The Location: The Placencia Peninsula is a 16-mile strip of lush land jutting out into the Caribbean Sea, located about a three-hour drive south of Belize City. On the east side of the paradisiacal peninsula is a white sand beach lined with palm trees, and on the west side is a lagoon teeming with fish and wildlife.
The Activity: Kayaking
The Placencia Lagoon is a kayaker’s dream — an estuary lined with mangroves, creating a natural nursery for bottlenose dolphins and West Indian manatees, as well as more than 70 species of fish and 54 species of birds. Meanwhile, off the east side of the peninsula, you’ll find uninhabited islets that make ideal campsites for multi-day sea kayaking expeditions (Read: you get to camp on your own private island). To name a few, there’s Saddle Caye South at seven miles, Laughing Bird Caye at 13 miles, and Silk Caye (also known as Queen Caye) at 25 miles. Kayak Belize can help with the logistics of linking several cays together, as well as equipment rental.
What Else to Do: The Belize Barrier Reef, the world’s second largest, can be found about 25 miles offshore, making snorkeling a must-do. Placencia is also world-renowned for offshore fishing. There are three small beach communities on the peninsula (Placencia Village, Maya Beach, Seine Bight), and a decent amount of restaurants/bars, accommodations, and dive shops. You can walk (or run) the beach uninterrupted for seven miles between Placencia Village and Seine Bight.
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