South Placencia Peninsula Beach

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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. The turquoise sea is shallow and perfect for swimming and snorkeling.

Situated near the middle of Placencia, South Placencia Peninsula Beach is on the South East coast of Belize. You might want regardless of whether you're staying particularly close by. Travelers who like to see and do as much as they can will probably enjoy this beach because of its urban location. Actually, South Placencia Peninsula Beach is probably a great fit for guests of nearby hotels, and people who want an unlimited number of nearby restaurants and activities to choose from.

How to Access The Beach
Beaches are easily accessible from the road, particularly since the peninsula is fairly narrow. If you are thinking about visiting from a more distant location, there is an airport nearby, which acts as a major transportation hub for the southern half of the country. This means that buses, shuttles, and taxis are available to transport guests to any of the local beaches.

Amenities and Ambiance

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. The shallow water means that almost every spot is a perfect for snorkeling.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

Since South Placencia Peninsula Beach is of course located inside a commonly visited area, you'll want to plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


South Placencia Peninsula Beach is beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find on the South East coast of Belize. It's located near Mermaid Charms, which is one of the favorite local destinations.

If you want more information on the history of Belize, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. For example, you might enjoy a visit to World's Narrowest Main Street, which is a few hundred yards away.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of ways to stay busy. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near South Placencia Peninsula Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Mermaid Charms Art Gallery 0.0 mi. NNE --
World's Narrowest Main Street Historical Site 0.2 mi. SSE --
Art n Soul Art Gallery 0.2 mi. S --
Placencia Mangroves Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.6 mi. N --

Cities and Towns

South Placencia Peninsula Beach is near Placencia, so a trip into the city is a definite option. Nearby, you'll find the city of Placencia, which is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of other guests who are staying close by.

Because the beach is located in a relatively popular vacation area, it shouldn't be very tough to find just the right type of hotel nearby. If you and your group are wanting to get a place that's near the ocean, the following table shows the options closest to South Placencia Peninsula Beach.

Accommodations near South Placencia Peninsula Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Manatee Inn 0.0 mi. SSE Hotel
Evan's Place 0.1 mi. SE Guest house
Cozy Corner Hotel 0.1 mi. SE Hotel
Coconut Cottage 0.1 mi. NNW Cottages
Seaspray Hotel 0.1 mi. N Hotel
Bull's Beach Cabanas 0.1 mi. N Cottages
Eloise's Guesthouse 0.1 mi. S Guest house
Macovy Blues Guesthouse 0.1 mi. W Guest house
Sunsets Belize 0.1 mi. NW Villa complex
Rum Point Inn 0.1 mi. SE Hotel


If you start getting hungry during your afternoon at the shore, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, and you won't have to look too far away. Cozy Corner Restaurant is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant serves delicious Caribbean cuisine. They are also known for serving seafood. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's just a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of restaurants closest to this beach.

Restaurants near South Placencia Peninsula Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Cozy Corner Restaurant (501) 523-3540 Caribbean Very Casual 0.1 mi. SE
DeTatch Seafood and Grill (501) 523-3148 Caribbean Very Casual 0.1 mi. N
DeTach (501) 503-3385 Caribbean Very Casual -- --
Dragonfly Moon (501) 523-5662 Asian Fusion Informal 0.1 mi. S
Omar’s (501) 523-3236 Creole Very Casual -- --
La Dolce Vita (501) 523-3115 Italian Fine Dining 0.2 mi. S
Rumfish Y Vino (501) 523-3293 Belizean Informal 0.2 mi. S
Secret Garden (501) 523-3240 Creole Very Casual 0.3 mi. S
Pickled Parrot Bar & Grill (501) 604-0278 Eclectic Very Casual 0.3 mi. S
The Galley (501) 523-3133 Belizean, Caribbean Informal 0.3 mi. S
Wendy's Creole Restaurant and Bar (501) 523-3335 Creole, Spanish Very Casual 0.3 mi. S
Above Grounds Coffee House (501) 634-3212 American Very Casual 0.4 mi. SSE

Other Beaches

Visitors in search of the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices in Belize besides South Placencia Peninsula Beach.

Another location you might enjoy is Maya Beach, where there's usually lots of activity. You'll find it seven miles to the north.

Travelers may also want to consider Seine Bight Beach, located reasonably close-by, meaning a short cab ride is a solid choice.

While Belize has many alluring attractions, taking a swim at South Placencia Peninsula Beach is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.


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