Placencia is a 17 mile peninsula in the Stann Creek District of Belize that has developed into a vacation destination over the last decade. Despite recent growth, this village remains small and quaint with a handful of gift shops and restaurants, spas, internet cafes, and an art gallery featuring local talent. Placencia has miles of lovely beach, many trees with a wide variety of bird life, and lots of beautiful islands between the reef and the shore.
The annual migration of whale sharks comes to this area every spring making this a popular diving and snorkeling area. Vacations in this area can include snorkeling, fishing, and scuba diving, a jungle tour on the Monkey River, the Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve, and tours to the Maya ruins of southern Belize.