Popularized by top media publications like Vogue Magazine and the New York Times, savvy travelers have started to discover the eco-wonderland of the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize. A 16-mile north to south stretch of golden sands facing the sparkling waters of the Caribbean, Placencia is an idyllic vacation spot where “barefoot perfect” is the official motto.
At the southern tip of the peninsula is Placencia Village, the Guinness Book of World Record holder for the world’s smallest main street, a sidewalk measuring just four feet across that is a pedestrian-only zone of lovely cafes, small shops, restaurants, and dive outfits for trips out to the nearby Belize Barrier Reef.
The southern part of the Belize Barrier Reef immediately offshore from Placencia is a combination of marine nature reserves and national parks ideal for bird watching, beach barbecues, and playing castaway for a day. The tranquil lagoons and white sandy seafloor are heaven for snorkelers and scuba divers who come to marvel at the rainbow of anemones, glinting schools of fish, dolphins, sting rays, and even whale sharks that are found in the waters of the Belize Barrier Reef.
Not to be outdone, the mainland near Placencia includes the enormous Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve, home to some of Central America’s last remaining jaguars, boat safaris along the well-named Monkey River, and explorations of ancient Maya sacred caves and enormous cities that still dominate the landscape.
Placencia is known for its vibe just as much as its natural beauty. One of the top events of the year is the annual Lobsterfest in June where cooks compete to create the tastiest and most innovative dishes featuring the world’s most popular crustacean. Games, artwork, handicrafts, and lots of live music ensure that there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Lobsterfest.
Chabil Mar is a multiple award-winning resort located on the Placencia Peninsula just a few minutes’ walk from Placencia Village. With a lush tropical garden, luxuriously equipped villas, and a gourmet restaurant offering open-air dining on the resort’s sea pier, Chabil Mar is the ideal place to enjoy a wonderful vacation in Placencia, Belize.
Chabil Mar offers tours to all of the top destinations in and around Placencia, including diving and snorkeling with whale sharks, boat trips on the Monkey River, hiking through the Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve, and trips to the top ancient Maya cities and sacred caves.
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