South Placencia 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.

Located near the middle of Placencia, South Placencia Beach is on the South East coast of Belize. You might want regardless of whether you're staying nearby. South Placencia Beach is the sort of place where people go to be among the interesting crowds and sights, and there is plenty of beach action to keep them busy - it's certainly not the place to go to be alone.

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.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

Since South Placencia Beach is found within a major tourist area, you'll want to plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find South Placencia Beach on the South East coast of Belize; the area is home to other attractions such as Art Affair Gallery, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

If you want to learn more about the history of Belize, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. One of the nearest historical attractions is World's Narrowest Main Street, which is a few hundred yards away.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near South Placencia Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Art Affair Gallery Art Gallery 0.0 NNE --
World's Narrowest Main Street Historical Site 0.2 SSE --
Art n Soul Art Gallery 0.2 S --
Placencia Mangroves Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.6 N --
Lola’s Art Art Gallery 4.2 N --

Cities and Towns

The nearby town of Placencia is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

Since the beach is situated in a relatively popular vacation spot, it typically isn't that difficult to find just the right type of hotel nearby. For guests wanting to get a place that's on or near the ocean, the table below shows the accommodations closest to South Placencia Beach.

Accommodations near South Placencia 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
Rum Point Inn 0.1 mi. SE Hotel
HFC Lodge 0.1 mi. SSE Lodge


If you need to grab a bite to eat around midday, this beach has you covered, so you won't have to wander too far from the sea. One of the nearest places to eat is Cozy Corner Restaurant. The restaurant serves delicious Caribbean food. They're also renowned for their seafood. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's just a little ways away.

Nearby restaurant options are included in the following table.

Restaurants near South Placencia 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 -- --
Trattoria Placencia (501) 623-3394 Italian Informal 0.1 mi. SE
Daisy's Ice Cream (501) 503-3281 -- Very Casual 0.1 mi. WNW
2 Can B Sweet -- American Very Casual 0.1 mi. SSE
French Connection (501) 523-3656 French, Fusion Very Casual -- --
Tommy's Chinese Restaurant -- Chinese Informal 0.2 mi. S
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

Other Beaches

There are multiple beaches to discover in Belize, of course, so if South Placencia Beach doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

You might also enjoy Maya Beach, which is home to plenty of activity. It is located six miles to the north.

Vacationers may also want to visit Seine Bight Beach, which is located four miles away.

While Belize has many alluring attractions, a trip to South Placencia Beach could end up a family favorite.


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