Placencia, Belize
Just a hop, skip, or a jump from Belize City lies the headquarters of Hardcore Fishing Charters, a dazzling emerald Peninsula blessed with 16 miles of white, sandy shores. Named World Travel Award’s 2015 Winner as “Mexico and Central America’s Leading Beach Destination,” Placencia combines the sweetness of remote island charm with  savory delights enough for even the most discerning traveler.

If paradise had a middle name, it would be “Placencia.” The best of both worlds – island luxury and anonymity – come together on this Peninsula of 750 permanent residents who will welcome you with open arms. Placencia is a long, narrow peninsula – almost an island – along the Caribbean coastline of Belize. In the 17th century, this emerald isle was settled by a small group of English Puritans from Nova Scotia and latterly from Providencia. These settlements dwindled during the Central American wars of independence and the coastline was remade by a handful of fishing families who earned their living from the seas.

On October 8th, 2001, Hurricane Iris hit southern Belize with 145mph winds wiping out nearly 95% of Placencia’s infrastructure, yet out of the ashes (or waves, as it were) rose a clear paradise of 16 perfect miles… a coastal village of 750 permanent residents who welcome visitors with open arms…a well-kept secret dotted with cafes, barefoot bars, and some of the best fishing in the world.

If island luxury or rustic charm is what you’re looking for, you’ll find both – blended into a smoothie as sweet and savory as any you have ever tasted before.


Dine at bistros like  Mojo, Rumfish, and De Tach, where the  catch of the day is literally the catch  of the day. Sip island rums, fresh-squeezed  juice, or a Belikin beer (the national beer of Belize) at beachfront bests like  Barefoot Bar or Tipsy Tuna.


Plant your towel (and your tuchus) on one of Placencia’s  crystalline beaches or meander down the central “Sidewalk” where artisans craft  keepsakes and one-of-a-kind treasures for sale every day.


Placencia (PLJ) is accessible from Belize City (BZE) via daily shuttle  service on local carriers  Maya and Island Air, or an appx 4 hour drive by bus, car,  or cab. Most major credit cards are accepted in the village as well as ATM’s that  dispense Belizean dollars at the (typical) exchange rate of 2:1 (Belize: USD).