Placencia town is a gorgeous peninsula in southern Belize. With it's 16 miles of sandy beaches, it is a traveler's paradise. The Caribbean sea is to the east and the Placencia lagoon is to the west, overlooking the Maya mountains and beautiful sunsets. The water in Placencia is clean and clear with gentle sea breezes.
Below the surface whether by snorkel or scuba, divers will discover forests of coral and schools of colorful fish including the biggest of them all, the majestic whale shark. Fly fishers look for the picky permit in search of a Grand Slam while hardly kayakers paddle from one postcard island to the next.
The Placencia area is rapidly becoming a popular diving spot. Here dive sites are pristine because they have had less of an impact from boats and divers. The Belize Barrier Reef separates further from the coast as you move south, resulting in large patches of coral separated by channels dropping to over 80 feet deep and forming walls. This provides shallow sites for snorkelers, while allowing divers' access to deeper waters nearby. The inner reef is best for seeing juvenile fish and crabs, where the outer reef is best for seeing eels, lobsters, manta rays and turtles. There are many islands off the Placencia coast that make for exotic day trips and romantic overnights.
The town of Placencia is essentially divided into two parts: south and north of the airstrip. 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, guest houses, taxi and bus station, banks and local restaurants. The Maya ruins of Nim Li Punit and Lubantuum, as well as the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve are just a day trip away from Placencia.
Placencia is now one of the country’s main tourist destinations for locals and travelers alike. Belizeans from across the country visit Placencia on local holidays. Belize Underwater has partnered with Belize Ocean Club Resort to exclusively offer packages for accommodation and SCUBA all in one.
Contact our Placencia office directly: +501.671.4308