Placencia travel guide

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You're Going to Love Placencia

Offering a glimpse into Belize's Mayan roots, Placencia attracts curious travelers from all over the world. And it's easy to see why: its lobster festivals, along with the chance to relax on its beautiful beaches and its offerings for adventurous nature activities make it the perfect spot for both vacationers and explorers alike!

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Placencia

1. Go Diving

With lots of designated dive centers, the longest barrier reef in the world, and plenty of instructors for beginner snorkelers, this activity should be at the top of your list.

2. Grab a Kayak!

Go solo or tandem while you explore the Placencia Lagoon and even take a picnic trip to nearby islands.

3. Relax on the Beaches

After a couple of days full of outdoor activities, you'll likely want to relax in sun and maybe even take a stroll along Placencia's coastline.

4. Get Your Fill of Great Food

Island fare abounds in Placencia but so does handmade Italian cuisine! Take your pick and eat your way through several spots like De'Tatch, Trattoria Placencia, and Pirates Grill, to name a few.

5. Explore the Jungle

With its guided tours and the chance to spot creatures like howler monkeys, crocs, and even jaguars, a tour of the neighboring jungle, along with the mysterious Mayan Ruins is a must.

Where to Eat in Placencia

Delight in great island eats with a Caribbean twist at De'Tatch Restaurant. So-called for its thatched roof, open-air view, and great food, you can enjoy mains like coconut shrimp curry, chicken in mango-rum sauce, or whole fried snapper. Two can dine for BZ$30-45.

When to visit Placencia

Placencia in January
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Placencia in January
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

The best time really depends on the activities you want to undertake. Some say that the best time is from late November to mid-April, when Belize experiences its dry season. If you want to go swimming with whale sharks, you can only do this from March to June. On average, expect highs of 86 and lows of 71.6.

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How to Get to Placencia


The closest airport is Belize City's Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (BZE). From here, take a bus or car to get to Placencia.


Use a combination of the Western Highway and Coastal Highway to go south from Belize City to Placencia.


There are "shuttles" coming in from neighboring towns and airports that will get you to Placencia. Regular buses are quite cheap but fares depend on city of origin. For example, the fare from Dangriga to Placencia is BZ$5 and the fare from Belize City to Dangriga is about BZ$15, which would mean your whole trip would be BZ$20 with a transfer.

Airports near Placencia

Airlines serving Placencia

Maya Island Air
Mediocre (1 reviews)

Where to stay in Placencia

Luxury lovers will be able to bask at Casa Edgell. For suites that are moderately priced, check out Michelo Suites. Budget travelers will appreciate the view and the rates at Omar's.

Popular neighbourhoods in Placencia

Downtown Placencia - this is the main street of Placencia that houses plenty of bars, restaurants, tour services, and access to beaches.

Seine Bight - home to the the Garífuna community, a hub for traditional drumming and dance.

Placencia Lagoon - home to manatees and saltwater crocodiles. Offshore, there are dive sites along the Belize Barrier Reef.

Where to stay in popular areas of Placencia

Most booked hotels in Placencia

Placencia Villas
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
The Placencia, a Muy'Ono Resort
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
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How to Get Around Placencia

Public Transportation

There are plenty of local buses but these are hop-on and hop-off and mostly informal. Routes are set and there are no stops in between.


There are plenty of local taxis you can grab from companies like Cabo's Taxi, J's Taxi Service, and Peninsula Star. A blue license plate indicates that the taxi is legal. Fares can be less expensive if there's more than one person. It's BZ$3 per person.


You can get a car rental from tour companies like Barefoot Rentals and Services or from well-known companies like Hertz. Fares start at BZ$29.65 for a standard, compact 4-door.

The Cost of Living in Placencia

Shopping Streets

Right in the center of the village is Beach Bazaar, a spot to find traditional trinkets and ceramic, wood, and metal art.

Groceries and Other

Top Value supermarket is located to the south. A quart of milk costs BZ$2 and a dozen eggs costs BZ$4.30.

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