Placencia lies at the southern end of Belize and is a thin 16 mile long stretch of land that offers the best beaches in the entire country (in my opinion). It is the ideal location for divers, snorkelers, and those who wish to explore the Mayan ruins in the south of the country. The town still has a laid back Caribbean attitude, and life here centers around the three foot wide main street where you will find most bars and restaurants. I loved my stay here and ended up staying an extra week. In Placencia, you’ll find a lot of travelers who do the same. Eat seafood, relax on the beach, drink beer as the sunsets.
Top 5 Things to See and Do in Placencia
1. Visit Lubaantun
3. Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
4. Visit Nim Li Punit
5. Go diving
Other Things to See and Do
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1. Sea kayaking
You can rent a sea kayak for around 60 BZD per day for a chance to explore secluded beaches and caves. Bring your snorkel gear to take advantage of the amazing snorkeling in the region. There are also guided kayaking tours if you don’t fancy going alone.
Many of the diving sites are also great for snorkelers too. Snorkeling day trips often include a beach barbecue and cost between 50-140 BZD with trips to Laughing Bird Caye being the most inexpensive.
3. Explore Placencia Lagoon
This is the perfect place to catch a glimpse of manatees, saltwater crocodiles, and numerous species of birds. The mangrove forests are ideal for exploring via canoe or kayak.
4. Whale watching
The months of May and June are prime time for spotting the gentle whale sharks that swim down here. It’s one of the most amazing experiences ever and I highly recommend doing it if you come here in season!
5. Snorkel at Silk Caye
Silk Caye Marine Reserve is located just 36km east of Placencia Village. Stop by this island to snorkel among some of the most colorful fish you’ll ever see. Costs 150 BZD, lunch included.
6. Tour a spice farm near Nim Li Punit
This spice farm and botanical garden was created by in 1990. Now, the farm is one of the largest black pepper and vanilla farms in the country and is also covered with beautiful teak, mahogany, and rosewood trees. You can come here to wander the grounds or learn about how pepper is made. Open daily from 8am-4pm and tours costs 25 BZD.