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Whale Sharks, Beaches & Sport Fishing

Placencia is the primary beach destination on Belize's Caribbean Coast. The town is located at the end of a long, narrow peninsula that runs parallel to the mainland. Its original name, Punta Placentia, means Pleasant Point—a reference to its calm waters and mild weather.

Most visitors come to enjoy Placencia's beaches and nearby dive zones. Laughing Bird Caye National Park and South Water Caye Marine Reserve eleven miles offshore. The area's most famous dive site, the Gladden Spit, is prime whale shark habitat. These curious giants can be observed (usually on night dives) from March to May and between August and October.

Placencia town is tiny and relaxed: a collection of seafood restaurants and handicraft shops bordering a long central sidewalk. Our favorite resorts are located farther up the peninsula, where development thins and coastal vegetation thickens. Here you'll find long stretches of powdery beach—perfect for swimming, kayaking and sunbathing. Other activities include sailing, sport fishing and ultralight flights.

Farther inland, boat tours ply the Monkey River mangroves. Howler monkeys, crocodiles and colorful birds are common here, and manatees can sometimes be seen. For more serious wildlife viewing, privately-guided tours can be arranged to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. This mountainous forest area is home to jaguar, tapir, macaws and toucans. Guided tours are also available to the Maya sites at Nim Li Punit and Lubaantun.

Placencia can be reached in 35 minutes by air from Belize City. By land, Placencia can be reached in about four hours from Belize City or approximately three hours from San Ignacio.

Mosaico Travel Services arranges personalized travel in Placencia and throughout Belize. We organize luxury accommodation, private transportation, domestic flights, and tours with expert guides. Speak with a Mosaico travel planner today at 801.582.2100. We’ll take care of the details.

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