Our most beloved place in Belize is a a quaint little fishing village in the Stann Creek District. Placencia is located on the tip of a peninsula, harnessing the best aspects of the country with beautiful beaches, lagoon access, and is just a short ride away from parks like Mayan Sky Canopy Tour, Bocawina National Park, and Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary.
One of the best things about the village is you can stay in a luxury resort, reserve a private home, or rent a bunk in a hostel and scale your vacation to your lifestyle with daily workouts, nightly margaritas, or ice cream on the beach. We have laid out a wide variety of options for you to mix and match your perfect vacation before you hop on the plane.
We spent a lot of time here so if you need help booking a tour or getting connected with a Personal Trainer or Yoga Class, feel free to reach out!
Fly with Maya Island Air
This is the priciest but most convenient option. Flying directly from Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport to Placencia’s airstrip takes only about 25 minutes and avoids a long drive down the Hummingbird Highway. Most guests who fly in later in the day or plan to stay on the peninsula for their entire trip find this to be the most reasonable answer. (Approx. $75 USD)
Shuttle with William Belize Shuttle
If you prefer to experience the beauty of the Hummingbird Highway but don’t need a car for the week, the crew at William Belize Shuttle will guarentee you and your family arrive safely in the village for an affordable cost.
Rent a car from Crystal Auto Rental
There’s not another company in the country that I have heard such positive reviews from, Crystal provides reliable cars that get you anywhere you need to go. Whether you need a Jeep for the highways or a 4×4 truck for getting off in the sticks, they will assure your ride is safe and clean.
Take the bus and the Hokey Pokey
The cheapest way to get around the country is by bus. There are routes from Belize City to Placencia that stop in several towns along the way. From the airport you will call Myron the taxi man (604-4465) and he will get you to the bus, a stop in Belmopan might require a connection, and from there you’ll take the James Bus Line to Independence. A short cab ride to the Hokey Pokey Boat Dock will cost just a few dollars and a boat ride alog the lagoon will save you a long bus ride down the Peninsula.
Rent a Townhome on the Canal
Nestled on the point in between the Bay of Placencia and the lagoon, Unit 7 at the Placencia Pointe Townhomes offers a view of both the Mountains of Stann Creek and the beauty of the ocean. The units are on a private section across the canal so Edwin, the caretaker will bring you back and forth throughout the day. A private pool sits in the middle of the grounds, boat dock on the end, and protected mangroves sit behind the buildings.
The 2 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath has a full kitchen, rooftop palapa, and patios on each of the first two floors. The building holds two units, sharing the rooftop with private areas on each side. The village is close enough to walk but far enough to keep the neighborhood quiet. The video above captures the property and it’s surroundings.
Stay in a cabana on the beach
Tradewinds is a quaint handful of cabanas that are tucked in between the main strip of beach and the Placencia Municipal Pier. Ocean breezes from the front porch and spacious rooms make this $79/night deal one of the best places to stay on the entire peninsula.
Stay at a fun waterfront resort
Sail Fish offers an affordable range of rooms from a hostel-style dorm room with bunk beds ($20USD/night) to a Suite that sleeps 4 ($119USD/night). This is located just down from Placencia Pointe Townhomes so it makes for a great place for additional lodging when booking out for larger groups.
The best restaurant on the Peninsula
World Famous Rick’s Cafe brings together a handful of international cuisines from Rick’s experiences around the world. When family comes in town we find ourselves eating pizza (or Sushi…shh) on the quaint little porch just off the sidewalk. Gourment pasta dishes, handmade pizza, and sandwiches that leave you coming back for lunch AND dinner make this a must-eat! Look for great specials on the chalkboard and Sweetie (Rick’s Queen) on the porch and make sure to get there early becuase it will fill up.
Real Belizean Fast Food
You can find us most mornings at Carmen’s eating breakfast burritos and the best watermelon juice on the peninsula. Located just across from the gas station, this is our go-to spot for Garnaches, Tostadas, Stuff Jacks, Tacos, or any other creation that she feels like whipping up that day. “I make the juice so it tastes like the fruit, not adding a bunch of sugar to cover up the real flavor. Sometimes it is sweeter than others but it is always 100% juice.”
Traditional Belizean BBQ
Located in the heart of the village across from Wallen’s Hardware, Mr. Q’s makes his fresh BBQ Chicken every afternoon and serves it up with Traditional Rice and Beans, Cole Slaw, and (for a bit extra) a stack of fresh handmade flour tortillas. His Bitters are a village secret, a large bottle on the bar hold some of Belize’s most powerful healing herbs soaked in rum that is traditionally used as a cleansing “purge” or natural detoxification.
Yucatan Taco Shop