Fall in Love with Belize’s Placencia Peninsula

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Is it possible to fall madly in love with an entire peninsula? The answer is yes–if that finger of land is named Placencia. Mother Nature must have loved her handiwork when she finished this gorgeous sliver of land because she included every sort of topography a visitor could desire: 16 miles of sandy beach, mountains that hug the horizon, a tranquil lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. The area’s first settlers and descendants have nurtured this land over time by putting down deep roots so the peninsula is a perfectly-balanced mix of tropical green space, natural wonders and enough bistros, guest houses, luxury resorts and other amenities to satisfy anyone in search of a paradise.

The Placencia Peninsula

Feel free to circumnavigate the entire peninsula riding a beach cruiser bike because a car isn’t necessary to take in every inch of scenery. Visit the Garifuna Village in Seine Bight if you’re traveling from north to south. This cultural enclave is filled with color, music, food and fun courtesy of a distinct lifestyle established by residents whose ancestors settled here so long ago.

In close proximity to Belize’s acclaimed barrier reef, Garifuna Village is just the first stop on a journey to more populated areas further down the coast where sports enthusiasts can use the coastline as a jumping off point for kayaking, snorkeling, saltwater fly fishing, diving and other aquatic fun. No matter what your itinerary may include, you’ll find so many guides, dive shops and other commercial enterprises on the Placencia Peninsula, all you need do is pack shorts and leave the work of organizing your gear to everyone else!

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The wonder of Placencia Village

Founding fathers made it easy to remember the name of what might be called “the capitol” of Placencia Peninsula: Placencia Village. Located at the south tip of the isthmus, it’s so perfectly designed for fun in the sun, the area lacks for nothing. Indulge your sensibilities with rainforest hikes, mountain trails, Mayan ruins, the Belize Barrier Reef and deserted atolls perfect for exploring.

Placencia offers fast access to protected spots like Laughing Bird Caye, Gladden Spit, Monkey River, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and cave tubing opportunities, yet the village is a perennially popular social hub known for island cooking that ranges from local fare to gourmet delights. Shop ‘til you drop. Load up on Belize’s signature chocolates, wines and beers. It’s not unusual for visitors to say that they spent a week in Placencia Village and plan to return because they missed so much!

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Where to stay in Placencia Belize: Chabil Mar Resort

 Lodging at a beautifully situated resort elevates a good vacation to a perfect one, and if the folks at Chabil Mar Resort have anything to say about your experience, it’s a promise kept. One frequent guest said: “I only gave Chabil Mar 5 stars because 6 weren’t available!” What prompts such remarks? An experience that includes 400-feet of private beach, 19 fully-appointed luxury villas, a world-class gourmet restaurant–and every single suite offers complete privacy and a spectacular view of the turquoise Caribbean Sea.

Spread out and relax in a 1,000 sq. ft. suite or book everything from tours to golf carts if Chabil Mar’s sea-facing infinity pools aren’t of interest. Roam tropical gardens and enjoy award-winning service that consistently wins awards from travel experts that range from Fodor’s to TripAdvisor. There’s a reason Chabil Mar is consistently on “Best Luxury Hotels in Central America for Luxury and Service” lists!

Some say that visiting Placencia Peninsula is no ordinary vacation, a sentiment echoed by Chabil Mar guests. Visit the website https://chabilmarvillas.com/ for a taste of what you can expect from the moment you wiggle your toes in the sand upon your arrival. And feel free to bring home some sand in your shoes as a reminder that paradise, in the form of Placencia Peninsula and Chabil Mar, really does exist.




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