Getting to Placencia, located in the southernmost portion of Belize, is like a choose your own adventure novel—you have several ways to reach your final destination!
Your journey will begin once you arrive in Belize City. Several major cities in the United States have direct flights into Belize City’s Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE).
From Belize City you can choose to fly, take a shuttle, car, taxi or bus to Placencia—options ranging from 35 minutes to 5 hours in transit.
There are two local airlines (Maya Island Air and Tropic Air) that run domestic flights at least 5 times per day to and from Placencia, with early morning and late afternoon flights available. These flights are on 9 -13 seat Cessna airplane and flight times average 40 minutes. The average cost for a one-way adult ticket is $134 USD (round trip is $234/person). Sirenian Bay Resort & Villas is an agent for Tropic Air and we are happy to book your local flights for you! If you fly to Placencia, our staff will pick you up at the Placencia airport for a quick ride back to the Resort.
There are several options for shuttles from Belize City to Placencia. The average length of time the shuttle takes to reach its destination is 3.5 hours with a cost per person averaging $55 USD (one-way).
There are many transportation companies that provide private car/van transfers and are based both in Belize City and Placencia. The average cost of a Van transfer is $260-$300 USD for 1 – 4 persons.
We do not recommend renting a car unless you are familiar and comfortable with the driving conditions, vehicle conditions, and navigational signs in a country like Belize. However, if you decide to rent a car, there are several car rental agencies to choose from at the Belize Airport, and two car rental agencies in Placencia if you decide you would like a car when you get to Placencia. Average cost for car rental per day is $75 USD.
There are two bus lines that go to and from Belize City to Placencia. If you are beginning your trip from the Belize Airport you will have to arrive on a flight before noon so you can catch the 2nd bus leaving Belize around 1:00 p.m. Buses are ideal if you are on a budget and you spend a night in Belize City. Buses usually take about 4-5 hours to get to Placencia. The average cost for one person from Belize City to Placencia is $15 USD.
Belize – A Pocket-Sized Beauty
We’ve toured the whole of the Caribbean, but it was tiny Belize that won our hearts. Why? It’s close, safe and welcoming – and it has 185 miles of magnificent barrier reef to its name. In fact, it’s home to the healthiest barrier reef in the world (the Great Barrier Reef is the largest, but ours is the healthiest!).
There’s so much about this friendly, wonderfully diverse country that instantly makes you feel right at home.
For one, it’s the only Central American country where English is an official language, and the only one where the currency is pegged to the US Dollar! With $2 Belize Dollars equivalent to $1 USD, the exchange is simple – and it’s even more simple when you learn that most places are happy to accept US currency.
And then there’s the unbeatable beauty of the country itself. With Mexico to the north, Guatemala to the south and west, and the splendor of the Caribbean Sea to the east, it’s a true tropical paradise.
Think mountains, jungles and beaches – not to mention some of the world’s most colorful, unusual wildlife. Tapirs, jaguars, and toucans are just some of the creatures you might spot.
Explore a little and you’ll find plenty of other wonders. There are stone temples and deep caves that take you back to the time of the mysterious ancient Maya – a civilization perhaps best known for inventing chocolate.
And if you prefer to live in the here and now, there are endless adventures to be had – everything from zip-lining to spelunking to river tubing. You’ll love it!
Placencia – It’s Barefoot Perfect
We’re only half-joking when we say that shoes are optional in our home away from home in Placencia.
With 16 miles of soft, white sand beaches tracing the edge of the stunning Caribbean Sea, Placencia has earned the right to its local nickname of ‘Barefoot Perfect.’
In fact, everything about it is perfect. Way down on the southern tip of tropical Belize, it’s a tiny former fishing village whose warm, tranquil feel is summed up by a name that translates to ‘pleasant.’
If you’re after a stunningly beautiful paradise where long, lazy days segue into long, lazy evenings, then Placencia is the place for you. You can relax, shop, dine, and then relax some more.
It’s barefoot perfect – and vacation perfect.
One of the reasons we chose to build in Placencia is because of the safety and stability of Belize and the Placencia Peninsula.
Here are a few helpful resources and links to ensure your vacation is as safe as possible.
U.S. Department of State
If you are a United States citizen, you can check travel recommendations and warnings for Belize here. If you are traveling from somewhere else, please be advised of any warnings your home country has issued regarding travel to Belize.
Please be advised that local mosquito transmission of Zika virus infection (Zika) has been reported in Belize. You can find the Center for Disease Control’s most recent recommendations and warnings regarding Zika in Belize here.
Weather can make or break a vacation. Here’s what you can expect year round with the weather in Belize…
More than likely you and your family will enjoy gorgeous sunny days with an average year-round temperature of 75-80°F the entire time you’re here (trust us, you’re going to love it—the weather is near perfect)!
The Caribbean Sea water temperature also stays around 80°F throughout the year.
Belize does have a wet season—June through December, when parts of the country receive up to 150 inches of rain and heavy, sometimes wild storms coming off the Caribbean, which usually occur in the late afternoons.
So if your preferred travel dates fall during that season, just keep it in mind, be flexible, and plan your afternoon activities accordingly.
Now you know another big question we’re asked is about hurricanes…Yes, Belize does have a hurricane season—June through mid-November and historically, most hurricanes have occurred between August and October in Belize.
Never fear though, we have a cooperative early warning network that we share with our neighbors and our safety, evacuation, and other procedures have proven to be effective. So on the rare chance a hurricane does head your way, we’ve got plans in place to keep you safe.
If you have any questions about hurricanes, the rainy season or the weather in Belize, please reach out—we’re here to help!