Although it now boasts a recently-paved access road that runs the length of the peninsula, Placencia Village has managed to maintain its quaint charm. Ample white sand beaches adorn the shoreline, with only a few docks. The village is still small and easily accessible from resorts via bicycle or taxi. A few car rental companies are also now based there.
Although divers thrill in the countless world-class dive sites that are within a short boat ride, serious fishers spend their days in search of the next big catch. Numerous nearby islands make for the perfect day trip or a romantic overnight escape. No worries if you are not a diver, as the snorkeling is prime. If you are up for some serious adventure, visit Placencia during whale shark season, when you can find specialized dive and snorkel packages.
The peninsula has two main villages, Placencia and Seine Bright, with small concentrations of tourist and residential developments popping up in between. Accommodations in Placencia run the gamut from no-frills beach cabanas to guest-exclusive and luxury resorts on the peninsula.
Home to Belizeans of nearly every ethnicity, Placencia is where you will find a variety of local and international foods. Seafood reigns supreme on the peninsula. Conch and lobster are seasonal, but fish and shrimp are available year-round. Lobster season is June to February; conch season is October to June.
If you are hoping for some inland adventure, explore some of Belize’s most pristine waterfalls, rivers, jungle trails, and nearby Maya sites.
No matter how you choose to fill your days, you will undoubtedly find Placencia relaxing, strangely intoxicating, and ultimately a place that calls to you long after you depart.