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Placencia Peninsula free

Placencia, Belize
Placencia Peninsula Photo info
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  • Type: Neighborhood/Area
  • Time to Spend: More than Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.2)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Food Scene: 3.5 (3.5)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Imagine tranquil white-sand beaches topped with rustling palm trees and backed by quaint pastel-colored beachfront villas and calm Caribbean waters. This is Placencia, Belize's rapidly booming beach town. Stretching across a 12-mile-long peninsula, Placencia boasts a myriad of nature reserves and underwater oases along with postcard-perfect vistas. One VirtualTourist user comments, "I'd go back in a minute. Lovely and wonderful food, people, and snorkeling."

While you're visiting Placencia, consider a trip to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and nearby Mayan sites. The Monkey River—which contains crocodiles, howler monkeys, boas, and iguanas—is also worth checking out.

You can reach Placencia via car or plane from Belize City. If you're planning to hit the road, head south on Southern Highway until you reach Placencia Village. It's approximately a 22–mile trip. As you're driving, look to the right for striking views of the Maya Mountains and Cockscomb Range towering in the distance; look left and you'll peer at plentiful mangroves and bright blue Caribbean Sea.

You can rent a car in Belize City, but if you opt to fly, Mayan Island Air and Tropic Air offer daily flights into Placencia Airport (PLJ), just two miles north of Placencia Village and three miles northwest of Placencia Peninsula. For further details, consult our guide to Getting Around Belize.

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