The Placencia Peninsula is a narrow north-south peninsula of land on the Caribbean coast of southeastern Belize. Measuring less than a mile across and 16 miles long, the Placencia Peninsula is renowned for having some of the most beautiful beaches in a country with hundreds of offshore islands and a long coastline.
Some of the top things to do in Placencia include watching spectacular sunrises (and sunsets), visiting the village of Seine Bight (home to the UNESCO-honored Garifuna people), and walking through Placencia Village, the unofficial capital of the peninsula and a holder of the Guinness Book of World Records for the smallest main street in the world, a 4,000-foot long pedestrian-only sidewalk measuring just four feet across.
Once an isolated backwater, today, Placencia resorts and hotels are some of the finest in the country, offering stunning views of the Caribbean, modern luxury and comfort, and a full range of amenities, including professional spa centers, infinity pools, and gourmet dining. But Placencia is not some overly developed tourist center. Placencia has retained much of its old-world charm, and most of the residents are still engaged in traditional livelihoods like fishing, making Placencia one of the best places to enjoy fresh-caught seafood.
A look at a Placencia map shows that it is ideally located close to both the UNESCO World Heritage Belize Barrier Reef, the second-largest in the world, as well as a cornucopia of exciting activities on the mainland. The reef offers visitors world-class scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, and sailing while the mainland is home to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, a 150-square mile (400-square kilometer) roadless wilderness home to a stunning variety of plant and animal life, including jaguars. Other popular nature destinations near Placencia include boat safaris up the well-named Monkey River.
Placencia was named by the Spanish (the word means "pleasant"), but today it is the eco-tourism capital of the country, a place where English-speaking locals and visitors get around by bicycle or golf cart while enjoying fresh-squeezed organic juices, yoga on the beach, and admiring the colorful street art that seems custom-made for social media posts.
If you'd like to see and experience all that the Placencia Peninsula in Belize has to offer, contact Adventures in Belize. Adventures in Belize can help plan and book all aspects of your trip, including lodging, transportation (including flights to the Placencia, Belize airport), tours to all the top attractions, and information about the best Placencia restaurants.