As the smallest country in Central America, Belize may lack in size but it certainly doesn’t lack in offerings for your next holiday. In fact, even at only 23,000 square kilometers, it would be difficult to experience all that Belize has to offer in just one trip. But for those looking to make the most out of their visit, one small Belizean village comes about as close as it gets to offering all of best features of this country. Placencia is located on the southern coast of Belize, at the tip of one of the longest peninsulas in the Gulf of Mexico.
Its location offers pristine beaches on the east side and a calm bay on the west. Tourists love that this town provides a prime location to some of the country’s best attractions, but also an entirely unique cultural experience and atmosphere. Home to about 1,000 permanent residents, Placencia has a small-town atmosphere that is a breath of fresh air for everyone who visits. Quiet and colourful streets, secluded beaches, and friendly locals are some of the best qualities of this quaint village – elements that are usually uncommon at some of the world’s best beach destinations. Its atmosphere is also rich with culture that is unique just to the area. Due to its historical background, Placencia is a mixture of Spanish, Mayan, and Garifuna (African/Caribbean) cultures. This cultural richness is evident in everything from traditional fare and dress to local events and festivals. And while Placencia itself is small, there is certainly a selection of Belize luxury resorts nearby.
Tourists can easily enjoy top-of-the-line accommodations while still experiencing the charm and authenticity of this small town. Placencia is known for its “barefoot perfect” beaches, but tourists visit for much more than just soft white sand and pristine water. Its coastline has some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world, while its lagoon offers tourists the chance to swim with manatees, dolphins, and sting rays. Placencia is also just a short drive away from tropical forests that offer jungle and river adventures, in addition to ancient Mayan ruins. It’s easy to see why Placencia is one of the most sought after destinations in Belize amongst tourist from all over the world. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing holiday to unplug from the fast pace of everyday life, or are looking for an extreme adventure, you’ll find it right here.
Written by: Erika Potter