Maya Beach

Maya Beach provides a simple, isolated way to experience the beaches of Belize. Small, sparse resorts dot the area, but don't detract from the turquoise waters of the Caribbean sea and the soft, white sand.

Located in Stann Creek District, Maya Beach is on the South East coast of Belize. You should think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying in the immediate vicinity. Beachgoers tend to want a compromise between fun and relaxation, and Maya Beach offers that middle ground. It's a spot that is never really too crowded, even though its not far from some of Belize's best hotspots.

How to Access The 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).

Amenities and Ambiance

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. The shallow waters of the Caribbean make for great snorkeling and swimming.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

What's Nearby


Maya Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the South East coast of Belize; it's located near attractions like Speactarte Art Gallery, which is one of the closest attractions.

Historical attractions like World's Narrowest Main Street provide a wonderful compliment to the scenery of Maya Beach, plus they allow vacationers to learn more about Belize, without straying too far from the coastline. Actually, you'll find this spot six miles to the south of this destination of historical interest.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Maya Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Speactarte Art Gallery Art Gallery 0.2 N --
Lola’s Art Art Gallery 1.9 SSW --
Placencia Mangroves Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 4.4 S --
Art Affair Gallery Art Gallery 5.9 S --
World's Narrowest Main Street Historical Site 6.1 S --

Cities and Towns

Maya Beach is very close to Placencia, so walking the city is a definite option. The closest town is Placencia, which is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization.


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. This beach is not near many large hotels, but it can attract guests from smaller lodgings in the area.

Those seeking a room not far from Maya Beach should find themselves in luck, as there are plenty of hotels and resorts to choose from close-by. Find the closest, most convenient hotel booking options by looking over what's shown in the table below.

Accommodations near Maya Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Singing Sands Inn 0.3 mi. N Cottages
Barnacle Bill's Beach Bungalows -- -- Lodge
Maya Breeze Inn -- -- Hotel
Green Parrot Beach House 0.8 mi. N Lodge
Spectarte Bed & Breakfast 1.0 mi. N B & B
Maya Beach Hotel 1.1 mi. N Hotel
Casa At Last 1.6 mi. SSW Resort
Nautical Inn Resort 2.4 mi. S Resort
Seakunga Belize 3.0 mi. S Hostel
The Placencia Hotel and Residence 3.1 mi. NE Hotel


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you eat at an area restaurant, where you can sample regional favorites, without straying too far from your current location. Bonefish Grille is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant features International food. They have become well-known, however, because of their seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's not far off the beach at all.

The following table provides a list of dining options near this beach.

Restaurants near Maya Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Bonefish Grille (501) 520-8022 International Informal 0.3 mi. N
Jaguar Bowling Lanes Restaurant (501) 601-4434 American Very Casual 0.6 mi. N
Mangos (501) 533-8102 Belizean, International Very Casual 0.7 mi. N
Tiger Beach Club (501) 628-1250 Indian Very Casual -- --
S&K Restaurant (501) 533-8473 Belizean, Chinese Very Casual 0.8 mi. N
Green Parrot Beach Houses's Restaurant (501) 533-8188 Belizean, International Informal 0.8 mi. N
Fantoni's Kitchen (501) 630-4752 Belizean, International Informal 1.0 mi. N
Maya Beach Bistro (501) 533-8040 Caribbean, Contemporary Fine Dining 1.1 mi. N
Vern’s Restaurant -- Belizean Very Casual -- --
Nautical Inn Restaurant (501) 523-3595 Caribbean Informal 2.4 mi. S
Azure Pool Restaurant (501) 533-4117 International Very Casual 3.1 mi. NE
Capriccio (501) 533-4117 Caribbean, Italian Informal 3.1 mi. NE

Other Beaches

There are other beaches in Belize you might like besides Maya Beach.

You might also enjoy South Placencia Beach, situated a brief car or taxi trip away.

You may also want to consider Seine Bight Beach, which is located a mile and a half away.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in Belize; then again, taking a swim at Maya Beach is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.


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