Where is Placencia Belize?

Where is Placencia Belize

Placencia on the Belize Map

Placencia is a small peninsula measuring about 1 mile across and 16 miles north and south attached to the southeastern corner of Stann Creek District in southeastern Belize. Placencia is approximately 160 miles (by land) south of Belize City and 33 miles south of Dangriga, the capital of Stann Creek District.

Placencia Peninsula

Due to its unique geography, the Placencia Peninsula offers visitors two very different terrains. On the landward side, the peninsula is bordered by several mangrove-lined lagoons, known for their rich abundance of fishing opportunities. The seaward side fronts the Caribbean and offers spectacular vistas and easy access to the nearby Belize Barrier Reef. The beaches of Placencia Peninsula are renowned for their pristine beauty.

Placencia Village

Located at the southern part of the peninsula where it joins the mainland, the small village of Placencia is still primarily a fishing-oriented community. With the advent of tourism into the area, the village is now home to ATMs, restaurants, cafes, luxury resorts, and dive shops.

Placencia Belize Weather

Like the rest of Belize, the Placencia Peninsula enjoys warm temperatures all year-round. The green season runs approximately from May to November, with heavier rains usually found in September and October. Daytime temps average between about 70F (21C) to 83F (28C) and nights range from about 70F (20C) to 77F (25C).

Placencia on the Belize Map (see photo above)

If you look at southeastern Belize and can find the Stann Creek District, it is very easy to spot the Placencia Peninsula. Shaped roughly like a boot with the toe pointing towards the mainland, the peninsula is at the very bottom of Stann Creek District right where it meets Toledo District.

Where to stay in Placencia Belize

Due to its beautiful beaches and fantastic views of the Caribbean, the peninsula has become a growing tourist hotspot. One of the finest resorts on the peninsula is Chabil Mar, which offers guests modern luxury in fully-equipped villas just a few minutes’ beach stroll from Placencia Village.

With close access to some of the finest attractions on the mainland like the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and just minutes away from some of the most beautiful parts of the Belize Barrier Reef, the Placencia Peninsula has become a popular destination in recent years. When not exploring the mainland or the offshore reefs, visitors can relax on one of the many fine beaches, learn more about the Garifuna culture, or pass the time away in one of the bars and restaurants on the peninsula.

Visit our website chabilmarvillas.com for more information on Placencia, and don’t hesitate to send us an email, or call US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-417-2377, Local: (011-501) 523-3606, if you have questions or need help in planning a Placencia Belize vacation.

 

Belize Chocolate Company Wins Big at the International Chocolate Awards

The Belize Chocolate Company was recently awarded the silver medal at the International Chocolate Awards in Hoboken, New Jersey, beating out more than 800 entries submitted by 130 companies from around the world to clinch a stunning second-place finish.

Formed in 2007, the Belize Chocolate Company is a family-owned craft bean-to-bar gourmet chocolatier that uses ingredients entirely sourced from Belize, including organic cacao beans grown in Toledo District and pure sugarcane grown and processed in Orange Walk District. Currently, the only place to buy or sample products from the Belize Chocolate Company is from one of their stores on the islands of Caye Caulker or Ambergris Caye.

All of the Belize Chocolate Factory’s products are organic, fair trade or direct trade certified and made by hand at their processing facility in San Pedro. Owned and operated by a local family, the Belize Chocolate Factory works directly with local farmers. The Belize Chocolate Family personally selects the cacao nibs, roasts them according to a proprietary recipe to make chocolate bars, chocolate syrup, chocolate-coated truffles, cocoa butter, and other luxury chocolate treats. They also hold chocolate-making classes at their facility in San Pedro.

Cacao beans and products made from them, including rich chocolate drinks, have been a mainstay of the Maya culture for more than 5,000 years. The center for modern Belize chocolate making is in Toledo District where the rich mineral soils are ideal for growing cacao that is used by famed chocolatiers like Maya Gold and the Belize Chocolate Company.

One of the most popular chocolate festivals in the world is held every May in the southern Belizean town of Punta Gorda in Toledo District. Featuring a range of delicious chocolate treats as well as unusual delicacies like chocolate wine and chocolate beer, the Belize Chocolate Festival is a great opportunity for chocolate lovers to sample concoctions both ancient and modern from some of the finest chocolatiers in the country, including the Belize Chocolate Company.

If you’re interested in sampling some of the incredibly delicious chocolate made in Belize, you can stay at the Chabil Mar Resort. A perennial TripAdvisor favorite, Chabil Mar is a luxury beachfront resort with two freshwater infinity swimming pools, a gourmet restaurant, a lush tropical garden, and 22 elegant villas.

Chabil Mar is close to all of the top attractions in the country and regularly organizes tours to visit traditional Maya villages and cacao farms.

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Belize’s Mennonites Featured in the New York Times

In a recent special feature in their “The Look” section, the New York Times documented the Mennonite community in Belize with a series of photographs and in-depth interviews. According to the New York Times, the Mennonite community is based entirely on their Christian faith, which includes strict commandments to keep the affairs of the state separate from those of faith.

The Mennonites are often confused with the Amish as both faiths have conservative wings that largely eschew modern technology. But while the Amish are largely found in the United States, the majority of the more than one million Mennonites around the world live in tight-knit communities in countries like Paraguay, India, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Belize.

The New York Times article tracks the first Mennonites of Belize from their origins in Russia to their numerous escapes from the intolerant governments of Poland, Canada, and later Mexico. But once in Belize, the Mennonites liked what they saw, including legal exemption from mandatory military service and the ability to create parochial schools with instruction in their native language: a variant of German called Plautdietsch.

The expose and photographs published in the New York Times compares and contrasts the Mennonite’s philosophy about integration with the modern world. On one hand, they are largely restricted to conservative forms of dress, but savvy Mennonite businessmen use computers and smartphones to help sell their products while cruising down the road in a horse and buggy. But their choice to use older forms of transportation is more about keeping their communities close-knit than any belief in the inherent evils of modern technology.

One interesting fact not mentioned by the New York Times is that 2018 is when the Mennonite community is marking the 50th anniversary of their arrival to the then-British colony. After facing persecution in Mexico, the community emigrated to the village of Spanish Lookout in what is now Cayo District, attracted both by the welcoming atmosphere as well as the abundance of fertile farmland.

Today, the Mennonites in Belize are largely known for their cattle ranching and dairy production, and Mennonite cheese, butter, beef, and other products can be found on supermarket shelves all across the country. It is estimated that approximately 11,000 people in Belize are active members of the Mennonite community.

Chabil Mar resort in Placencia Belize offers jungle and beach vacation packages that include cultural trips to indigenous communities across the country, including tours of Mennonite villages.

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Alyssa Faux, Placencia’s Queen of the Bay 2018

On September 10, 2018, on the occasion of The Battle of St. George’s Caye Daye, the main pier at Placencia was where the new Placencia Queen of the Bay was formally crowned. Alyssa Faux had already been previously chosen as the 2018-2019 Placencia Queen of the Bay, but her formal coronation marked the beginning of the peninsula’s annual parade and holiday celebrations.

Faux was crowned at 10:00 AM as large crowds of locals and visitors alike gathered to enjoy refreshments and get psyched up for the holiday celebrations. Following her coronation, Faux lead a roundtrip parade to Atlantic Bank before returning to Placencia for a high-energy “jump up” party. Attendees thronged the streets, waving Belizean flags. And there were many in the crowd with painted faces as well as bicycles and golf carts all proudly decorated with the red, white, and blue national colors.

See Also: What You Need to Know About Belize’s September Celebrations

“We congratulate Alyssa Faux and wish her all the best as she represents Placencia this year,” said Larry France, marketing manager of Chabil Mar. “Her coronation was an excellent start for a fun-filled day of celebrations on The Battle of St. George’s Caye Day that we shared with our friends, families, and guests.”

On September 10, 1798, a small English naval force defeated the Spanish navy in the waters just off St. George’s Caye Day just a few miles from Belize City, a pivotal moment in history that led Belize to become a British colony and the reason why it is the only English-speaking country in Central America.

In modern times, the Battle of St. George’s Caye Day kicks off a series of patriotic celebrations in every town and village across Belize that culminate on September 21, Independence Day, which marks the occasion in 1981 when Belize gained full sovereignty from Great Britain. The Placencia Peninsula will be holding several events in September, including a two-day fishing tournament on September 21-22.

For information about visiting Belize in September, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: concierge@chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at: reservations@chabilmarvillas.com. Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

Sun Country Airlines Announces New Nonstop Service to Belize

Low-cost airline Sun Country has just announced that it will be offering non-stop service to Belize City (code: BZE) from its hub in Minneapolis-St. Paul (code: MSP) throughout the upcoming 2018/19 winter season. Sun Country is a leading low-cost airline in the Upper Midwest that flies to warm-weather destinations across Central America and the Caribbean.

Beginning on December 22, 2018, and continuing every Saturday throughout the winter season until April 20, 2018, Sun Country will be flying non-stop from Minneapolis to Belize City. The new route will make Minneapolis the 10th city in the United States with non-stop service to Belize along with cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Newark, Dallas, Houston, and Ft. Lauderdale.

The four biggest airlines in America, Southwest, United, Delta, and American Airlines, all fly non-stop to Belize, and WestJet and Air Canada fly non-stop to Belize from Calgary and Toronto, making it easier than ever for people in North America to escape the cold and enjoy a wonderful vacation in sunny Belize.


                                      See also: Enjoy a Video Tour of Your Belize Vacation in Beautiful Placencia


Belize is a former British colony and the only nation in Central America where English is the official language, making it easy for visitors to get around and talk to locals. Belize is a leading eco-tourism destination where visitors can enjoy activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, cave tubing, zip lining, horseback riding, and bird watching all year round.

“Along with recent announcements from COPA Airlines, Aeromexico, and WestJet about new flights to Belize, we are thrilled to hear that Sun Country will also now be flying to Belize,” said Larry France, the marketing manager of Chabil Mar Resort. “Located right on the beach, Chabil Mar is the ideal place for visitors from North America to warm up and enjoy some fun in the sun.”

If you’re planning on taking advantage of the new Sun Country flights to Belize, be sure to stay at Chabil Mar, a multiple award-winning resort located just steps from the beach on the Placencia Peninsula. Offering world-class customer service, Chabil Mar is perfectly positioned close to top attractions in the country, including the lively Placencia Sidewalk Arts Festival, scuba diving and snorkeling on the Belize Barrier Reef, ancient Maya cities, and the pristine vastness of the Cockscomb Basin Wilderness Sanctuary, home to the world’s only jaguar conservation project.

Chabil Mar is a boutique resort with authentic Belizean roots. In the Mayan tongue, “Chabil Mar” means “Beautiful Sea,” an apt description for the shimmering waters of the Caribbean that lie steps from the resort’s lush tropical garden and two freshwater infinity swimming pools.

For more information about visiting Belize, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: concierge@chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at: reservations@chabilmarvillas.com. Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.