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Peaceful Placencia

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A January 2004 trip to Placencia by lcampbell

Placencia dock Photo, Placencia, Belize More Photos
Quote: Visiting Placencia is like going to an offshore caye without leaving mainland Belize. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere, combined with miles of white sand and plenty of activities, make this a great vacation destination. This is a place I would definitely return to over and over again.

Peaceful Placencia

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Overview

Placencia dock Photo, Placencia, Belize
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The village of Placencia is located at the far south end of a 13 mile white sand peninsula in southern Belize. Originally a fishing village only accessible by boat, Placencia got its start in tourism around 25 years ago. Since then, a road was built all the way down the peninsula, and tourism has become the primary income source for residents. One of the owners of the guesthouse I stayed in told me that about 15% of visitors to Belize come to Placencia, with the majority going to Ambergis Caye and Caye Caulker. But unlike the shores of the cayes, which are dominated by mangroves, Placencia has miles and miles of sandy beach, a rarity in Belize. There is a definite laid-back Caribbean ...Read More

Deb and Dave's Last Resort

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Hotel

Deb and Dave's Last Resort Photo, Placencia, Belize
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Our Room: Room #2. Our small but tidy room was very comfortable. There was a double bed, two benches for our things, and a ceiling fan. The ceiling fan did make an annoying noise sometimes – turning it off and back on sometimes fixed the problem, but sometimes did not. On the upside, the fan control was by the headboard, so it was easy to fiddle with from bed. There were about 10 books left by Deb or previous travelers. We were told to take or trade as we wished. Towels provided. Private or Shared Bath? Shared. There are two toilets, one sink, and one shower. These are shared by all four rooms. The bathroom is very nice and is cleaned daily. The water i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 12, 2004

Deb and Dave's Last Resort

Placencia, Belize
(501) 523-3207

Nite Wind Tours Snorkeling

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Attraction | "Snorkel Fun"

Nite Wind Tours Snorkeling Photo, Placencia, Belize
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The barrier reef off the coast of Belize is said to be the second largest barrier reef in the world, the largest being the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. So of course snorkeling was one of our high priority activity goals while visiting Placencia. As you walk through Placencia, you will see that there is no shortage of small companies offering snorkel trips, as well as other trips. There are licensed and unlicensed guides, so make sure to check at the Tourist Office by the dock to find out which guides are licensed. The prices are generally the same, with no more than a US$5 difference between companies. We chose to go with Nite Wind Tours (phone 501-522-3176, fax 501-522-3487), lo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 27, 2004

Nite Wind Tours Snorkeling
Placencia Dock
Placencia, Belize
+501 522-3176

Kayak Placencia

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Attraction

Kayak Placencia Photo, Placencia, Belize
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We had originally planned to do a three day, two night unguided overnight camping/kayak trip with a company in Placencia. Unfortunately the owner of the company had taken ill and the company was no longer operating. Other options were too expensive or required advance reservations, so we decided to be happy with a day trip. Then, of course, we had bad weather on and off almost our entire time in Placencia. We did fit in a half-day of kayaking, though, during a sunny period on our anniversary. There are two main options for kayaking in Placencia – you can head out to sea, or you can head into the lagoon. Given the unpredictable weather at the time, we chose to pl...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 27, 2004

Kayak Placencia
15 Back Street San Ignacio
Placencia, Belize
011 (501) 602-8597

Placencia Palate

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Story/Tip

Local music Photo, Placencia, Belize
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All of the food that we ate in Placencia was somewhat unremarkable. We never did find anywhere that we considered excellent. Most of the food was either very bland or very salty. We were trying to stick to a modest budget, so we mostly ate at the least expensive places, which may explain our lack of rave-worthy food. Here are the places that we tried: BJs: Inexpensive with a large variety. Dan had the large chicken dinner, with rice and beans and coleslaw, which he said was decent and filling, but salty – the price was US$5. I had the veggie burrito for US$2.50, which was average. Other choices included a daily special (typically rice, beans, and meat) for US$3 or $4 for lu...Read More