Tours of Placencia, Belize
Placencia Belize Tours
The idyllic fishing village of Placencia lies at the southern end of the 16-mile long Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize. Widely considered to have some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, Placencia is an ideal place to explore nearby attractions like the mangrove-lined lagoon on its western side, pristine jungle rivers, rainforests teeming with wildlife, and ancient Maya ruins.
Here are just some of the exciting destinations available in and around Placencia:
Beginning on the peninsula, participants travel 12 miles upriver on a boat to reach the eponymous Monkey River Village on the Caribbean coast while spotting manatees playing and frolicking in the shelter of mangrove trees. From there, it’s time to head upriver as a guide describes and points out animals like crocodiles, deer, giant iguanas, boa constrictors, and a bevy of beautiful plants. Once upriver, it’s time to disembark and head into the jungle in search of black howler monkeys. The tour concludes with a homemade lunch in Monkey River Village.
Only about an hour’s drive from Placencia, the enormous Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary measuring more than 150 square miles (400 square km). Famous for being the first jaguar reserve in the world, day hikers have little risk of encountering these nocturnal animals but can enjoy the numerous hiking trails to explore waterfalls, streams, and lush rainforest passages. Animals easier to spot in the sanctuary include giant iguanas, deer, and hundreds of different bird species.
Belize is home to more ancient Maya sites than anywhere else, including places like Nim Li Punit and Lubaantun that are only a short distance from Placencia. Abandoned more than 1,000 years ago for reasons unknown, these magnificent stone cities allow visitors to touch and explore the rich history of the Maya.
Placencia is the perfect place to climb aboard a sailboat and head out into the beautiful waters of the Caribbean. Much like the pirates that once used these waters to launch attacks on Spanish ships, participants can take their time exploring uninhabited islands or snorkel and swim before enjoying an unforgettably beautiful sunset cruise back to the peninsula.
The Placencia Peninsula is the gateway to the Belize Barrier Reef, part of the second-largest barrier reef in the world and an area teeming with colorful marine flora and fauna. Participants can choose from popular destinations like the Laughing Bird Caye National Park, Silk Cayes, and other islands to enjoy world-class snorkeling and diving. Other options include visiting Gladden Spit in the spring to swim with whale sharks.
A locally-owned and operated company based in southeastern Belize, Roam Belize helps travelers enjoy the perfect Belize vacation and tours. Roam Belize has a fleet of modern vehicles for rent or can arrange for door-to-door shuttle service to and from anywhere in the country.
Roam can also arrange organized tours to the top destinations in the country and make bookings at hotels, lodges, and resorts.