Placencia Village Travel Guide

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Placencia Village Things to Do

  • Swimming into the underworld!

    We booked a daytrip Mayan ruins/caving combo. The adventure started with a boat ride across the lagoon, where Aahsum has a van parked. Our tour guide was a young man named John (I wish I could tell every Placencial tourist about him, because without him our adventure would not have been the same). We visited ruins Lim Ni Punit , which was not a...

  • Don't Miss This!!!

    By far the most fun I've ever had on any vacation (and I've been on a ton!) was on Doyle Gardiner's tour of the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve. It includes a jungle hike chock full of all kinds of fascinating facts and surprises, a great lunch, tubing down the river, swimming under a waterfall, and sliding down the river rocks. He's the only...

  • Cockcomb Jaguar Reserve

    Unfortunately, Jaguar are nocturnal, so the chance of seeing one during the day is very slim, but I still highly recommend the excursion. We saw so much interesting flora and fauna, birds, and some interesting animals. It's a large jungle with a lot to offer, especially a breathtaking waterfall and relaxing tube ride down South Stann Creek....

  • Get out to the Cays!!!

    You can fish, snorkel, or just relax. We went to Ranguana Cay, which was lovely. I'll let this picture speak for itself...

  • Go for the grand slam!

    The fishing was incredible, we caught everything. We didn't get any tarpon to complete the so-called Grand Slam, but we caught a bunch of Bonefish and and a Permit. We were even spin casting, so don't worry about not being able to fly fish. THen we went out around Ranguana Cay and caught all kinds of Mackerel, Snapper, Jacks, and way too many...

  • Monkey River Tour

    This was the highlight of our visit to Placencia. We used a tour agent called "Ocean Motion" located on the sidewalk in the village. For $50 US per person, they offered tours at 6:00 and 7:30 AM. We selected the 6:00 departure because it would be more comfortable. The small boat picked us up on the beach at our hotel and went to Monkey River...


Placencia Village Hotels

  • Chabil Mar Villas

    Placencia Peninsula Rd, Placencia, Belize

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Maya Beach Hotel

    Maya Beach, Placencia, Belize

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Laru Beya Resort & Villas

    Placencia Road, Placencia, 00501, Belize

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

Placencia Village Restaurants

  • Jake's Purple Space Monkey

    4 out of 5 stars

    We found the Purple Space Monkey to be very satisfying. We ate there for breakfast and enjoyed scrambled eggs, bacon, french toast, fry jacks, and orange juice, which all tasted great. We also used their WiFi and it was fast and reliable. We enjoyed live music while eating there for dinner. The nachos were great as well as the chicken teriyaki...

  • De Thatch

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Would of liked to try another meal, but the breakfast was great. I loved my breakfast burrito, one of the best while I was in Belize. The Stuffed Jack is the way to's a Belizean special. Almost liked a fried breakfast burrito.

  • The Cozy Corner

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Cozy Corner is right on the beach and has been around for many years. It's a great place to spend the afternoon on the beach right outside with a steady stream of belikan's and munchies. I like the Fried Chicken and tend to always order it. It comes in full and half orders - the full order is huge and I shared with my daughter.

  • Wendy's Restaurant & Bar

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Everything about Wendy's is great; centrally located, great service, decent prices. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Had a gigantic AMAZING chicken burrito and the daily special of pork and rice and beans. All were phenomenal!

  • Tutti Frutti

    5 out of 5 stars

    Italian Gelato Ice Cream at the Tuttifrutti Italian Ice Cream Parlor! Tiziana De Col, Laurent Testa, and Alessandro Missinato originally came to Placencia on vacation. They decided to come back and start a business. Tiziana and Laurent operated an ice cream parlor back in Rome, Italy. They combine Italian and Belizean products to create different...

  • Kitty's Place

    Dining is above the gift shop which gives a good view out to the cabanas and the beach. Service is excellent, and the meal was the best I had while in Belize. Bob had grilled snapper fillet coated in fresh papaya and spicy jerk seasoning, and I had seafood lasagna and both were excellent. Saw some other folks with really yummy looking big thick...


Placencia Village Nightlife

  • Barefoot Beach Bar

    Barefoot Beach Bar is a fun place. It reminds me of like a senior frogs type place you'd see in Mexico, but more laid back. The drinks are really well priced too. $5 Blz for yummy rum drinks. Casual. I was wearing a simple summer dress the first night and felt over dressed.

  • Beachside Bar/Resturant

    Great beachside spot for a cold drink and some food. This was our hangout for the three days in Placentia. We arrived saturday afternoon for the 3 o'clock weekly horseshoe tournament. They have nice big beachchairs to enjoy your drink under the palmtrees and enjoy the afternoon breeze. Sunday saw us back here for more "Panty Rippers" and cold...

  • The Place to Be

    We didn't go, but the happening spot that everyone mentioned was the Tipsy Tuna. We heard one of the Belizean bands the night before they went ot the Tuna, and they were awesome. So, I'm sure that place was rocking the next night. Casual, at all times


Placencia Village Transportation

  • Little planes

    The main mode into Placencia Village from Belize City is by plane. Two companies make regular daily flights into Placencia, some with a stop-over in Dangriga some straight through. Maya Tropic Air is reliable an easy. Once through customs look for the ticket counter directly through the doors, they will set you up. Tropic Air is the second company...

  • Bus 2

    The buses can get very crowded so its best to get the earliest bus or get to the bus station instead of catching it along the road, you can flag down the bus anywhere on the main Placencia road). There are only two buses which leave very early in the morning (5am and 6am)

  • Bus 1

    On our way to Placencia our bus broke down and we had to hitch a lift. We were told another bus was coming from Dangriga but according to the locals its best to just hitch a lift, obviously use the same precautions as you would anywhere ie don’t hitch a life on your own.


Placencia Village Shopping

  • Don't expect much

    There are a few souvenir shops in Placencia selling mostly Guatemalan crafts. They are OK. Next to Purple Space Monkey was a pottery shop which had some nice bowls and objects from Mexico and Nicaragua. There is very little in the way of "local" crafts.Shopping for food was an experience. Even though Belize is a major exporter of bananas, there...

  • Memories

    The Beach Bazaar is a souviner shop with some spark. Annette, stocks an array of select Belizean art, music, books, hot sauces etc. The front porch is a great place to lounge and watch the slow flow of people on the sidewalk. t-shirtscravingsmusic Mayan craftspaintingsarongshot saucebooksjewelerystampspost cards .50 - 100.00

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Placencia Village Local Customs

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    You will find Marie Sharp hot sauce in most restaurants and shops. The hotest of the hot come with a warning on the front and I think it best to heed it...but then I'm not the best judge as I'm a baby while it comes to spicy foods.

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Placencia Village Warnings and Dangers

  • Placencia - Use some sense

    Don't befriend scamps. Don't buy drugs. Don't get drunk and leave your doors or windows unlocked. Don't leave you belongins on the beach unless someone is watching them - someone you know!Just use some damn sense!!

  • Mosquito Bites....ahhhhhh!

    Be prepared, you will be eaten alive, especially around the lagoon, Jaguar Reserve, and most definitely Monkey RIver. I suggest a repellent with the highest deet amount possible. We used 5% and 7.15%, from Off, and it may have even attracted more mosquitoes. We borrowed some with 30% and that seemed to work out well.

  • Cat Burglars in and around Placencia

    On March 26, 2006 a gang of burglars invaded the Turtle Inn and Saks during the middle of the night and entered some of the cabanas while the guests were asleep. They entered through the windows. Some items were apparently stolen. According to local residents, this has happened several times before in the vicinity. Typically, the thieves remove the...


Placencia Village What to Pack

  • What to not forget!

    Sandals and shorts- you will live in them. Don't bring tshirts, buy them there! There is a new gift shop called Sea Shells-something on the sidewalk that has tons of great tshirts.Forget shoes unless you need to climb a mountain or visit a cave or ruin. (Then get ones with some serious tractor-tread on the bottom.) Bug spray is plentiful, so...

  • Bug spray and flip flops and floaties

    Backpacks are the way to go, anything with wheels is going to slow you down. Flip flops for day wear, flip flops for evening wear. Hiking shoes for treking and a light rain jacket or poncho. Most things can be purchased at Wallens or Olga's supermarkets just remember tons of bug spray (sand fleas!) and sunscreen. If bringing kids pack some float...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Placencia Village Sports & Outdoors


    Brian Young is a local Belizian who had a very respected dive shop with local dive masters. The other dive shop which was run by New Yorkers and they were not appreciated by the local populace. They also offer snorkeling, Mayan ruin, river tours, fishing etc. Whale shark tours are also one of their specialties. Brian's wife supplies lunch to...

  • Sea Horse Dive Shop

    Brian Young is a local Belizian who had a very respected dive shop with local dive masters. The other dive shop which was run by New Yorkers and they were not appreciated by the local populace. They also offer snorkeling, Mayan ruin, river tours, fishing etc. Whale shark tours are also one of their specialties. Brian's wife supplies lunch to those...

  • Scuba Dive the Barrier Reef

    The barrier reef along the coast of Belize is the second longest in the world. So diving is a popular activity at the resort towns on the coast. All three of the dive operations in Placencia offer two types of dives: a 2-tank barrier reef dive ($80 USD) and a 2 or 3 tank whale shark dive ($150-180 USD). As much as I would love to see whale sharks...


Placencia Village Favorites

  • The Best Beach in Belize

    The beach in Placencia is considered by many to be the best in Belize. I will not argue with this because I know that I did see a few decent beaches in the country and this one was by far superior to them. The beach stretchs for a couple kilometers along the Carribean and is open to the public all the way. The water here is incredibly warm and you...

  • The Narrowest Street in the World?

    Much hallaballoo is made of the fact that the Guiness Book of Records used to claim that "the Sidewalk" is he narrowiest street in the world. It is in fact a sidewalk, not a street made for cars. It the side walk runs parrelel to the beach and is flanked buy guesthouses, restaurants and souvenior shops. If you spend any time in Placencia, you will...

  • Beautiful Sunsets

    Sunset in the tropics always leave me breathless (in my northern home they seem to take for forever and I seem to lose attention), I love how the sun seems to just drop and in a minute the day is gone and night has set in.


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