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Placencia


Description | Getting Here & Around
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Description

Placencia is a 20-mile long sandy beach with the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Placencia Lagoon and Maya Mountains to the west. A long, burnt-orange dirt road winds through tall pine trees and gives way to sprawling seaside vegetation interspersed with three villages. Point Placencia Village, the most developed village that clings to the tip of the peninsula, is most often the final destination for travelers. A mix of Creole, Garifuna, Maya and resident gringos welcome visitors to their community where they can stroll the beach and meander down the world-famous sidewalk.


Getting Here & Around

By Bus
The most economical way to get to Placencia is by bus which arrives and departs three times daily. Check the schedule at the Southern Transportation Bus Station in Dangriga or Punta Gorda. The 70-mile bus trip takes approximately 2 ˝ hours from Dangriga, depending on the number of stops along the way. The last 35 miles is on an unpaved road.

By Water Taxi from Independence
If the 35 miles of unpaved road does not excite you, then you may want to consider the bus and boat combination. Take a bus (either James Bus Line or Southern Transport) to Independence Village and then take a taxi from the bus station to the area where there are water taxis. Hokey Pokey provides reliable boat travel between Independence/Mango Creek and Placencia several times daily between the hours of 7:30 am and 4 pm. The cost of the water taxi is $US 5 per person and the trip takes about 20 minutes.

By Plane
Both Tropic Air and Maya Island Airways serve Placencia with 8 to 10 flights per day. Check with the airlines for the schedules and cost.

Note: There is a weekly boat service on the Gulf Cruza between Puerto Cortes, Honduras and Placencia. The boat leaves Friday mornings around 9:00 am and returns to Placencia on Monday afternoons. Immigration and customs are cleared at a stop in Independence and Mango Creek. The trip cost is US $50 one way plus departure taxes for Belize.

Getting Around
Placencia Village itself is very small, less than one mile long. It is easy to get around on foot on the narrow central sidewalk or along the main road. Visitors may want to consider renting bikes for a day to explore some of the peninsula further north. Another option is to rent a scooter for a day (US $75/day). Local taxi service by vehicle is also available at rates of US $5 and up.


Money Matters & Services Provided

Banks
Placencia Village has one bank, Atlantic Bank, which is opened from 8 am until 2 pm Monday thru Friday.

Internet
There are not many internet locations in the village, but you can find a few. Most of the locations with internet have just one or two computers for customers to use. The largest one is located in the office supply store and is open during regular business hours. The average charge is $US 3 to $4 per hour.

Laundry
There is one business in town that offers laundry service, Cara's Laundry. The other options are to have it done at your hotel or find a local person who does laundry to earn some extra cash.

Stores & Shops
Dotted along the main road are many small stores and shops that sell food and staple items. The largest grocery store is located on the right side of the road just as you enter the village. Several times a week fruits and vegetables are sold at the corner of the football field on the main road.

Several gift shops are dotted along the narrow sidewalk. You can find wood carvings, art works, jewelry, textiles, postcards and other souvenirs.

Restaurants
Placencia Peninsula has more than 40 restaurants, bars and snack shops serving up delicious Belizean, American, Italian and Chinese food. In Placencia Village, most dining is very casual, under a thatched roof, a screened porch or simple diner. If you are looking to spend a bit more or want something different, many of the four and five-star resorts north of the airstrip offer meals in their restaurants. Placencia also has a few ice cream and coffee shops.


Things to Do

Placencia’s location between the coast and lagoon with the Maya Mountains nearby provide an endless number of activities for explorers.

Snorkeling & Scuba Diving: Snorkel trips to Laughing Bird Caye and other small cayes are offered daily. More than 20 dive sites are accessible from the coast of Placencia making this one of the most popular destinations for divers. If you are not yet certified, courses are offered so that you can get certified and can dive the world’s second largest barrier reef in just four days.

Manatee Spotting: Placencia Lagoon is home to manatees who feed on the nutrient-rich grasses found in the freshwater lagoon. Tours can be arranged.

Fishing: Experienced guides offer a range of fishing for everyone from the first-timer to the avid fisherman. Drop fishing for snapper and grouper, fly-fishing for permit-tarpon, snook or bonefish, and trolling for barracuda, mackerel and game fish are all possible from the village.

Kayaking: The mangrove-lined lagoon offers an excellent opportunity for paddlers to explore the area in search of manatees, birds and other wildlife. Rentals are available by the hour.

Catamarans & Sailboats: Sailing is one of the growing activities in Placencia. Options include: day-sailing, overnight sailing, dinner cruises, and moonlight sailings. While sailing is sometimes classified as a luxury activity which excludes budget travelers, in Placencia opportunities exist for all budgets.

River Tours: The close proximity of Monkey River provides an opportunity to see howler monkeys, iguanas, alligators and numerous bird species.

Inland Tours: Trips to inland attractions such as the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Maya sites can be arranged.


Attractions

Gladden Spit & Silk Cayes Marine Reserve
GSSCMR is an area where large reef fish spawn and release their eggs. Whale sharks that grow up to 40-feet come to feed on these eggs. This is the only known area in Belize where this biological phenomenon occurs each year from March until June around the full moon. Friends of Nature, a local NGO, is working with research biologists and local fishermen to manage the area.

Laughing Bird Caye National Park
Declared a protected area in 1981, the caye has a large variety of marine and terrestrial life due to the deep channels on all sides of the island. It is located just 11 miles off the coast of Placencia.

For more attractions around Placencia, see the Interactive Map


Accommodations

Placencia has a number of accommodations on the Belize Explorer. Click here to find Belize Explorer accommodations in Placencia. It will open in a new window.

Placencia Local Flavor (Music, Arts & Interesting People)

As a small community, Placencia has a number of historians, musicians and artists. Click here for a sampling of the local flavor.


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