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.

Set near the heart of Placencia, South Placencia Beach is on the South East edge of Belize. You might think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying in the vicinity. Travelers who want to avoid long taxi rides will love how easy it is to access South Placencia Beach. There are so many things to do in the area, as this beach is right in the center of all the daytime activity.

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, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location.

Since South Placencia Beach will be located in a tourist hotspot, you might need to hunt to get a spot!

What's Nearby


Travelers will find South Placencia Beach on the South East coast of Belize. It is near some interesting sites like Art Affair Gallery, which is among the local attractions.

History-focused attractions such as World's Narrowest Main Street are the perfect compliment to an afternoon at South Placencia Beach, and give visitors the opportunity to learn more about Belize's past, without venturing too far from the coast. Actually, you'll find this spot just a short distance away from this historical destination.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

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

South Placencia Beach is close to Placencia, so walking the city is a definite option. Not far away you'll find Placencia, a city which is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. South Placencia Beach is not located near many major hotels, but it can attract guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

Visitors looking for a hotel room near the beach shouldn't find it that difficult, as there are lots of hotels and resorts to choose from nearby. Find the closest booking options by looking over what's listed in the table below.

Accommodations near South Placencia Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Manatee Inn 0.0 mi. SSE Hotel
Peninsula Hotel -- -- Hotel
Evan's Place 0.1 mi. SE Guest house
Coconut Cottage 0.1 mi. NNW Cottages
Seaspray Hotel 0.1 mi. N Hotel
Cozy Corner Hotel 0.1 mi. SSE Hotel
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
Bull's Mahogany Beach Cabanas 0.2 mi. SE Cottages


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at South Placencia Beach; there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the closest restaurants is DeTatch Seafood and Grill. The restaurant serves delicious Caribbean food. Visitors often rave about their seafood. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's only a short distance away.

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

Restaurants near South Placencia Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
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
Cozy Corner Restaurant (501) 523-3540 Caribbean Very Casual 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

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides South Placencia Beach in Belize.

If the vibrant atmosphere of South Placencia Beach is what you're looking for, consider checking out Maya Beach, a spot with the same type of electricity. You'll find it six miles to the north.

Vacationers may also want to visit Seine Bight Beach, located reasonably close-by, meaning a short ride in a taxi will get you here pretty easily.

Of course, Belize has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but visiting South Placencia Beach or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in Belize even more memorable.


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