10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions In Placencia, Belize

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In all of Belize, beautiful Placencia on the southern coast is the destination you simply must visit. The following are the attractions that you shouldn’t miss while you are here.

1. Monkey River

Emptying into the Caribbean Sea near Monkey River Town, Monkey River is one of Belize’s major rivers and a great place to see all kinds of wildlife, especially howler monkeys.

2. The Silk Cayes

The Silk Cayes are three small islands that are part of the Belize Barrier Reef and make up a protected area for seabirds.

3. Laughing Bird Caye

Laughing Bird Caye is a breathtaking protected natural park to visit, named for the laughing gulls that used to nest there.

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4. Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

Visit the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary for a chance to spot an elusive jaguar. Founded as the world’s only jaguar preserve, hundreds of other species also call the sanctuary home.

5. The Seine Bight Garifuna Community

This is an excellent place to learn about the culture of Belize’s Garifuna people, who are descended from indigenous Caribbean islanders and enslaved Africans.

6. The Placencia Lagoon

The Placencia Lagoon is yet another protected natural area. Known for attracting manatees, the lagoon is so serene and peaceful that you will never want to leave.

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7. The Gladden Spit Marine Reserve

This marine reserve is located off the coast of Placencia near the Silk Cayes. It is home to some of the healthiest parts of the Belize Barrier Reef and is known as a great place to see whale sharks.

8. Placencia’s Beaches

Many people want to come to Belize to relax on tropical beaches, and Placencia has some of the country’s best. Simply taking a stroll down the coastline can be one of the most magical and relaxing experiences you have during your visit.

9. The Maya King Waterfalls

The Maya King Waterfalls are two cascading waterfalls that are some of the most picturesque in all of Belize. They are especially breathtaking during the rainy season in the summer. Changing rooms are located on-site if you want to go for a swim.

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10. Placencia Village

Placencia Village itself is a charming little seaside town filled to the brim with shops, restaurants, bars, and art galleries that you can access from its pedestrian-only “main street.”

When you come to Placencia to see these amazing places and more, be sure to stay at Mariposa Beach Resort. Here, you can discover paradise off the beaten path.