural exchange.
Kayak the mangroves in our tranquil lagoon and perhaps you will be lucky enough to spot the manatees that live here. And if you are one of the many adventure travelers who come to Placencia, you can do the cayes by Kayak, camping along the way on the unspoiled islands that dot the horizon from there to the reef and back again.
Hire a boat down by the dock and take a trip to Monkey River where you will see our famous Howler Monkeys, Iguanas, and maybe even a Crocodile or two along the riverbank.
If you prefer a more leisurely trip, there are sailing options from catamarans with or without a crew to private sailboats for day sailings or overnights. Imagine a sunset cruise with your better half over some champagne and tasty Belizean food!
Placencia is the springboard to some of the best diving in Belize, if not the world! Beneath the turquoise waters of Placencia, Belize is an underwater world that exceeds every other Caribbean dive destination in diversity, size and scope. Extending over 185 miles north to south, the Belize Barrier Reef system is the greatest stretch of coral in the Western Hemisphere and the second largest barrier reef in the world. The reef system encompasses wall drop-offs, pinnacles, spur and groove formations, swim-through and more.
When you finally exhausted all the wonderful options around the peninsula, you can expand your horizons by joining one of the many guided land tours offered from the village: the nearby Maya Ruins of Lubaantun and Nim Li punit, cave tours or jungle trails through Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary-the world’s first Jaguar Reserve-just to name a few.