What You Should Know About the Placencia Belize Airport

Posted on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

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The Placencia Airport (three digit code: PLJ) is a small airport that serves the Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize. The airport is located directly on the Placencia Peninsula about three miles from Placencia Village on the southern tip of the peninsula.

Placencia Airport has a single paved runway that currently only handles domestic flights, although there are plans in the works to expand an airport in the area in order to receive international flights. Currently, all flights to and from the Placencia Airport are served by the Belizean air carriers Tropic Air and Maya Island Air, both of which have multiple daily connections to Belize City and other destinations across the country, including Punta Gorda and Dangriga.

From Belize City to Placencia, the flying time is around 45 minutes in the air. The Placencia Peninsula measures about 16 miles from north to south and just a quarter mile wide at the widest point. The unofficial capital of the peninsula is Placencia Village, still largely an idyllic fishing village with a population of around 1,000 residents. The Placencia Peninsula is located in the southeastern corner of the Stann Creek District.

The eastern side of the Placencia Peninsula is composed of beautiful white sand beaches fronting the Caribbean Sea while the western border is a mangrove-lined lagoon teeming with fish and wildlife. Placencia Village holds a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the town with the smallest “main street” in the world, a pedestrian-only 4,000-foot long sidewalk measuring just four feet across. From south to north, there are loosely-defined communities that begin with Placencia Village and continue on to Maya Beach and then a Garifuna village named Seine Bight.

Popular local events include the End of the World Marathon that first began as a humorous reference to a date on the Maya calendar that supposedly predicted the apocalypse in December 2012 and Lobsterfest, a multi-day beach party and culinary competition held every June to celebrate the opening of the lobster fishing season.

Placencia is rapidly becoming one of the top visitor destinations in the country, with many lovely resorts and inns giving guests access to both the nearby islands on the Belize Barrier Reef and top destinations on the mainland. Nearby attractions include the Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve (home to the world’s first dedicated jaguar conservation mission), boat tours up the eponymous Monkey River, and the enormous ruins of ancient Maya cities such as Lubantuum and Nim Li Punit.

For more information about visiting Placencia, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: concierge@chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at: reservations@chabilmarvillas.com. Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

 

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