Located in the Stann Creek district of Belize, Placencia is a village situated on the coast within exquisite surroundings that travelers find hard to resist. The lush landscape features beautiful forests, a lagoon, several Mayan ruins, a beach, and wildlife reserves. For outdoor enthusiasts, there are plenty of activities to enjoy including Placencia diving, horseback riding, Placencia fishing, sea and river kayaking, Placencia snorkeling, and sport and fly fishing. Nature lovers will also be impressed by the abundance of flora, fauna, birds, and butterflies.
Here are a few additional suggestions of things to do in Placencia:
- Lubaatun: Lubaatun, or "place of fallen stones," is a major archeological site of ancient Mayan ruins in Belize. It
was thought to be a commercial center for the civilization and significant marketplace for the people.
-Nim Li Punit: Thought to be a ceremonial site, this area of ancient Mayan ruins is located in Belize's Toledo district. It is also known as "big hat" or "top hat" because it features a massive, intricate head-dress on a sculpture depicting one of the area's ancient leaders.
-Cave Tours: Placencia features a number of spectacular caves that travelers can explore by foot or experience by swimming or tubing. Some of the most popular ones include Blue Creek Cave and the Crystal Cave.
-Monkey River: A trip down this beautiful waterway features a number of exotic animals, including howler monkeys, iguanas, and crocodiles.
-The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary: Located in neighboring Belize, this sanctuary is one of the largest, preserved areas in the country. It opened in 1990 as the first jaguar sanctuary and now houses about 60 jaguars.
-The Belize Barrier Reef: This is the second largest living coral reef on the planet, and it spans along the country's entire coast. It is big draw for travelers interested in scuba diving and snorkeling since the underwater sights are simply awe-inspiring.
A vacation rental in Placencia is the ideal way to experience everything the city has to offer. Whether you book a villa near the beach or a condo downtown, your home away from home will have everything you need.
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