The sixteen mile long Placencia Peninsula is home to 3 communities: Maya Beach, Seine Bight, and at the southern tip, Placencia Village. You can arrive in Placencia by air, a 35-minute flight from Belize City, or by road. If you come by road, no matter which direction you travel from, your trip will be interesting and scenic. Robert’s Grove Beach Resort is located between Placencia Village and Seine Bight; about 1 mile south of Seine Bight and about 4 miles north of Placencia village.
Placencia village is located at the tip of a long, narrow 16 mile peninsula separating the Caribbean Sea and the mangrove-fringed Placencia Lagoon. The road into Placencia Village is bordered by the lagoon on one side and the Caribbean on the other. In the village there is a boat dock and a number of tour guide businesses, including numerous dive shops. Nearby are the service station, bus stop, post office, and grocery stores.
Locals boast Placencia Village to be one of the oldest continually inhabited communities in Belize. Reportedly, it was founded by English buccaneers in the early 1600's. Before tourism arrived, Placencia was primarily a fishing village. Today many of the fishermen have given up their lines and spear guns for binoculars and dive gear, using their local knowledge to guide tourists.
A one mile concrete sidewalk serves as the main street for Placencia Village, around which wooden houses built on stilts rest underneath palms. Constructed over 30 years ago as a means of wheel-barrowing fish around without fighting the sand, Placencia’s walkway had the distinction of being the narrowest street in the world, according to the "Guinness Book of World Records." A number of village accommodations, restaurants/bars, and gift shops are located along the walkway.
From Placencia there are a number of Nature Attractions, including exploring the Monkey River, traveling inland to the Cockscomb Basin, or visiting Maya Ruins. You can Kayak pass mangroves and out to one of the many nearby Cayes. You can even spend a few days enjoying your own private island.
Placencia is world-renowned for offshore Fishing and of course a trip to Placencia wouldn't be complete without a boat ride out to the Cayes for some Diving or Snorkeling off Belize's pristine and uncrowned Barrier Reef. The more laid back visitor can enjoy just stretching out and relaxing in a hammock on the white sandy beach. The hardest thing to do might be to choose your next activity.
Things to do in Placencia
- Placencia Village - Creole fishing village with swimming beaches, bars, restaurants.
- Seine Bight - Traditional Garifuna village a few miles north of Placencia provides a chance to sample Garifuna cooking and music.
- Scuba - Experience the walls and canyons found in 60-80 feet of water. Instruction and resort courses offered.
- Snorkel - Laughing Bird or Silk Caye & Reef or rent a kayak and snorkel nearby Placencia Caye on your own.
- Sport Fishing - Inside or outside the reef. Placencia is well known for its Salt water fly fishing.
- Sailing - Catamarans with or without crews and private sailboats for day sailing or overnights or enjoy a Sunset Cruise.
- Kayak - Placencia Lagoon or nearby Placencia Caye and beyond.
- Biking - Experience the peninsula and nearby communities between Maya Beach and Placencia.
- Birding - On the peninsula, where over 54 species have been recorded.
- Walk for miles along uncrowned, palm-lined beaches. It is possible to stroll north seven miles from Placencia Village to Seine Bight Village without interruption.
Placencia is well known for its very laid-back, no-shoes ambience where locals go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your visit....
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