Placencia is a small village in the south of the Stann Creek District. It lies on the tip of
a peninsula about 40 miles by sea from Dangriga in the Stann Creek
District. It is a mainland costal fishing village. It is a short boat ride
across the lagoon from Big Creek and a few other mainland villages. Like
other coastal villages the temperature and climate are quite steady.
The people of Placencia are creoles - decendants of African salves and
European settlers. They like many people in this area decended from the
workers brought in for the logging industry of a hundred years or so ago.
Placencia is still primarily a fishing village, although recently it has
become attractive to those who want both the adventure of an inland trip and
the relaxation of the sea and the sun. From Placencia you can get to many
diving and fishing sites near the barrier reef. You can also go
inland to several Maya ruins and go on bird watching and ecological
Placencia is about a three hour drive from Belize City by means of the Coastal Road to the Hummingbird Highway to the Southern Highway. Be prepared for a bumpy and dusty ride althought you do get to experience a wonderful scenery.
There are also scheduled daily flight on Tropic Air and Maya Airways. This trip is about 40 minutes. The flights alternate between Big Creek and Placencia. Big Creek is a short boat ride from Placencia.