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.
SITES & PLACES
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.
NOTES & FAQ'S
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).