Placencia Attractions

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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. 


South Placencia Beach

You'll find a handful of beaches to consider in and around the area. You can click on the name of each beach for more information concerning that part of the coast.

Maya Beach: Maya Beach features immaculate white sand that stretches from the beach area into the sea. Thick vegetation lies just off the coast, offering an picturesque backdrop, while palm trees dot the area closer to the water.

A second option that beach-goers can consider is Seine Bight Beach. Seine Bight Beach offers four miles of sand, mostly in close proximity to local restaurants and inns. Palm trees and tropical vegetation cover the area leading up to a strip of beach.

South Placencia Beach: South Placencia is located on a peninsula on the southern half of the country and features 16 miles of white, sandy beaches. Most of the beaches provide scattered palm trees and converge with the crystal clear waters from the Caribbean sea.

These are just some of what's available. To find out about other beaches available, go to this page.

Historical Sites

If you like to experience the historical roots of an unfamiliar place, you might enjoy visiting a historical site while on vacation in Placencia.

Historic Sites In Placencia
Name Type Phone Location
World's Narrowest Main Street Historical Site -- 1.5 mi. South of Central Placencia Belize

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you like spending time under the open sky? You may be pleased to know the area has several enjoyable nature preserves in and nearby.

Savannah Forest Station at Paynes Creek is a nature preserve located within 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.

You can look through the table below for more information about your options.

Nature Preserves and Hiking In and Around Placencia
Name Type Location
Placencia Mangroves Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 0.4 mi. Northwest 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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