Placencia Village

Beachfront reggae bars, colorful guesthouses, and a spacious expanse of beach attract tourists to Placencia Village. Located at the end of the 16-mile (28-km) Placencia peninsula, it is the most lively destination in the region. It offers restaurants, shopping, nightlife, accommodations, and tour services.

Placencia Village Best Things to Do

Monkey River Tour, Belize
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Monkey River is surrounded by dense jungle, and as a result, much of this area is a protected zone. On this tour, you’ll go boating down the river and hike over newly blazed trails.

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Actun Tunichil Muknal, Belize
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Take a road-trip from Placencia Village to one of the most interesting natural formations in western Belize: Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave . This is an all-day adventure that requires a good amount of physical fitness — you’ll hike, swim, and crawl to explore the depths of this cave. Once you clamber into the cave’s dark interior, it’s not hard to imagine it as the ideal location for dark rituals.

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The best way to get the lay of the land is to walk along the mile-long, pedestrian-only sidewalk that runs parallel to the public beach on the west side of the village. Here and on the beach you will find hotels, craft vendors, tour operators, beachfront watering holes, beach volleyball, and plenty of places to lay out your towel. On the other side of town is the Placencia lagoon, a shallow, narrow estuary where crocodiles, birds, and other animals live along the mangrove-lined coast. Kayaking gives visitors the chance to encounter some unique wildlife and see the diversity of the Placencia peninsula’s landscapes.

You can easily organize a wide range of activities in Placencia, including snorkeling, diving, kite surfing, deep sea and fly fishing, and paddle boarding. Snorkeling and diving tours out to Gladden Spit and Silk Caye Marine Reserve are popular, particularly in the months of March through June, when giant whale sharks come to the area to feed. Another popular attraction is the Laughing Bird Caye National Park, an idyllic tropical island 12 miles (19 km) off Placencia's coast. During a trip to this park you can snorkel and sunbathe on a remote beach.

You can get around Placencia on foot. Beach cruisers and golf carts are also popular, and are available to rent from a variety of shops in town.

A range of accommodations are available in Placencia Village, and the least expensive options are located right along the beach sidewalk. Travelers should be aware that this is the busiest area and depending on the night of the week, the bars with live music can stay open quite late. For more luxurious lodging, you will want to stay at the quieter, north end of the beach where most of the higher-end resorts are located.

Getting to Placencia is easy both by car or by flight. From Belize City, it is a 139-mile (223-km) drive that takes 3 to 5 hours. The road was repaired in recent years, and is paved and in good condition. Be on alert for speed bumps, and watch out for pedestrians at night as the highway has no lighting whatsoever. There is also a domestic airport just north of Placencia Village where multiple flights go to and from Belize City throughout the day.

Feedback From Travelers

Locals all so nice and friendly. Absolutely loved the boardwalk and all of its shops and restaurants.

- SARAH D, JUL 2019

Placencia is a very tourity town from my experience but i felt very safe when I was there. The town is filled with shops, restaurants and tour guides. Worth going for a day to walk on the board walk but I didnt find it to be that special. Placencia I found to be a place with very nice resorts and is a good place to relax. I did not do any excursions in Placencia but hear that the Monkey river was a good time.

- ROBERT C, NOV 2018

Placencia was a lovely and quiet spot. If you are looking for a busy spot with lots of nightlife, head to San Pedro. Placencia is more laid back and easily walkable.

- BEV G, MAR 2018