Hello Sirenian Bay friends!
They say that you can have too much of a good thing. But believe me: when you spend your days living in paradise, you can never have too much! In fact, you just want to tell the world how great you have it – and invite them to come join in on the fun!
No words can really do Placencia justice, but this little manatee will do his best! Today let’s take a tour of this sunny nirvana and see just why it’s Belize’s hottest vacation destination.
We’re just 30 minutes from Belize City
Hop on a puddle jumper and you’ll arrive in tropical style in just 30 minutes. And what an arrival it is! Placencia sits right at the tip of an incredible peninsula wrapped by bays, mangroves and white sand beaches. It feels like an island, but it’s not! A fishing village dating all the way back to the 1700s, Placencia is now a prosperous spot brimming with tropical sights, outdoorsy activities and fresh-from-the-ocean eats. It may have a single street, but it’s amazing enough to attract the likes of Francis Ford Coppola and many other superstars!
72 degrees and sunny? You bet.
California and Florida may take weather-related bragging rights in the US, but Placencia does it on a brand new level. We’re all about those subtropical vibes. Sunny days are what it’s all about – and gentle sea breezes keep things from heating up too much. Expect year-round temperatures of between 75-80F.
The ocean’s warm, too – if you take a dip, expect it to sit at about 80F year round. Like all
tropical regions, we do have a rainy season. May-November is when the skies open up – but don’t let that stop you. There’s still plenty of fun to be had.
More food than you can Instagram
Belize is an ethnically diverse country, and our cuisine is an amazing reflection of that. Mestizo and Maya influences show up in tamales, caldo and corn garnaches.
Kriol cuisine is all about tantalizing stews, curries – and coconuts, while Garifuna dishes heavily feature cassava. Placencia’s fishing village origins heavily inform our daily eats, too. Enjoy ceviche, conch fritter and steamed fish at local restaurants like Rumfish y Vino, Dawn’s Grill, Wendy’s Creole and Tipsy Tuna.
For sweets, head to the market – or a nearby tree – and take your pick of the tropical fruit on offer. Oh, and did we mention that the Mayans invented chocolate? And don’t miss our favorite – rich, creamy ice cream at Tutti Frutti.
You’ll need a bigger calendar for all this
Perfect weather and a balmy setting make Placencia the ideal location for outdoorsy activities. Boat up Monkey River, hike through the Cockscomb Nature Reserve to look for jaguars, and try your hand at ziplining, snorkeling, fishing and scuba diving. Head out to Gladden Spit Marin Reserve to spot giant whale sharks.
Depending on the time of year, you can also enjoy festivities such as Lobsterfest and the Placencia Arts Festival. Cultural activities like chocolate making, Garifuna drumming and traditional cooking classes ensure that everyone’s catered to.
Every step is a step back in time
Placencia as we know it has only been around a few hundred years, but its history goes back millennia. The entire region is bursting with archaeological sites including Nim Li Puit and Lubaantum.
If you’ve got time, head to Xunantunich, a massive ceremonial center that will take your breath away. Fun fact: it was the first Mayan site in the country to open to the public.
Inspired to see what Placencia’s all about? Book a stay with us, and we’ll show you around!