Placencia Offers a Little Something For Everyone
There are vacation destinations that exist because they’re overflowing with landmarks and museums of historical importance, and then there are destinations that are all about giving you a chance to relax and immerse yourself in local culture. Belize falls into the latter category, and there’s no region that better personifies that chill and casual personality than Placencia.
It’s the humility of Placencia that makes it such a popular destination for locals, tourists, and expats alike. That’s because it’s not a place where you just check off a list of things to see and do. It’s a place you go to live your life at a different pace. You won’t find a friendlier group of people than those who live in Placencia, and despite being named “the pleasant place” by Spanish conquerors and a recent rise in awareness from visiting tourists, the pace of life in Placencia Village is still slow and steady. Most of the residents continue to live the humble lives of fishermen. And while there are now a few resorts and nice hotels in the area, this is still a placid region through and through.
It’s certainly a nice change of pace from areas like Ambergris Caye that have become overrun by sprawling resorts and tourists pouring in by the boatload. While you’re likely to see some other visitors during your time in Placencia, you’ll have a refreshing amount of time to spend away from the tourist scene, browsing local markets, exploring the surrounding countryside, and tasting delicious but simple local specialties like barbecue chicken.
The fortunes of Placencia’s residents are made on the sea, so it’s naturally easy to get out and explore the waters with this region as your starting point. Half-day and full-day boating expeditions launch from the small pier is a particularly beautiful and secluded worthy of your attention. But there are no lack of opportunities to go snorkeling, diving, or fishing from Placencia.
And it’s not like Placencia is completely behind the times. As tourists and expats have come to recognize the beauty of the region, local bars and restaurants have started to crop up in greater abundance. And the annual Lobsterfest event held in June every year is a major attraction that draws in both Belizeans from all over the country and visitors from far abroad.
If you’re coming to Belize, you owe it to yourself to visit Placencia, and if you’re going to stay in Placencia, there’s no better place to set up shop than Chabil Mar. It’s one of the most luxurious resorts in the region, and you can count on the staff to provide you with the ultimate Belizean experience you’ve been dreaming of.
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