Things to do

Belize offers everything under the sun

Belize offers everything under the sun, including an extensive variety of water activities, jungle excursions, adrenaline sports, Maya ruin exploration, and even a slew of relaxation options. Come down to Belize and play!

Swan villas will be the ideal starting point for any adventure. A full-time, on-site Adventure Coordinator will arrange any outing you desire. We prefer to utilize the local guides in Placencia for fishing, diving, hiking, jungle excursions, etc., in order to provide job opportunities for the local entrepreneurs and bolster the economy. Furthermore, these are the exact people who know where the fish bite! Discounted rates with local guides and dive shops will be passed down to all clients at Swan villas.

Swan villas takes pride in the level of guest service we offer. We do pretty well for a tiny little vacation rental. We offer all the local and district tours and excursions for the same prices or less you’d pay direct from the tour operators. This is a service we are proud to provide you. You tell us what you want and we put in contact or book it, and the track it to make sure you can fit it in your travels.


You have 3 options:


A) 2 hours activity. Distance from Swan: 20 min. kayaking. For free. ( Swan Villas provide everything)

Cross the road with the kayak to the open sea side and paddle to False Caye (island in front). Go to the north side of the caye and enjoy the small but beautiful and full of life corals.

B) half day activity. Distance from Swan: 15 min. drive to Placencia Village and another 15 min with a boat to the cayes in front of Placencia. Book a tour company in Placencia. Around 40 USD/person

C) full day activity. Distance from Swan: the Diving center will pick you up at Swan, and 1 h 30 min. by boat to the Coral Barrier. Book with one of the best Diving Centers.Around 80 USD/person

Wind Surfing & Kite Surfing

slider-02An as-yet-untapped sport in Placencia, the calm waters and steady trade winds create an ideal environment for wind surfing and kite surfing. New outfitters are just starting to set up shop and offer instructions.

Distance from Swan: 5 min. drive to the tour company.



fishing-placencia-belize-2Fly-fishing, trolling, deep sea or spin casting. It’s all here and in abundance! The flats surrounding Placencia are rapidly becoming world famous for the spectacular fly-fishing. One of the few places where catching a Grand Slam (permit, tarpon and bonefish in one day) is possible.

Sailing, and Cruising

things-to-do-placenciaSailing conditions are amazing! No wonder The Moorings decided to call Placencia their base in Belize. Calm, crystal clear waters, accompanied by a steady breeze makes this an ideal place for sailing. Come explore the hundreds of uninhabited islands and be Robinson Crusoe for a while. Placencia offers excellent protective harbors.

Canoeing & Kayaking


A) As long or short as you want.  Distance from Swan: 1 min.

Get the kayaks and explore the calm lagoon behind Placencia where you may spot a Manatee, rays and, if you are lucky, dolphins.

B) 1 hour activity. Distance from Swan: 60 min. kayaking

Cross the road with the kayak to the open sea side and paddle to False Caye (island in front). Go around the caye and back.

You can also do some snorkeling in the north of the caye.

C) 1 to 4 days. Distance from Swan: 5 min. drive to the tour company.


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The possibilities are endless. Stroll along the peaceful beach during an amazing Caribbean sunset. Or go explore the jungle and hike through one of the many national parks or preserves all within a two-hour drive of Placencia. Placencia is an excellent starting point for tackling Victoria Peak — Belize’s highest peak.

Bird watching

things-to-do-birdsBird watching in Placencia – Belize is home to 566 species of biological diversity. Try to spot the beautiful toucan (Belize’s national bird), a parrot, or even a massive macaw.

Bike riding

Mountain bikes are a great way to explore the Peninsula. For those more into the “real deal,” Belize offers several pro-attended road races. The annual Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic takes place on Easter weekend and is a 144-mile challenge from Belize City to San Ignacio and back. International Pro Racers including various Tour de France participants tackle this event every year. At least one major road race takes place in Belize. WOW! Off-road racers are also challenged. The Temple to Temple Race, for instance, is a world-class mountain biking endurance event spanning seven days and 750 kilometers. The inaugural event kicked off in 2005, crisscrossing Belize and finishing in Placencia. Plenty of activities even for those of the hardcore persuasion!

Horseback Riding

Distance from Swan: 30 min. drive

Drive to Placencia Junction on Southern Highway. Turn right towards Dangriga. Drive to mile 13 and. look for a sign on the left.


Contact:      (501) 650-9083/532-2008  Two rides per day: 8:30am and 2pm  Book in advance

Caving and Cave Tubing

things-to-do-cavesBelize has evolved into an international caving (spelunking) destination. Hire a guide and explore magnificent caves just recently discovered. Tubing through unique underground rivers is a specialty of Belize.

White water rafting

Fast-moving runoff waters from the mountains of Belize create some very exciting river rafting. Come discover the Belize River, the Macaw River, the Mopan, and the Caves Branch River (offering an underground adventure with some five miles running through a cave system).

Mayan Ruins Exploration

things-to-do-belizeTake advantage of the daily guided trips available to ancient Mayan ruins. Hike, explore and discover. Lubaantun is the closest ruin and makes for an excellent day trip. The magnificent ruins of Tihal in Guatemala are also accessible for day trips.

Jungle Excursions

The dense mystical jungle is just a short drive from Placencia. The Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve offers marked trails amongst unique plants and animals, thrilling waterfalls and magnificent scenery. 112,00 fully protected acres

Massage & Spa Treatments

things-to-do-spaThis can be an adventure as well. Go out one morning in search of the perfect hammock spot, shade-producing palm tree, energetic bar or tranquil infinity pool. The day belongs to you! There are plenty of things to do in Belize!