Placencia Village, known for celebrating a laid-back lifestyle of relaxing on the sandy beaches while the waters of the Caribbean Sea gently lap at the shore, sits nestled at the very end of the Placencia Peninsula. Vacasa's growing selection of Belize vacation rentals in Placencia Village will provide the perfect home base for your peaceful retreat (or adventure-packed getaway!).
Sand and Surf Around Placencia
Visitors are greeted by friendly locals and a colorful and diverse climate, and often have lodging options ranging from simple beach homes to upscale resorts. With such a lovely stretch of coastline that is commonly referred to as, "barefoot perfect," you can feel free to kick off your shoes, wriggle your toes in the warm sand, and splash around in temperate waves.
In this area, you can set out on a fishing expedition, take a guided sailboat tour of the nearby ocean, or go sea kayaking. You might check out our rentals on the gorgeous island of Caye Caulker for easier access to water adventures, including snorkeling or scuba diving among amazing sights and sea life at the Belize Barrier Reef - the second-largest reef in the world!
Head into town and walk along one of Placencia's central roads, the pedestrian-only street called The Sidewalk. This unique thoroughfare passes many shops, restaurants, and other businesses on the way to the seashore. With many eateries, including De Tach's authentic Caribbean-style cuisine, Rumfish and its large cocktail menu, and the family-favorite Tutti Frutti ice cream shop, you will have no trouble finding great food in Placencia! You will love strolling along The Sidewalk, savoring fresh tropical fruit, and enjoying the sunshine while you leisurely explore this wonderful town. You could even take a trip up the peaceful Placencia Peninsula to check out the other small villages on the 16-mile strip of land.
Day Trips from Placencia Village
Right in Placencia you can book a tour that ventures out to the barrier reef, nearby islands, or inland to the jungles, ruins, and other attractions. A good way to find a company that offers tours is to simply stroll along The Sidewalk and watch for signs with excursion offerings! If you prefer planning ahead, check out Roam Belize, which has a host of options which include tours to witness the rich culture of Dangriga, visits to the Mayan ruin Xunantunich, a trip to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve, zipline rides, and more! Or, turn your gaze out to sea and watch for manatees, go island-hopping, snorkeling, fishing, and sail around the gorgeous ocean with Placencia Adventures. Most of the resorts in the area offer tour packages, so go ahead and ask around to find an excursion that's exactly what you're looking for!
Drive an hour north to the friendly village of Hopkins in the shadow of the Maya Mountains, where you'll see a diverse landscape, taste delicious, authentic cuisine, and have chances to meet social locals at one of the frequent music performances. You'll have access to a myriad of outdoor adventures here, as well.
Placencia Village - derived from a word that means pleasant in English - is truly a fantastic place to spend a beach getaway. With a friendly atmosphere, gorgeous scenery, and no shortage of relaxation opportunities, you will surely want to visit this easygoing community again and again.
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