Placencia Peninsula, Belize

About Placencia, 

Tucked at the end of a peninsula on the Central coast of Belize, Placencia draws vacationers and retirees alike thanks to its tropical climate, prime beaches, laid-back vibe and English speakers.

The village won’t overload you with activities or bustle — part of its charm is that the Belizean adage “Go Slow” takes on a literal meaning here — but the longer you hang around, the more likely you’ll find there is more to this town than first strikes the eye, from the warmth of the intertwined local and expat communities to back streets that wind into the canals, revealing pockets of life not seen from the main stretch.

If you're looking to spend your vacation in a tropical retreat, there's no better place than Belize, and there's no more tantalizing region than the Placencia Peninsula in Southern Belize. This enchanting peninsula is bordered on one side by a tropical lagoon and on the other side by the Caribbean Sea. It's known both for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and for the gregarious and gracious nature of the residents - many of whom live in the self-name placid fishing village of Placencia. Despite being 19 miles from tip to tip, the width of this peninsula is only a half mile wide, and that means gorgeous beaches are never out of reach. 

And despite the prominence of luxury resorts, there's still a down-to-earth charm to Placencia. This is a region that has stubbornly resisted commercialization, a philosophy in step with Belize's natural disposition towards ecologically friendly practices. Restaurants in the village regularly feature fish freshly pulled from the Caribbean, and the 4,000 foot "Main Street" of the village is vivid with life, featuring shops, boutiques, and colorful murals and artwork that reflect the artistic passions of the local population. 

While the local color is an incredibly persuasive argument towards a vacation in Placencia, this region also serves as an important access point for outdoor adventures. Fishing, sailing, and scuba diving are popular options for day trips, but there's plenty to do on land as well. Whether you're looking to explore preserves for some of the local wildlife or set out on a tubing or cave diving expedition, local tour guides will always be ready to provide you with the guidance you need.

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