Placencia, Belize

In many ways the Placencia Peninsula presents a microcosm of the best Belize has to offer. Over twelve miles of untrammeled golden beaches look out onto scores of enchanting cayes, the barrier reef and beyond that the pristine atolls. It’s an ideal base for amazing diving and snorkeling – including our famous whale sharks, as well as world class fly fishing and trolling. But marine attractions are only half the story. Across the Placencia Lagoon via a perfectly paved road lay all the wonders of the southern mainland: the majestic Maya Mountains, cascading waterfalls, rushing rivers and the inspiring cities of the ancient Maya. Some visitors even manage to experience both surf and turf in the same day.

But the Placencia Peninsula isn’t just an attraction for the eco-traveler. The culinary tourist is in for a colorful and tasty food adventure. Fresh caught seafood is the specialty and served up as traditional fare of various ethnicities as well as more internationally inspired fine cuisine.

While the respective communities on the Placencia Peninsula have maintained their charming village appeal, the pace quickly picks up during major annual events such as the Placencia Sidewalk Arts and Music Festival in February and Lobsterfest in June. A rich multi-cultural utopia awakens in the night at local bars and clubs where free spirits can opt to dance barefoot to the rhythms of the Garifuna drums, the electrifying riffs of guitars or to the pumping dance tunes from beloved local DJs.

Whether you come by road, air or sea, the good life Placencia style is about as authentic as it gets. Barefoot Perfect.

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“Great Place”
Greg

Spent 5 nights at Tarpon Caye Lodge, with fishing every day. I would highly recommend it, and we will return.

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The cabins over the water are really unique, unless you are in Tahiti! The warm breeze and sounds of the Caribbean will lull you to sleep. Everything is clean and fresh. In the morning, wake up to rich coffee, rolls and fruit then motor 2 minutes to tarpon heaven. Return for a big breakfast then troll the reefs or fish extensive flats. Our guide was really good. Return for siesta and lunch. Dinner was great, featuring the fish you catch. Santiago, your waiter/bartender is a very nice gentleman at your service in the dining hall with overwater veranda. Very nice.

“All around excellent!”
Fred M.

What a wonderful place to spend a week. Very simple and yet done very well. I'll start with the food... outstanding!

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Fresh catch of the day whenever you want, great cakes and pies, and the fry jacks are awesome! Charles and his staff make you feel right at home. Also, the beds are really comfortable... which is very important. The fishing, which was the main reason for our trip, was second to none. Charles knows these waters like no other and puts you onto permit and tarpon all day every day. The trick is getting them to eat... and Charles will set you up for success. The flats for permit were wonderful to fish. And the lagoon right on the caye was filled with 40-100lb tarpon. I spent alot of time wading and kayaking on my own right around the caye and caught tons of fish... both on the fly and spin. I can't wait to go back.

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