Placencia sits at the very tip of the narrow Peninsula in southern Belize. As a result, it feels more like an island. It’s just a few minutes walk from the lagoon side to the open Caribbean. The entire peninsula can be easily navigated on a beach cruiser bike.
The busy part of Placencia lies in the south where the visitor will find the greater concentration of coffee shops, bistros, internet cafes, the harbor, taxi, banks and local restaurants. Before tourism arrived, Placencia was a quiet fishing village with a narrow meandering sidewalk that served as its main –and only-street. Today this growing community retains its traditional “barefoot perfect” charm (and sidewalk) while offering first class amenities and activities. It’s an ideal base for amazing diving and snorkeling – including our famous whale sharks, as well as world class fly fishing and trolling.
What to do in Placencia
*Famous!* Cockscomb Tour – (inland) Go tubing down the South Stann Creek river and go on a trail hike to a beautiful waterfall!
Monkey River – (inland) Take a 45 minute boat ride to the Monkey River and go bird watching, on a trail walk , swimming in the river, and have lunch in Monkey River Village.
Maya Ruins – (inland) Visit one of Belize's many Mayan ruins! Length of drive ranges from 2–1/2 hours to 5 hours depending on the location of the ruin.
Cave Tubing / Waterfalls – (inland) Visit one of Belize's many waterfalls, float down a jungle river and ride through a hidden cave on an inner tube!
Snorkeling / Scuba Diving – Visit Belize's famous Barrier Reef, snorkel the various inner and outer reefs and explore private islands!
Sailing Tours - Placencia is just minutes away from hurndreds of small islands, the locals call "Cayes". Why not take the go slow way of placencia and enjoy a sailing trip to one of these island or relax on a sunset cruise.
Private Fishing / Snorkeling Day Trip – Your own private captain combines a day of fishing, snorkeling, and a BBQ lunch on one of our beautiful islands
Fishing/Spin Casting – Go trolling for fish on Belize's barrier reef, or seek the elusive bonefish in Belize's mangrove flats!
How to get to Placencia Village
The most convenient way to get to Placencia, is to take a 45 minute local flight from Belize City or the International Airport. After arriving at the Placencia Airstrip, you can take a taxi into the Village, your driver will assist you in location us. Another way is to rent a car and simply drive down to Placencia. Buses to Placencia from Belize City and Dangriga are also available.
Ranguana Lodge is an agent for Tropic Air (a local airline company), and we can arrange your flights for you.