Placencia, Belize: Lovely, Charming Beach Village with PLENTY Going ON

Why oh why did it take me over 6 years to visit Placencia?  It is SO easy to see in only a few days why so many people are in love with this area.  Tiny, friendly, great food, fanatastic bars, amazing wildlife, an endless beach, a real feel of community and a real love of its history as a fishing village…and it’s not just history.  Placencia, in many ways, still feels like a fishing village.  They’ve just grown into so much more…

And I absolutely LOVE that I feel like I am on vacation, in a totally different world, less than 100 miles away from San Pedro.  It’s one of the coolest things about Belize.

I’m a sucker for a cute kid.

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Here is a good map of the immediate area.  The town is all the way at the end.  I am now “above the airstrip” at The Inn At Robert’s Grove…near Seine Bight Village.  And feeling pretty lucky about that too.

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I have LOTS of pictures of Placencia and I did LOTS of fantastic eating.  Here are some things that I saw over the past few days…

The tiny village of Placencia oozes Belizean charm…that’s the only way to say it.  And I extended my stay just one more night because…well…I’m loving it.

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Best coffee in Belize.  SERIOUSLY good.IMG_2232

Barefoot Bar.IMG_2256 IMG_2261 A FANTASTIC artist named Lola who is quite famous here.  Her work…I love it.IMG_2275 The famous sidewalk…that was the main thoroughfare for pedestrians.  Right through the sand.IMG_2267There is no ugly neon or flashing signs.  Just pastel cuteness.

IMG_2241 IMG_2283Anyone remember the SNL skit with John Mahlkovich – driftwood sculptor?  This guy makes some gorgeous stuff.  I had a seat with him for a while.

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IMG_2273Okay…not all technically cuteness.  But this is funny to me.IMG_2211 Very pretty beach…the reef is quite far off shore.IMG_2253Love all the street names.  Some more than others…
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Placencia, to me, feels like a real vacation from my home in San Pedro…VERY different to Ambergris Caye.  I feel more like I am in the Bay Islands of Honduras than Ambergris Caye…both the people and the look of the place.   Much more Guanaja (aka The Prettiest Place I’ve Ever Seen) than San Pedro.   I’ll tell you about all those differences in another post this week.

Have a great day!

 






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  • Steve Parks

    great work Thanks guess I must go South young man
    Road Trip!!!

  • Belize Blog

    You must go South. I am ashamed of myself!

  • Jesse

    Been many years since I visited. Usta spend lots of time loving it there. Time to revisit!
    Jesse

    • Belize Blog

      Was that “pre-road”? It’s definitely time to revisit Jesse.

  • TarheelBornGal

    My very favorite place in Belize! Thanks for the memories…miss it.

    • Belize Blog

      It’s stunning how different the Creole vs. the Spanish/San Pedrano culture is…I had no idea. Even the language is different!

  • Erik Terdal

    I love the Placencia peninsula and happy to finally got down there.

    • Belize Blog

      I’m happy I’m here too…loving it.

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  • Debbie Griffith

    it was better 6yrs ago,when most of the business was on the sidewalk. when i revisited last year,all the business had moved to the road.i nearly bought the blue lagoon apartments 6yr back.

    • Belize Blog

      There still were businesses on the sidewalk that I saw…the art store…Barefoot Bar…but I wasn’t here 6 years ago! It’s a lovely place.

      • Belize Blog

        Also, I hear it was quite hellish for residents getting on and off the peninsula with the road so bad in the rainy season…this progress seems like a good thing!

  • Distantdoc

    Great pics.

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