Placencia is a small town at the end of a long 16 miles of white sandy beach peninsula. Belize is the only English-speaking country in Central America. Belize is an amazing country, with incredible nature and friendly people. Belize has the lowest population density in Central America and is home to the Belize barrier reef, one of the largest coral reef systems in the world. Belize has a tropical climate with pronounced wet and dry seasons. Belize’s currency is pegged to the US dollar at a 2 to 1 ratio.
Placencia, Belize is located on a long skinny peninsula lined with beaches. In many other places in Belize, the water is not drinkable, but Placencia’s tap water is clean and drinkable. Placencia dug pipes under the lagoon to get fresh water from its source in the Mayan mountains. It’s a blessing to have clean drinking water because if you spend time in Placencia it’s hot. Located on the southern coast of Belize, Placencia has a reputation for being hotter than other areas the locals
Getting to Placencia
From Belize City –Ritchie’s Bus Service Belize City / Placencia $10 us
From Belize City -James Bus Line Belize City / Independence / Hokey Pokey Water Taxi
Water Taxi Independence / Mango Creek — Placencia $5 us
Lydia’s Guest House (*Highly Recommended) $25 us Lydia’s Guest House has a communal kitchen, bathrooms, and front porch hammocks. After a day of snorkeling, laying on the beach, or one of many activities Lydia’s is a nice place to come back to. The guest house is just off the beach and has convenient access to town. The shared bathrooms are very clean, and there were 3 bathrooms for 4 rooms.
Trade Winds Cabanas (Trip Advisor) $65US + private budget cabanas,
Places to Eat
OMAR’S CREOLE GRUB (Trip Advisor) Fresh seafood, great people, (*Highly Recommended)
DE TATCH Connected to The Seaspray Hotel, on the Beach, Good food, good service. (*Highly Recommended)
Tipsy Tuna sports bar. on the Beach, good food, tourist, and local hot spot.
COFFEE Above Grounds Serves Guatemalan-grown coffee. We talked with a man who turned out to be the owner. He’s totally worth supporting. For a country that grows coffee, it is surprisingly difficult to find a cup of coffee in Belize.
Things to Do
Snorkeling/Diving Eagle Ray Tours (Trip Advisor) Tricia the lady at the office was very helpful. Our guide BoBo was a local older gentleman. It was a delight to spend the day being guided by him. (*Don’t forget to tip your Guide)
Fishing Opportunities for fishing are amazing. You can troll Kingfish, barracuda, or Tuna. Spincast or flyfish for tarpon, bonefish, or snook. Bottom fish for Snapper or Jack
Sailing Placencia has many sailing excursions out to (Glover’s reef) (South Water Caye Marine reserve) Glover’s & South Water Caye are the 2 most amazing islands in the outer Belize Barrier Reef.
Chill at the Beach Great thing about the Placencia Peninsula is that no matter where you stay you’re no more than a 5-minute walk from a beach.
Humming Bird Highway Drive through Belize’s mountain range, visit (Blue Hole National Park), and photograph some of Belize’s most amazing landscapes.
Tips for Travelers
Plan to photograph Sunrises and sunsets (Placencia is on a peninsula so you get unobstructed beach views of both). Most people go to bed early (we were asked to leave a hotel because we were making noise at 10 pm) See the Whale Sharks (Book early w/Dive shops if you want to see the famous whale sharks during the full moons of May and June)