Placencia Peninsula




16 Miles of Heaven

Beach-lovers, rejoice — all 16 miles of beaches on this southern Belize peninsula seem as if they were plucked from heaven and adorned with all the earthly things vacationers enjoy.

Here, you’ll find a range of accommodation options, tons of dining and nightlife establishments, and views not only of the expansive Caribbean Sea, but also of the Placencia Lagoon, a protected bay on the western side of this strip of land.

If you seek a laid-back, fun vacation in the middle of one of the most beautiful countries in the world, you couldn’t choose a better place.

What to Do

As part of a major tourism area, the beaches on Placencia Peninsula cater to visitors by offering a range of activities, such as snorkeling, kayaking, diving and saltwater fly-fishing.

In the early summer months, gigantic whale sharks visit the island to spawn—book a tour if you’d like to snorkel among these gentle creatures.

The great thing about the peninsula is that you can enjoy the beaches from anywhere on the stretch. Just look for an area that suits your taste and set up shop.

Nearby Attractions

Be sure to take some time to explore the village of Placencia, which was founded by pirates and is located on the southernmost mile of the peninsula. Here you can browse the shops, try some local cuisine, or take a swig of Belikin, the country’s leading beer brand.

Make the most of your trip to this area and book an excursion to Mayflower Bocawina National Park, home to rainforest trails, waterfalls and Mayan ruins.

Placencia Peninsula at a Glance


Country or State:Belize

Length of Beach:16 miles

Access:By taxi, by car, on foot

Best time to visit:November to April (dry season)

High Season:November to April

Low Season:May to October


  • Restaurants and bars in Placencia Village
  • No lifeguards
  • Public restrooms

Beach Type:

  • Golden sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular