Placencia a Top Destination to Visit in Belize for 2017
With a wild assortment of postcard-perfect tropical islands and lush rainforests, jungles, and misty mountains to choose from, it’s no surprise that Belize is one of the hottest visitor destinations in 2017. The Placencia Peninsula, 16 miles of golden beaches on the Caribbean coast of southeastern Belize, is a great way for visitors to experience the natural beauty of Belize while escaping the crowds.
Ranging from north to south, the Placencia Peninsula is a thin strip of territory separated from the mainland by mangrove-lined lagoons teeming with fish. At the southern end of the peninsula is the idyllic fishing village of Placencia, holder of the Guinness Book of World Records for smallest main street, a four-foot wide sidewalk free of automobiles that’s perfect for cafes, restaurants, souvenirs, handicrafts, and dive shops. Placencia Village prides itself on its “barefoot perfect” lifestyle and formal dress is never required.
From Placencia, it’s just a short boat trip to some of the most scenic parts of the Belize Barrier Reef. Protected reserves like the Laughing Bird Caye National Park and the natural wonder of Glover’s Atoll are tailor-made for snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, and simply admiring the colorful abundance of marine flora and fauna that call the reef home. Although coral reefs make up a fraction of the ocean’s surface, they are home to an astonishing 25% of all aquatic life, including sharks, rays, sea turtles, dolphins, and hundreds of species of fish. Sunset cruises and sailing trips are also popular attractions on the reef.
Mainland adventure opportunities abound as well, including boat trips up the scenic Monkey River where local guides will explain how native plants are still being used for medicinal purposes and take participants on a tour of the jungle to see wildlife like crocodiles, toucans, parrots, manatees, and black howler monkeys.
Other exciting mainland activities include hiking and bird watching in the enormous Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve, home to some of Central America’s last surviving jaguars, and touring ancient Maya ruins nearby like Nim Li Punit and Lubantuum.
Roam Belize, a locally-owned and operated company based near Placencia, offers visitors complete tour packages to all of the top attractions in and around the Placencia peninsula. Roam Belize also provides rental vehicles, shuttle and private transfer service to and from anywhere in the country or region, and can arrange for accommodations at the top resorts, lodges, and hotels in Placencia and the surrounding area.
Questions about visiting Placencia Belize? Send us an email at info[@]roambelize.com. We’d love to help you plan your Placencia vacation!