Incredible Biodiversity! It is estimated that Belize has about 90 distinct types of ecosystems within its 9,000 square miles of tropical land.
The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System is just a swim away! It runs along entire coastline of Belize. The coral reef is the largest in the Western Hemisphere, the 2nd largest in the world. 90% of the reef is unexplored! It is a World Heritage Site (since 1996).
The Belize Barrier Reef is part of this larger system. In the northern part of Belize it is about 1000 feet offshore and in the southern part around Placencia it is approximately 25 miles off from the beach, still within the country limits. This is the place to snorkel and dive with whale sharks!
There are over 5000 species of plants and hundreds of species of animals including iguanas, jungle frogs, monkeys and manatees.
Things to do in Belize
See Mayan Ruins, put on your hiking shoes and explore the jungle! Go fishing, sailing, diving, snorkeling, and bird watching! If you love animals, drive over to the Belize Zoo which has 29 acres of natural habitat for native animals.
Check out a tropical forest at Cockscomb (off the Southern Highway near Placencia). The Cockscomb Basin area is about 39,000 acres and as one of the few areas where jaguars roam free, it has 1 jaguar per 2800 acres. The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary has several trails that wander through the tropical forest and up to waterfalls.
Belize treasures its beauty; there are many types of protected land that you can visit here: archeological reserves, marine reserves, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and more!
Placencia is the southernmost village in the only peninsula in Belize. We have a lagoon to the west and the crystal waters of the Caribbean Sea to the east. Placencia is a small community of about 800 people, located in Stann Creek District. We have clean drinking water and beautiful, clean swimming water!
White Sand Beaches, Restaurants, Dive Shops, Tour Groups, Kayak Rentals, and endless sunny days for sailing and snorkeling!
Each year Placencia celebrates Lobsterfest in June, the Arts Festival in spring and Easter week is also a big time here.
Stay in Placencia for the village charm of this Caribbean Paradise – take day trips to Mayan Ruins in Toledo, to the jungle at Cockscomb, to waterfalls and scenic hikes!
At the end of the day, after soaking up the sun, you may find that you need to take care of a few things (even in paradise!). Placencia has many resources including a health clinic, a vet for your pets, and an office supply store for your business needs. You will also find a café for the caffeine-afflicted, 4 banks and 3 24-hour ATMs. Several restaurants offer wireless access for patrons.