Transportation Options for Placencia

Don't let planning your transportation to and around Placencia cause you any undue stress

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Home of the only gold-sand beaches in Belize, Placencia is the quintessential tropical paradise vacation spot. This charming fishing village features everything one looks for in a beach getaway, right down to the thatched-roof bars, art galleries, and overall laid back vibe. Getting to this locale should be just as relaxed as staying there, and it can be if you take the time to learn about each option available to you before diving in and proceeding to final booking.

Getting There

Because Placencia is located at the southern tip of Belize, getting here may make take a bit longer than some of the other locations in the country. This, of course, will all depend on how you choose to travel. Flying will always be the fastest way to get here, choosing to cruise leaves that up to the liner, and sailing and driving are the best choices for those who have plenty of time to make the journey.

Getting Around

Placencia as a whole is so small that you could easily get around the village on a bicycle without breaking a sweat. Many people prefer a more substantial means of travel, and have rental cars and a small number of taxis to call when in need. Buses and ferries, meanwhile, exist to help you to visit other towns in Belize.

Air Travel

Flying to Placencia will involve an international flight to the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport in Ladyville, which is just outside of Belize City. Direct flights are available from four U.S. Cities, as well as Guatemala and El Salvador, which means you'll probably be routed from your local airport to Miami, New Orleans, Raleigh, or Houston, though it is possible you can remain on the same plane if you fly with American Airlines, United Airlines, or US Airways.

When you arrive in Belize, you'll then switch to a domestic carrier and make a 50 minute flight to the Placencia Airport, which is little more than an airstrip and an air traffic control building. Everything you need to know about flying to Placencia, including contact information for local airlines and pricing is available when you click here.


Bordered by the Caribbean to the east, Placencia is one of the best locations in Belize for sailing enthusiasts. In fact, just off the coast on Placencia is a full service yacht club and marina featuring 50 slips, potable water, electrical hook ups, garbage disposal, and more for anywhere between $0.50 and $2(USD) per foot per day.

Find out more about sailing to Placencia, including details about hosted excursions and charter companies here.


The official port of call for every cruise ship that sails to Belize is in Belize City, which is quite a distance from Placencia for those who will potentially only be able to stay for a few hours. Still, it is possible to make the journey if your heart is set on seeing Placencia as part of your tour of the Caribbean.


From the border of the United States and Mexico, it will take one full day of traveling without stops to reach the border of Belize. When you arrive, you'll need to present not only your passport to gain entry to the country, but proof of the vehicle's ownership (or a rental agreement if you're renting) as well. Then you'll need to register your vehicle in your passport and purchase Belize Liability Insurance and a one month importation permit. If you plan to stay longer than one month, you'll need to stop at the Customs Department in Belize City to request an extension on your permit.

Once you've been granted permission to enter the country, you can get to Placencia by taking the Western Highway to Belmopan where you will connect to the Hummingbird Highway and go south. Right before Dangriga, you'll continue on to the Southern Highway towards Placencia for another 23 miles. In total, the trip from the border will take about three to three-and-a-half hours.

Rental Cars

... explore the countryside...


The intimate size of Placencia gives tourists a few rental options to choose from. Renting a car for between $60 and $140(USD) a day is an option, and a good choice if you want to leave town on occasion to explore the countryside. Most people, however, choose to rent a golf cart. They cost about $65(USD) a day for a four-seater, and a little more if you need one that seats six. These will get you around town with no problem, and they allow you remain outside and take in as much of the fresh seaside air as possible. For more details about renting and driving in Placencia, click here. Hotels and resorts here are quite spread out, with few other services or businesses. More or less anchoring the center of the peninsula is the tiny Garífuna village of Seine Bight. Just to the north and south of Seine Bight village are several other isolated resorts. Down at the southern end of the peninsula is Placencia itself.


Due to its unique location on the bottom of a thin cay stretching from the mainland, taxis are not generally considered the best way to reach Placencia, especially if you are coming from Belize City. However taxi companies do exist, and can be great for traveling around the immediate area, of out into the rest of Belize if you wish. Click here to find out more.


In Belize the bus system operates between cities rather than within them. This allows tourists and locals to travel from one town to the next at a very small cost. The trade off is that most of the buses are not air conditioned and they are almost always very crowded, so things can get hot and cramped very easily.

Placencia connects with Dangriga every day at 5:30 a.m., 6:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. for $5(USD) per person, and continues on to Belmopan, San Ignacio, then finally Belize City. The trip to Dangriga takes two hours, then another two hours will get you to Belize City.


Because Placencia is isolated on the bottom portion of Belize, land travel can be time consuming and expensive. Ferry service, while slower than air travel, is a great and cost-effective way to glide along the coast of Belize to areas like Dangriga and Belize City. Click here to learn more about Placencia's ferries.

The earlier you start the planning process, the less stressful it will be to get everything in order. Choosing how you'll travel may be the easiest decision you'll have to make, yet knowing your options and learning what makes the most sense for your trip can only help to make things easier.


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