|Placencia -"Barefoot Perfect" - Belize|
Recently GQ Magazine called Placencia Village "a quaint town that seems to have forgotten about mass tourism."
Learn about Placencia Peninsula and Placencia Village Location and Amenities
The Placencia Peninsula is a 18 mile long area and includes islands (cayes, pr: keys). Resorts, hotels and cayes in this area are all listed as being located in "Placencia" . The Village of Placencia is located at the end of the Peninsula and is the sight of most Placencia restaurants, shops, nightlife. Cayes are accessible only by boat, Seine Bight is located approximately 6 miles north of the Village and Maya Beach is located about 8 miles north of Placencia Village.
If being close or in the Village of Placencia is valuable to you on your Belize vacation, you can learn how far north your accommodations will be located by visiting the Placencia Belize Tourism Industry Association Web Site For:
Learn About the Benefits of Chabil Mar's Placencia Village Location
Chabil Mar is located in Placencia Village, just a stroll along the beach to the Village Center and five minutes by bike and kayak, which are complimentary to our guests, by golf cart (rentals are available on-site) or complimentary evening shuttle service between 4PM and 10PM daily.
Take advantage of the benefits of our premier location in Placencia and the Village to visit the shops, restaurants, nightlife and authentic traditional fishing Village culture, at your leisure, on your own schedule and as often as you wish. Then, return to the peacefulness and guest exclusive service of Chabil Mar.
Miles of natural sandy beach, a virgin mangrove–fringed lagoon, a wonderland of coral–studded cayes just off-shore, nearby jungle rivers (home to the howler monkey) and pristine rainforests, Garifuna, Creole and Maya cultures and ancient ruins, all within a short tour away, make Placencia Village the ideal location for the adventure traveler.
Placencia Calendar of Events - 2016:
Combine one of the following Placencia annual events with your Belize adventure for a remarkable adventure Belize vacation!
Contact the Chabil Mar Reservations Manager for more information about Beach - Jungle & Sea - Island - Honeymoon - Family Vacation Packages and Specials.
February: Placencia Sidewalk Arts & Music Festival - Have fun at the fastest growing event in the Southern (Stann Creek) Region. Visual and performing artists from Placencia and across Belize showcase their best along Placencia's historic sidewalk. Shop for Belizean art and explore Belize's vibrant music scene.
March: Taste of the Peninsula - Sample a wide range of cuisine contributed by participating Peninsula restaurants and home cooks; dance the night away to live music and participate in fun raffles and more.
April: Spring Break Parties throughout the Peninsula and Village.
May: Summer begins in Belize and Chabil Mar Resort - Kick off the summer early by taking advantage of continuing great weather and price reductions on all Villa accommodations.
June: Placencia Lobsterfest - A mega beach party like no other in Belize organized by the Plcencia BTIA and Placencia Village Council. Celebrate Placencia and its bounty of good food and people. Enjoy live musical performances, games and take a chance in the legendary Placencia Lobsterfest Raffle.
September: Battle of St. George's Caye Day (September 10) and Independence Day Celebrations (September 21) - Enjoy small festivities like patriotic pageants and parades, to large celebrations and the Placencia BTIA's (Belize Tourism Industry Association) Saltwater Fishing Tournament, wher anglers can win large cash prizes.
October: Halloween! - Join Halloween enthusiasts from Placencia and all over Belize at the Barefoot Bar, the biggest Halloween party in the area. Costume prizes, drink special and visiting DJ.
November: Garifuna Settlement Day - In Seine Bight Village, about 7 miles north of Placencia Village, enjoy cultural pageants conducted in the Garifuna language and watch re-enactments of the Garifuna people arriving on Belizean shores followed by parades, punta dancing, live drumming and more. Date: November 19.
December: *End of the World Placencia Marathon and Half Marathon - Come for the run and stay for the fun. The marathon course begins at the football/soccer field in Placencia Village Center goes, through Placencia Village, past Chabil Mar (3/4 mile point), through Seine Bight and Maya Beach with multiple views of the Maya Mountains to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east. The 1/2 marathon starts at the mid-point of the marathon and both end back in Placencia Village. Date: First and second week of December. Contact Us to learn more about the Placencia, Belize marathon.
*Placencia Mistletoe Ball - Glam up and celebrate the year at this formal affair. Eat, drink and dance the night away to a headlining party band.
*New Year's Eve Party - A local village affair and all are welcome. Fireworks show at midnight, food, dance, music and domestic Beliken beer.
Placencia has a long history of occupation starting with the Maya who established at least 14 sites around the Placencia lagoon. They were principally engaged in the making of salt as well as participating in the extensive coastal trade.
In the 17th century Placencia was settled by the English Puritans who were originally from Nova Scotia and latterally from the island of Providencia. This settlement died out during the Central America wars of independence in the 1820's. The Spaniards that traveled the southern coast of Belize gave Placencia its name. Placencia prospered and became a village, earning its livelihood from the sea. In the early 1970s Placencia was provided with electricity.
Placencia is as culturally diverse today as it was in its formation. Walking down the sidewalk (once called the world's narrowest street) on any given day, you will see and hear people from all over Belize and the world gracing this little Village.
Adding to the charm of this traditional fishing village is a host of local eateries, beach bars, art galleries and shops that provide an authentic Belizean experience and while mingling with the locals in this Village of just over 1200 full time residents, experience the day to day life of Belize!
And while it's easy to drift gently into the laid back atmosphere, adventure is always nearby. Like most ideal vacation destinations, location is paramount to a truly unique experience, and Placencia is no exception. Situated on the mainland and located on the Caribbean Sea, Placencia is the doorway to Belize's most sought after activities on land and sea.
Carribean Travel & Life Magazine - "The Carribean's Coolest Beach Towns" - 2010 - by Bob Friel
Tripadvisor - "Top Destinations in Central America" - 2012
Tripadvisor - "Top Beaches in Central America" - 2012
International Living Magazine – "It's Like Small-town America 60 Years Ago..." April 25, 2012
Belize Tourism Board Awards - 2013
Destination of the Year
Frontline Person of the Year, Natalie Ranguy, Chabil Mar
Tour Operator of the Year, Splash Dive Center, Placencia Village
Hospitality Award, Placencia Tourism Center, Placencia Village
Major Festival and Event, Placencia Lobster Fest, Placencia Village
Restaurant of the Year, Maya Beach Bistro, Maya Village, Placencia Peninsula
CNN "World's Top 100 Beaches" - Placencia No. 47 - 2013
Tripadvisor - "Top Destinations in Central America" - 2014