Where is Placencia, Belize?

Posted on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

What’s it like in Placencia? Where is the Peninsula? Where is the Village located?

Placencia Village Aerial and Chabil Mar Belize Resort

Living in Placencia, Belize: Paradise Found

FROM SUZAN HASKINS AND DAN PRESCHER and International living – Excerpts

Just where is Placencia? It’s about a three-and-a-half hour drive south of Belize City. Placencia town lies at the tip of a 16-mile long narrow  strip of land known as the Placencia Peninsula. The peninsula, only a half-mile wide at its widest point, offers Caribbean beachfront to the  east and a protected lagoon on the western side where manatees are often seen.  Everything here is close to the water, and all along the paradisiacal peninsula on either side you’ll find restaurants, hotels and small resorts, individual homes, and all those new residential communities. Here are some fast facts about the Placencia Peninsula. There are basically three villages on the peninsula: tiny Maya Beach (more an “area” than a town), the Garifuna settlement of Seine Bight, and Placencia town. Only a few thousand people live on the peninsula, centered around these three small villages, the largest of which is Placencia town with about 1,000 residents.

On a fun note, that road we talked about earlier… it dead ends at the southern tip of the peninsula in Placencia town, which itself offers another north/south transportation artery — the Placencia Sidewalk. It’s 4,071 feet long and 4 feet wide, and according to the Guinness Book of World Records, it’s the narrowest main street in the world. Read the entire article here!

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