Attractions in Placencia

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Twelve miles of golden beaches, views of the Maya Mountains, and a rich foundation of culture, Placencia is a place like no other.  Most of the every-day attraction and activities center on the sea from boating and fishing to snorkeling and diving, but if you take a good look around you'll find plenty of ways to keep busy. 

Beaches

South Placencia Beach

You will discover a small variety of beaches to choose from in and around the area. Just click on the name of each beach to read a detailed article concerning that beach.

Maya Beach: As Maya Beach is located east of the main road running down the Placencia peninsula and is easily accessible from the road. Since the area is relatively undeveloped, it is recommended that visitors travel by car, though taxis are willing to drive from the larger Placencia Village (about seven miles away).

Another alternative worth considering is Seine Bight Beach. Seine Bight is located on the northern end of the Placencia peninsula. The area offers secluded swimming spots and boasts over four miles of sandy beaches and crystal clear water.

South Placencia Beach: South Placencia provides a beautiful beach spot off the east coast of the country. The area is a popular location for visitors and locals alike, containing many smaller resorts and restaurants steps away from the white, sandy beaches.

Luckily, the area is home to even more beaches to choose from in and around the area. For a more comprehensive look at beaches, visit this page.

Historical Sites

Enjoy exploring the history of foreign countries? If yes, you should consider visiting a historical site while on vacation in Placencia.

Historic Sites In Placencia
Name Type Phone Location
World's Narrowest Main Street Historical Site -- 0.7 mi. South of Central Placencia Belize

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you want to enjoy more of your vacation outdoors? You may be happy to learn the area has several enjoyable nature preserves in and nearby.

Savannah Forest Station at Paynes Creek is a popular nature preserve found in Toledo District, West of Placencia. The best way to see Paynes Creek is to take a boat through Punta Ycacos Lagoon, which is home to an important manatee breeding ground and the nesting sites of several forms of wildlife. You can also take a one hour hike from the ranger station where you can get a paper guide that tells you where to go and what you're seeing along the way.

Be sure to look at the following table for more information about your options.

Nature Preserves and Hiking In and Around Placencia
Name Type Location
Placencia Mangroves Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.1 mi. North of Central Placencia
Savannah Forest Station at Paynes Creek Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 4.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central Alabama Warf

Day Trips: More Attractions Near Placencia

As a small fishing village, Placencia can be far from the action at times. However, if you are willing to do a little more traveling, you will find yourself with plenty of more options. There are a number of attractions in the greater Toledo area that you will be able to visit with a little effort.

Paynes Creek National Park: If the Savannah Forest Station is not enough for you, driving a little further will take you to the main section of the Paynes Creek National Park system. Encompassing over 37,680 acres, Paynes Creek offeres a varied selection of fauna and wildlife, including howler monkeys and over 300 species of birds. Hikers and photographers can follow marked trails throughout the park, and explore changing terrain, various estuaries, and even historic Maya ruins.

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary: A little closer than Paynes Creek, Cockscomb Basin is located just Northwest of the entrance to the Placencia peninsula. Established as a wildlife refuge for the endangered jaguar, visitors coming to this park should keep their eyes open if they want to see this elusive creature. Additional sights include waterfalls, rivers, and a plethora of plant life. Just beware, the road through this refuge is muddy and very bumpy – make sure your vehicle can handle it.

Laughing Bird Caye: Located eleven miles off the coast of Placencia, Laughing Bird Caye is an oasis for bird and aquatic populations. Pelicans, herons, lizards, and crustaceans all call the island home, while the waters surrounding the cay teem with dolphin and fish populations. To get here, you will need to set up a boat charter while in Placencia.

These are just some of the many options waiting for you around Placencia. The area is large and mostly undeveloped, talking to locals and tour guides in the area will help you find some of the best kept secrets of Belize.

 

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