Top 9 things to do in Placencia, Belize

How to explore this beautiful town

Placencia, Belize is a small town that is alive with color and personality, on a southern peninsula of Belize that feels like an island.  With plenty of places to eat, snorkel adventures to go on and cocktails to enjoy on the beach, you can’t go to Belize and not visit Placencia.  If planning a trip here, prepare yourself for a no-shoes, laid back vacation.

With so much to explore, here are the

Top 9 things you need to see & do in Placencia, Belize

Getting to Placencia, Belize

We drove from our hotel located in the jungle and felt the winding road to here was an easier version of the Road to Hana and a great way to witness how Belizeans live.  You’ll drive past colorful square houses, see kids riding their bikes back from school and lots of fruit stands on the side of the road.

You can also fly directly into Placencia.  There are two airlines that fly in/out of here, and only use jumper planes.  Both airlines had great reviews and seemed very similar by comparison. *We flew from Placencia back to the Belize City airport at the end of our trip and loved the ocean views we had.  It was a wonderfully fun experience being on a small plane too.

Placencia, Belize is not meant to be a destination overflowing with ‘things to do’.  The lifestyle is soothing and meant for relaxing. Here are things that I feel any visitor should add to their itinerary:

Enjoy coffee & breakfast at the Above Ground Coffeehouse

        Their coffee is from Guatemala and has been the only coffee to not make me jittery.  They also offer light breakfast fare. We purchased homemade jams with toast each morning and loved each flavor we tried.

Be adventurous on the calm waters

        Most hotels and airbnbs have items for water activities, such as kayaking, stand up paddleboarding (SUP) and snorkel gear.  The ocean waters here are very calm so taking a kayak out is quite easy.

Enjoy Happy Hour at Tipsy Tuna

        This eclectic restaurant and bar is typically filled with local expats and long term visitors.  While we typically like to enjoy authentic restaurants of the places we visited, we stopped in due to a recommendation.  We loved this place because everyone there was welcoming and had wonderful conversations with so many people.

Wander around the main part of town

        There are so many colorful shops in Placencia, that window shopping can be great fun.

Treat yourself to Tutti Frutti Gelato

        This Belizean gem creates delicious gelato (surprising because gelato is a traditional Italian treat so finding it so far from Italy that tastes so great is a wonderful treat!)  Flavors are made fresh each day and a must do when in Placencia.

Experience Mayan history via cave tours

        Check out my blog post about caving tour options that Belize offers.  If you’re only visiting Placencia there are plenty of tours that can pick up guests in the town to experience the jungle.

Snorkel the Silk Cayes

        Belize has quite a few marine preserves to help protect the wildlife and reef, and Silk Cayes is a must visit location.  The boat ride to get here is about an hour. The preserve consists of three islands, although you will snorkel only one of them.  The main island has a simple grill and restroom for tour groups coming here, but rest assured Belizeans have made sure to maintain this places natural beauty and do an incredible job bringing reusable tableware and cleaning up any garbage.

        Being at Silk Cayes feels like you’ve discovered an uncharted island in the middle of the ocean.  The water is calm and pristine clear. Once under the water you’ll see lavender colored reefs, princess parrot fish (these remind me of the Rainbow Fish children’s book), manta rays and if you’re lucky a turtle!

Treat yourself to a nice dinner at Rumfish

        Giving off serious New Orleans vibes, Rumfish has a wonderful menu where vegetarians can enjoy a healthy meal as well.

Meander down Main Street

        A pedestrian only 4,000 foot long street that is lined with art murals and beaches

 Once a sleepy fishing village, Placencia is now a major vacation spot for Belize with some of their most beautiful beaches.  Be sure to schedule a few days here to truly enjoy its easy going vibe and maritime beauty.

TIPS for visiting Placencia, Belize:

  • There are a range of hotels and Airbnb’s to fit any budget, but be aware that town is towards the edge of the peninsula.  If your hotel is farther north it can take upwards of 40 minutes to get to town because the speed limit is fairly slow.
  • You can rent a golf cart or order a taxi to get around if you aren’t staying directly in town
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