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About Placencia Village

Once a traditional fishing village, the village of Placencia has emerged as the fastest-growing tourist destination in Belize.

The peninsula is 16 miles long, with the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Placencia Lagoon to the west.

Placencia sits in the Stann Creek District (one of 6 districts) in the southern part of Belize.


The peninsula is informally divided into 5 sections (informally because the Government of Belize has not yet formalized the boundaries on the peninsula. Only two settlements are officially recognized as villages).

Placencia Peninsula Sections

  1. Riversdale: which is the first village you will meet on the northern point, where the peninsula comes out off mainland Belize.

  2. Plantation: which is an expat/retiree community of mainly private homes and large resorts.

  3. Maya Beach: is similar to the Plantation, however, is more populated with beach and lagoon front resorts, hotels, restaurants, and bars.

  4. Seine Bight Village: populated by mostly Garinagu (plural of Garifuna) or Black Caribs, who are descendants of two ethnic groups, Carib Indians and Black Africans, that lived on the island of St. Vincent. Not much tourism developing directly within village limits. This village is officially recognized as a village by the Government of Belize.

  5. Placencia Village: is considered the main town of the Placencia peninsula and has some of the best beaches to swim. Where it is much higher the concentration of restaurants, bars, cafes; affordable, budget hotels; banks, grocery stores, gift shops, tour guides, tour operators, the municipal dock, gas stations. Placencia Village is officially recognized as a village by the Government of Belize. 


Activities in Placencia

Placencia is geographically located to offer you a variety of fun-filled activities, such as:

  • Sea Tours:

    • Kayaking

    • Sailing cruises

    • Snorkeling

    • Island Hopping

    • Fishing

    • Scuba Diving

    • Whale Shark/Gladden Spit tours

  • Land Tours:

    • Maya historic tours

    • Cave exploring and tubing

    • Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary Jungle Tour

    • Ziplining

    • Banana Farm tour


Sitting right on the coast we enjoy Caribbean sea breezes. 

Belize’s large tracts of jungle and rainforests also provide cooling relief even in the hottest summer months while winters can be cool but never very cold.


In short, the climate is pretty much near perfect.


Even in winter the temperature in Placencia, Belize rarely falls below 60°F (16°C), while throughout summer the mercury sits at around 86°F (30°C).


Humidity is also fairly consistent at around 85 percent.

However, if you are sensitive to heat, you will want accommodation in Belize that has air conditioning.

Origin of the name "Placencia": 

The Spaniards that traveled the southern coast of Belize gave Placencia its name. It was once named Punta Placencia (Spanish) or Point Pleasant (English).

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