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Placencia Beach

Discover the Belize whale shark on a diving trip from one of the cays and islands near this sandy beach. Enjoy its restaurants and cafés too.

Placencia Beach is a long stretch of sand and dense mangrove along the eastern side of a peninsula. The former fishing village is now an international destination due to the popularity of its 12 miles (19 kilometers) of sand and sea. Take a relaxing walk along the sand and select from the range of bars and restaurants facing the Caribbean Sea to have a refreshing cocktail or meal.

This region is far busier than its northern counterpart of Maya Beach. Explore the many coffee shops, Internet cafés and restaurants that bring Placencia into the 21st century. Chat to local residents, who are renowned for their friendly and helpful manner. 

Visit the many resorts along the coast that offer a variety of watersports activities. Arrange a scuba diving trip to explore the world-famous coral reef networks of Belize. Some operators will take you swimming alongside the Belize whale shark. Go snorkeling to get a glimpse of the colorful fish and the fascinating underwater world in this tropical region. Take a boat out to one of the stunning cays of the Caribbean Sea, such as Laughing Bird Caye National Park or Placencia Caye. 

Relax on the hammocks of one of the cays and cool off under the shade of a palm tree. Go camping for the night here or rent a large catamaran for a multi-day sailing adventure. Explore some of the many islands just off the coast, where couples often enjoy romantic trips and honeymoons. Walk out into the sea from Placencia Beach and look at the fish swimming around your feet. The water, which is clear and warm, remains shallow for quite a distance.

Work up an appetite swimming in the sea and then head to one of the restaurants serving typical meals, such as stewed chicken, rice and beans.

Placencia Beach lies along the eastern coast of the southern section of the peninsula. It is just 2 miles (3 kilometers) south of the domestic Placencia Airport. The nearest major transportation hub is the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport, several hours away in northern Belize.


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Lodging Near Placencia Beach

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Sandy Feet

Sandy Feet

Placencia Side Walk, Placencia
2.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Placencia vacation home is just steps from Jaguar Bowling Lanes and Placencia Beach.

Serenade Hotel

Serenade Hotel

42 Hulse Street, Placencia
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated on the boardwalk, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Placencia Beach and Jaguar Bowling Lanes. Maya Beach is 8.4 mi (13.6 km) away.

Modern Condo Near Beach, Shopping, Water Sports, & More. Walk Everywhere!

Modern Condo Near Beach, Shopping, Water Sports, & More. Walk Everywhere!

Placencia Side Walk (16.520520,, Placencia
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the waterfront, this apartment building is steps from Placencia Beach and Jaguar Bowling Lanes.

Cozy, Oceanside Studio w/ Beautiful Views - Walk to Shopping & Dining!

Cozy, Oceanside Studio w/ Beautiful Views - Walk to Shopping & Dining!

Placencia Side Walk (16.520520,, Placencia
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the waterfront, this property is steps from Placencia Beach and Jaguar Bowling Lanes.

The Ellysian

The Ellysian

#1 Williams Drive, Placencia
4.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Placencia hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jaguar Bowling Lanes and Placencia Beach. Maya Beach is 8.1 mi (13 km) away.

Miramar Suite

Miramar Suite

Placencia Side Walk, Placencia
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Placencia, this beach vacation home is steps from Placencia Beach and Jaguar Bowling Lanes.

Chabil Mar

Chabil Mar

2284 Placencia Peninsula Road, Placencia
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Placencia, this beachfront condo resort is in the historical district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Jaguar Bowling Lanes and Placencia Beach. Maya Beach is 7.3 mi (11.8 km) away.

Four Private, Beachfront Condos Right in Town - Great for Group Trips & Families

Four Private, Beachfront Condos Right in Town - Great for Group Trips & Families

Placencia Side Walk (16.520520,, Placencia
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the waterfront, this vacation home is steps from Placencia Beach and Jaguar Bowling Lanes.