Located on a small peninsula along the southern coast of the Belize mainland, Placencia is a sleepy area that is famous for its incredible fishing, annual Lobster Festival, and the annual migration of the whale sharks.
Much smaller and more laid back than many of the other tourist spots in Belize, Placencia is not necessarily the place to visit if you are just looking to party in the Caribbean.
Placencia is the only spot on the Belize mainland where you can find white sand beaches. On the tip of the peninsula, you can experience the charm of a traditional Creole fishing village with numerous eateries, bars, art galleries, and gift shops. Further north, visitors can also find bigger and more upscale hotels and condominiums available. There are spas, marinas, and several fine dining spots, including a beachfront restaurant at Francis Ford Coppola’s property.
For those looking for some adventure, Placencia offers numerous water activities including fishing, diving, and snorkeling. Those looking for a bit more education will enjoy the archaeological, cultural and rainforest tours available.
Placencia may sound familiar, even if you have never visited, as its narrow sidewalk is included in the Guinness World Book of Records for the narrowest street in the world. And please note, this is a walk street only — do not try to bring a golf cart down it! You will have locals yelling at you, and you also run the risk of damaging the golf cart itself.
If you are unsure what time to visit the Placencia Peninsula, consider coming between February and May. It is during the dry season and a great time to come if you have an interest in diving with the Whale sharks as they make their annual migration. If June fits your schedule better, make room for the annual June Lobster Festival. Enjoy lobsters in nearly every way imaginable while listening to the sounds of mellow steel drum music.
One of the popular things to do when in Placencia is to take a trip to nearby Monkey River. Located about 20 km to the southwest, the Monkey River is virtually untouched, providing ample sightings of white fish, bird life, and even some howler monkeys! You will have an opportunity to explore mangroves, and keep a watch out for manatees, dolphins, tropical birds, and even perhaps catch a glimpse of a crocodile or two.
To learn more about the Placencia Peninsula, check out Placencia Village Guide, Travel Belize, or Placencia.com.
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Belize Tourism Board – Travel Belize website
Placencia Tourism – Placencia website