Hello Sirenian Bay friends!
Placencia may only be home to about 1000 locals, but those locals take their food seriously. As a result, this tiny beachside town at the tip of the peninsula has a thriving culinary scene. Here are a few of the standout food and drink destinations in Placencia.
Maya Beach Bistro – French toast and breakfast burritos
This quaint beachside inn is known for hearty breakfasts that bring together the Caribbean, the Mesoamerican and the Continental. Fragrant cinnamon roll French toast, overstuffed breakfast burritos and a groaning platter of shrimp and grits all prove why breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Enjoy it while admiring ocean views framed by leafy palm trees. But get there early if you want a cinnamon roll – they go quick!
Dawn’s Grill – small venue, big Caribbean flavors
Just south of the telephone office, Dawn’s is a street cart turned small diner that promises big flavors. Specializing in Caribbean and Belizean cuisine, this tiny mother-daughter business offers a rotating menu of fry cakes, grilled lobster and fish tacos, with key lime pie an unsurpassed dessert choice. Take a seat at one of the six tables right at opening time to ensure that you don’t miss out. Dietary requirements can be catered to.
Galley Restaurant – Placencia’s spot for pizza
Hidden behind the ballpark, Galley Restaurant specializes in surf and turf, burgers and both thin- and thick-crust pizza. Owned by a husband and wife team, it’s a casual out-of-the-way spot for home-style comfort food. Enjoy your meal on the patio or order your meal delivered to your door – or sunbathing spot on the beach.
Rumfish y Vino – elegant dining with superb views
In Placencia Village Square, this elegant restaurant plates up a seafood-heavy menu along with a wine list said to be the best in Belize. Tapas and classic comfort foods receive a Belizean twist that makes for a singular dining experience. Dine inside when the weather’s warmest, or out on the leafy terraces to make the most of those stunning sunset views.
Tipsy Tuna – a sports bar on the beach
Perfectly positioned in the middle of the beach, the Tipsy Tuna is a brightly painted sports bar serving up bar bites including seafood and wings alongside a wide-ranging drinks menu. Live music, large-screen TVs and plenty of seating on the sand make it a winner. The upstairs deck is perfect for glimpsing the moon touching down on the water.
Pickled Parrot – a tropical bar experience
Owned by an American expat and just off Main Street, the Pickled Parrot is a laid-back setting infused with a tropical ambiance. Take a seat and order up your choice of seafood, American-inspired grill plates and fresh tropical drinks. There’s live music on Saturdays, and the resident dogs and cats are always available for petting.
Tutti Frutti – Belize’s best gelato
Housed in a vivid purple and white building, Tutti Frutti is a gelateria serving up an ever-changing variety of gelato flavors. Owned by Italians, this popular dessert staple offers a mix of the traditional and the Belize-influenced. Chocolate, Tiramisu, Lavender, Coconut, Pineapple and Rum & Raisin are some of the standouts. Tutti Frutti also brews bold coffee perfect for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
These are just a handful of Placencia’s culinary offerings. Visit us at Sirenian Bay to explore them – and more!
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