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Things to Do
Around Placencia, Belize

At your private villa in Placencia, you wake up to the gentle Caribbean winds, enjoy a chef-prepared breakfast, and step out onto your private pier for a dive boat or snorkeling tour that picks you up when you’re ready. This is just one of the many adventures you can experience in Belize!

Inland Adventures

Picture of a jaguar laying down in the rainforest.

Jaguar Reserve Tour

A short 25 miles down the road from Placencia to the Cockscomb Basin is the world’s only Jaguar National Reserve. You’ll see rainforest inhabitants up close and personal, along with a visitor’s center that houses interesting ecology exhibits. Guides will lead you through jungle trails and point out birds, plants, and animals along the way. You’ll have the opportunity to cool down with a swim under a waterfall before concluding the tour. There may even be time to stop at a working banana plantation.

Picture of a beautiful creek running through the rainforest.

Blue Creek Cave Mayan Ruins Tour

Start by traveling to the Toledo District to explore one of the southern Mayan Ruins sites. Then continue onto the Mayan Village of Blue Creek and hike the Blue Creek Cave. There are so many options within the beautiful Toledo District. Within the Blue Creek Cave you’ll don a miner’s light and a life jacket to enter the cave through crystal clear water. These exciting tours are perfect for the adventurous spirit and a great experience to do as a large group or an individual.

Picture of the sapphire-colored pool at the Blue Hole National Park.

Blue Hole National Park Guided Tour

Tours start with a scenic view up the Hummingbird Highway to the Blue Hole National Park, where the famous cathedral-like dry caves exist and are ready for your exploration. This National Park is home to one of Belize’s largest Mayan sites and one of the best preserved according to many archeologists. Bring your snorkel for the famous crystal clear waters of the Blue Hole, an azure blue swimming hole fringed with vines and ferns. The Blue Hole is fed by a stream which comes from St Herman’s Cave. Conclude the tour with a summit of the 130-foot El Castillo for an amazing panoramic view!

Picture of some Mayan ruins in the rainforest.

Guided Jungle Tours

These guided tours typically last one full day in the remote jungle, led by experienced bushman guides. As you explore through areas few people will ever see, you’ll experience ancient ruins, pristine burial sites and large altars that have been protected and stood the test of time. The Blue Hole River surges from a 250ft cliff, and tours stop for a refreshing dip in its aqua blue waters.

Picture of horseback riders in a wet field.

Horseback Riding Tours

Amazing horseback riding tours led by the Banana Bank Equestrian Center. The center boasts around 50 well-kept, trained, mixed breed horses (predominantly quarter horses). Ride along jungle trails, tropical rivers and Mayan ruins and enjoy the friendly people and exotic surroundings. This is definitely a popular way to make the most of a trip through the Belizean jungles.

A woman ziplines through the rainforest, high above the jungle floor.

Zipline Adventure Tours

Fly over the jungle on some of the longest ziplines in Belize. Soaring from tree to tree, you’ll experience a bird’s-eye view of the jungle, and scenery that cannot be seen from the ground. Guides typically lead visitors through basic zip line and rappelling procedures. Even if you’re conquering your fear of heights, you won’t want to miss these beautiful views and high speed transits throughout the jungle!

A woman lays on her back as her head and neck are massaged.

Spa Treatments

Treatments are adapted to your specific needs and administered by spa professionals at your property, on the beach, or wherever you wish to have your massage. After a day of adventure exploring Belize’s magnificent barrier reef and the wonders of its tropical rainforest, or for those who merely need pampering and a restful beach vacation, give yourself a treat with great spa service.

A toucan sits on the branch of a tree in the rainforest.

Bird Watching

With such a diversity of habitats, Belize is home to over 570 species of birds. Beautiful and endangered species alike are able to be viewed. Tour guides are happy to assist you with your technical questions about birds, locations, and other details in order to make your trip the best bird watching experience you could possibly have in this beautiful country

A bunch of bananas hanging from a banana tree.

Bunches of Fun Banana Farm

Bananas are the world’s favorite fruit, but little is known about how they are grown and processed. There are excellent educational and fun tours at a real Belizean banana farm. See the work in action and taste the freshest bananas you will ever get. Great attraction, lots of fun for the family, and very informative. Enjoy in depth info about bananas. Bunches of Fun Banana Farm is definitely a tour to go on during your stay in Belize. Fascinating insight into the workings of a massive banana farm.

Picture of a waterfall near the Jammin Gecko Villa.

Waterfall Tours

If you want to truly experience tropical rain forest waterfall, there are great waterfall tours to visit a private waterfall which is situated in the heart of the Maya Mountains. The stream flowing from the waterfall with all its tranquility and beauty, all you hear is the sound of the waterfall! Reconnect with nature and explore the pristine jungle in pursuit of a great waterfall experience!

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Cave Tubing Tours

Cave Tubing is one of the most popular excursions in Belize. So if you are looking for something fun and spectacular to do in Belize, this is it! Guided by Belizean tour guides, you will hike for about 30 minutes through the Belizean rainforest then tube down the refreshing Caves Branch River and through spectacular cave systems. It’s an exciting adventure that you will always remember.

Water/Sea Activities

Underwater picture of a scuba diver swimming around a coral reef.

Snorkeling & Scuba Tours

Leave in the morning as the sun rises for the exciting blue waters of the reef and cayes near Placencia. The snorkelers and guide will explore from one of the island beaches while the divers embark on the first of their two dives. Snorkelers and divers usually share lunch together on the beach during a break in dives. Captains and dive masters are PADI certified and very experienced in leading groups of Snorkelers and Divers in these clear waters. Return from a great day of ocean adventures as the sun begins to set. Bring your camera!

Scuba diver giving the signal that he is ok.

Dive Certification Scuba Courses

A PADI Open Water Dive is recognized worldwide, so you can dive any time, any place, anywhere. A course consists of a healthy dose of theory; one or more dives to hone your newly learned skills and 4 actual boat dives divided over two days, on the reefs around Placencia. For the Discover Scuba Course, your PADI instructor will explain the basics of diving to you before you head into the pool to learn some new and exciting skills. Afterwards you go out on the boat and make a dive with your instructor, in one of the most beautiful oceans in the world, the Caribbean.

Picture of two fishing lines on a deep sea fishing boat, waiting to be cast.

Fishing Tours

Is there a better place to fish? Not when you start out in Placencia. Troll inside the many reefs for snapper, barracuda, jack, and yellow tail or fly fish the atoll flats for bone fish or permit. For an all-day adventure, there are many deep sea fishing charters with great reviews to choose from. There is even great fishing in the lagoon too. Bring your own equipment or rent from the any of the experienced guides.

Picture of a sailboat in the Caribbean Sea, ready for a tour.

Sailing Tours

Tours typically begin lagoon side and head for the exciting blue waters of the reefs and cayes. Day Tour Snorkelers will explore from one of the island beaches while the Divers embark on the first of their two dives. Enjoy a leisurely cruise with the trade winds blowing and crystal clear waters. Sunset Tours leave from marinas in the late afternoon to sail to catch the beautiful sunset over the Maya Mountains. Typically snacks and cocktails are provided.