Home of the “Barefoot Perfect” Beaches
Until recently a sleepy little fishing village on the southern coast of Belize, is now a newly discovered tropical jewel. Placencia lies at the end of a 15 mile long peninsula. It has a great natural harbor and is centrally located to some of Belize’s most beautiful reefs and Cayes. This is why it is fast becoming the new sailing capital of Belize.
Placencia is bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the east and a large mangrove lagoon system to the west providing diverse habitat for a wide variety of tropical plants, birds, mammals and marine life. Placencia has a most colorful history involving pirates, escaped slaves, European sea captains and local Indians. Most of the inhabitants are a mix of these early visitors. You will see striking combinations of rich dark skin and blue or grey eyes. This is the recipe for Belize Creole which is a people as well as a language
The peninsula has several new resorts, bed and breakfasts and beach front cabanas. Placencia village itself has a few small hotels and guest houses. Charter guests often elect to spend days ashore in Placencia before and after sailing. Prices range from $40- $200 U.S per night based on double occupancy.
Placencia has numerous world famous guides ready to show you the hot spots for fly fishing, trolling or bottom fishing, manatee watching and much more. Placencia is also home to several diving services that can take you to the famous barrier reef. You can also sail to the dive sites and be met by a local dive shops during multi-day charters.
Experienced local Belizean tour guides can take you birding in the nearby lagoons or up the Monkey River to view manatee, reptiles and primates. These are only a few of the reasons Placencia has become the sailing adventure capital of Belize.
You will find a variety of interesting dining options including local Creole, Italian, Chinese, Myan, and Mexican. There is no place you can’t go barefoot but you may want to wear nice evening casual for some spots. Street foods include tamales, local baked goods, bar-b-q meats and rice and beans. Seine Bight village 5 miles north of Placencia has genuine Garifuna, west African descendants, food. You can also find opportunities to dine in local homes, always a memorable experience.
There are several beach bars, mostly local establishments, laid back and very comfortable. Live music is usually played a few nights a week at one of the local clubs. Native, Garifuna drumming and dancing is also often available.
Placencia lies on a peninsula on the southern coast of Belize only 50 miles from Rio Dulce Guatemala. From Placencia you can access countless Cayes and islands, miles of barrier reef and several small coastal villages.
You will find a variety of stores including gift shops, hardware and pharmacy. At the Placencia fishing co-op you can buy ice, fresh fish, shrimp or conch. If you enjoy fly fishing you are in luck as Placencia is central to the best fly fishing areas in the country.
Belize Sailing Charters can book your connecting flights from Belize City or other areas in Belize.
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