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Placencia is a small village situated at the tip of the Peninsula in the Stann Creek Region of Belize. The village centers on the 3-mile sidewalk that begins at the fishing dock and runs throughout the town. Placencia Village is the hub of the Peninsula, where most of the local restaurants, bars, gift shops, banks, the main dock, grocery stores and other services are located. Placencia offers a special slow paced feel that is uniquely Belizean.

The Belize government has recently completed the new multi-million dollar project, Village Pier, that was just constructed on the point of the village that will provide even more shopping and dining options.

Maya Beach is a small high-end community just north of Placencia with a large expat population, the area offers a wide range of newer high-end Belize beach vacation homes and modest retiree homes on the lagoon, as well as a large selection of small family-owned resorts and great places to eat.  Maya Beach is also home to the only bowling alley in Belize.

For additional information about Placencia:
www.placencia.com or www.travelbelize.org

Placencia Road

The 26 mile Placencia Peninsula road is now fully paved. This was a 26 million dollar infrastructure improvement that makes traveling to and from the home a much easier task. The completion of the road certainly shows the dedication of Belize to create a premier tourist destination in Placencia.

Unlike any other destination in Belize, Placencia has two different horizons. One unveils a world of magnificent beaches, crystal-clear waters, spectacular diving, World class fly fishing, and unspoiled islands; the other reveals wildlife, inland adventures, and a skyline of the Maya Mountains. It is a place that is so peaceful you’ll never forget it. Many of the visitors return year after year with their family and friends. Placencia is now one of the country’s main tourist destinations, and it is also well visited by Belizeans from across the country on local holidays.

Placencia is reachable by land, sea or air. It has its own airport, with regular flights traveling to Belize City, a hub for international destinations, taking just 30 minutes.

There are plenty of beautiful islands just off the coast of Placencia. There are professional licensed tour guides within Placencia village. Placencia also offers several dive and snorkel shops along the peninsula. Inland attractions such as the Cockscomb Basin, Victoria Peak, Monkey River, Red Bank, and ancient Mayan ruins are all within easy reach.

Things To Do In Placencia

Scuba & Snorkeling

Placencia, the gateway to some of the best diving in Belize, possibly the world, provides access to an underwater paradise. A home for a variety of rays, lobster, conch, sharks, green turtles, parrotfish, blue tangs, grunts, sergeant majors, needle fish, trumpet fish, butterfly fish and coral reefs. Visibility can reach up to 200 feet in some places due to the reduced boat and diving traffic; a perfect site for a novice to experienced divers looking for a ‘one of a kind’ experience.

Belize Barrier Reef, the longest in the Western Hemisphere and the 2nd largest in the World, is composed of coral growth that is thousands of years old, including boulder corals of up to 300 years old. There are hundreds of species of stony corals and soft corals that give the reef it’s color and provide an underwater haven for the creatures that thrive there It is part of the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) system, and its distance from the mainland varies from 25′ to 50′ miles which results in coral mountains and 90 – 110 foot channels. The edges of the reef provide a barrier to the deep sea waves and contains a slow southerly current moving at a ½ knot that offers safe conditions for responsible divers. The MAR system stretches over 625 miles of eastern coastline of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras.

Placencia is proud to be one of three pilot sites chosen in the MAR area, working with the International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN), supported by funding from the United Nations Foundation (UNF) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), in a collaborative effort known as ICRAN/MAR, working to halt and reverse the decline in health of the world’s coral reefs, specifically the Mesoamerican Reef.

Explore an underwater paradise of parrot-fish, blue tangs, grunts, sergeant majors, needle fish, trumpet fish and butterfly fish. Abrupt drops reveal sleek tarpon, a graceful ray or a mouthful of barracuda.

The magnificent Whale Sharks (Rhincodon typus) make an appearance during April, May, and June each year in the Placencia area during the annual snapper spawning season. These incredible black and white whale sharks, the largest shark AND the largest known fish in the world, grow up to 50 feet long and up to 15 tons in weight. They feed mostly on plankton, pelagic crustaceans, squid and tiny baitfish, as well as sardines and anchovies, just by moving through the water with mouths open wide.

Whale Shark encounters are extremely uncommon… EXCEPT in Belize! Our migrating whale sharks are highly protected by Friends of Nature, but visits from tourists are encouraged during the season. Ask our local dive shops or your resort for more information.

Fishing

Fast becoming a major destination for the fishing fanatic, Placencia offers a variety of deep-sea, fly, lagoon, trolling and spin fishing adventures and tours. Spend a day learning the basics of fishing through the drop, or hand line, catching snapper and grouper. Or spend a relaxing day navigating the Placencia Lagoon or lush rivers up and down the coast. Add a bit of spice to the day and spend it on the Barrier Reef catching barracuda and king mackerel. And for those of you looking for the excitement of your life, try your hand at trolling for bigger game fish like Wahoo, Tuna and Dorado outside the Barrier Reef.

The annual two-day June Placencia Lobsterfest provides a festive atmosphere centered around the annual fishing tournament and the opening of the Lobster season.  Most local businesses turn out and have a booth providing excellent lobster dishes of all types, as well as other local food, crafts and entertainment.

Jungle Exploring

Placencia’s location makes it easy to navigate around and explore the other adventures Belize has to offer.  The jungle has so much to offer and is easily accessible. Things you don’t want to miss are hiking to cascading waterfalls, exploring the jungle tours, tubing down the rushing rivers or zip lining across the mountains. Belize is home to numerous National Parks, Nature Reserves and Wildlife Sanctuaries. Whether you are interested in adventure, birding, caving or all of the above there is no shortage of adventures in the jungles of Belize.

Getting Here: "Easy To Get To, hard To Leave"

To Belize City

All major flights land at the Belize International Airport outside of Belize City.

Airlines Currently Serving Belize:

United

via Houston and Newark www.united.com

American

via Dallas and Miami www.aa.com

Delta

via Atlanta and Los Angeles www.delta.com

US Airways

via Charlotte NC www.usair.com

Southwest Airlines

via Houston www.southwest.com

Avianca

via El Salvador www.avianca.com

 

New non-stop flights from Dallas and several cities in UK are expected to be added soon.

To Placencia

By Air

If you’re in a hurry to become “laid back,” you can fly directly to Placencia from the Belize international airport.  There are about 6-8 flights daily. It is easy to connect with an afternoon flight. The Vision Properties staff will pick up at the Placencia Airstrip in one of the Vision Properties vans or vehicles and provide transportation for owners and their guests from the airport to the properties. Maya Island Air and Tropic Air are the local commuter airlines. Click to see schedules. www.mayaislandair.com and www.tropicair.com

By Car or Shuttle

The scenic drive from Belize City to the Village of Placencia will take about 3 hours if driven non-stop. The route is picturesque through the rain forest and best done during the daylight hours (no street lights). There are many scenic stops along the way including Belize Zoo and other points of interest.