Once a sleepy fishing outpost, spectacular Placencia is a tropical 'barefoot perfect' destination... the sun-kissed beach stretches for miles.
The narrow Placencia Peninsula meanders down the southern coast of the country. The eastern shoreline boasts mile after mile of continuous white sand beach rimmed by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. On the western side, a long and slender, finger-shaped, lagoon separates the peninsula from mainland Belize.
Placencia, with the best beach in the country, is a "barefoot perfect" panacea for anyone craving water activity. An eclectic group of visitors - from backpackers to celebrities - have stayed in the village and become a part of it, returning year after year. Without a doubt, despite development, this glorious little peninsula with unspoiled beauty has become the "in" place. The Government of Belize, Placencia Village Council, Tourism Placencia and several NGO's work diligently to guide development and keep it unspoiled.
What makes this slender piece of paradise so popular?
Firstly - the host of endless water adventures - snorkelling, diving, boating, sailing, fishing, fly-fishing (tarpon, snook, bone-fish, permit can be caught in one day), kayaking, manatee-watching, and just swimming and sunning on the beach. Secondly - the land adventures - Monkey River tours to see the howler monkeys, river-tubing through caves, hiking and trail-riding on horseback through the mountains, nature tours of the Cockscomb Reserve (aka the Jaguar Reserve - but if you want to actually see jaguars in their habitat go to the Belize Zoo), and Mayan ruins. Take a side trip to Tikal in Guatemala to see the best Mayan ruins but, if time is short, tour the ruins in Belize - they are pretty amazing and you're almost alone - the 'first discoverer' feeling is pretty cool. Get more information - Tourism Placencia Click Here
Driving - You can drive to Three Iguanas Villa from the U.S. and Canada but most folks just enjoy the scenic four-hour drive from Belize City - crossing hills and passing citrus groves and banana plantations framed by the Maya Mountains. From Belize City take the Western Highway past the Belize Zoo (it really is worth a visit) to Belmopan, the capital city; turn east onto the scenic Hummingbird Highway through the mountains and past some of the attractions that you'll want to tour later; turn south onto the Southern Highway, drive 40 km and turn east onto the Placencia road that winds past the international airport that's under construction and Riversdale, through the villages of Maya Beach and Seine Bight, en-route to Placencia Village. The Placencia road used to be a candidate for "world's worst road" but in 2010 it is paved almost the whole distance. When you pass the airstrip (make sure to yield/stop for approaching aircraft) you're at the north end of Placencia Village. Continue another few km into the Village. You'll see the Atlantic Bank on your left, take the next right (just past the blue house) and proceed 600 ft along the dirt road to Three Iguanas Villa - you can't miss the turret with the three iguanas mural.
Flying - Fly to Belize International Airport, BZE, and take a 30 min. local flight to Placencia from Belize International Airport. The flight affords a great view of the country and peninsula. It's an intimate flight - ask the pilot if you can ride in the co-pilot's seat. Take a taxi from the airport to the villa - about $10Bz.
For flights within Belize - Tropic Air Click Here Maya Island Airlines Click Here
Bus - if your timing is lucky you'll get the air-conditioned motor coach service from Belize City or Belmopan, but most travellers use the basic bus service and ride old school busses with the local Mayans, Garifuna, Mestizos and Mennonites to enjoy local culture. Take the bus to Mango Creek where you can catch the Hokey - Pokey water taxi service to boat the few km across the lagoon and arrive in the heart of Placencia Village. It's a trip - not luxurious - but pretty "cool" and well worth the adventure.