The Placencia peninsula is the favorite beach getaway on the mainland for tourists and locals alike and provides the perfect setting from which to explore the underwater gardens along the southern reef, venture into the jungle of the central coast, or simply relax and unwind with the sea breeze in your hair.

The 15 mile long Placencia peninsula is located on the Belize central coast south of Dangriga town and Hopkins Village. It is bordered by the Caribbean Sea on the east and a placid mangrove lagoon on the west. The eastern shore is strung with a series of beaches that are dotted with luxurious beach resorts, intimate guest houses, private rentals, and homes. The small community of Maya Beach, lies about half way down the peninsula (8 miles or so north of Placencia village and just north of the Garifuna Village of Seine Bight), and offers several of our favorite beach resorts and inns and some excellent gourmet restaurants. The Placencia Village is at the lower tip of the peninsula. It is a fun little town with a long expanse of yellow sand beach, an assortment of delicious restaurants, gift shops, a few lively beach bars, and a laid-back quiet atmosphere. A visit here will reward you with a relaxed experience in a fun beach town with access to both marine and inland attractions.

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Saltwater Pool overlooking the Caribbean Sea at Naïa Resort and Spa

Naïa Resort and Spa

Nestled within a private 200-acre reserve on the Placencia Peninsula, the brand new Naïa Resort and Spa is an intimate, natural playground where guests can enjoy a Belize beach experience with a touch of luxury, indulge in the services of Belize's first Destination Spa, and enjoy creative, tropical fare in three wonderful restaurants. The 35 Beach Houses at Naïa are designed to offer guests an authentic and luxurious Belizean experience where guests can embrace the beautiful surroundings, with open airy spaces offering breathtaking views of the sea and native vegetation and luxury ensuite amenities. Each Beach House features an outdoor veranda that opens directly to the beach, some with plunge pools. Comfortable and casually elegant furnishings are accented by local artwork and modern comforts (beach houses include a fully stocked wet bar  while two and three-bedroom residences feature fully equipped kitchens). Bathrooms include deep soaking tubs in addition to a private outdoor shower surrounded by lush tropical foliage. At the heart of Naïa, tucked away on a series of enchanting lily-covered lagoons, lies a unique destination spa with five treatment rooms and a private island couples retreat offering an extensive menu of signature treatments, spa rituals, and personalized wellness programs, all of which incorporate native botanicals plus a signature line of organic spa products. Complementing the Spa are a fully-equipped Fitness Center and a stunning Yoga and Movement Studio, equipped for a variety of classes including Aerial Yoga, and two salt-water pools. Water sports and bicycles are complimentary for guests and a wide range of day tours are also available. Three onsite restaurants - the casual Beach Bar and Grill, upscale 1981, and refreshing Spa Cafe - offer warm service and a dedication to highlighting fresh and authentic Belizean fare, crafted with indigenous ingredients that showcase the area’s bright natural flavors, while adding just the right amount of finesse to create feasts for the senses. Naïa is the perfect beach retreat for couples, friends, or families looking for a rejuvenating beach getaway. 

The Chabil Mar Villas, Placencia, Belize

Chabil Mar Villas  

Chabil Mar is a guest exclusive boutique resort offering 19 villas and a honeymoon suite set among lushly landscaped tropical gardens along 400 feet of gorgeous oceanfront and swimming beach.  Its setting provides guests a private beach escape with all the luxuries of a full-service resort,  while also being within walking distance of Placencia village, allowing guests easy access to the fun restaurants, shops, and nightlife available there. Spacious one bedroom and two bedroom villas feature full kitchens and living spaces, are uniquely designed and furnished with original artwork, and offer excellent views of the Caribbean from personal verandas. Two infinity beach-side pools are nestled among the gardens, as is a fun bar and lounge area. Delicious meals are available from the onsite Café Mar and are served to guests anywhere on the property they like: on the beach, on your private veranda, on the pier over the water, on a lovely palm-shaded deck looking out over the sea, or in one of the many intimate spaces tucked in among the lovely landscaping. Chabil Mar prides itself on providing top-notch “guest-centric and exclusive service”. This is evident in every aspect of how the resort is designed and operated and a stay here is sure to reward guests with an unforgettable “barefoot luxury” experience. 

Sea Front Villa at the Turtle Inn near Placencia Village

Turtle Inn

The Turtle Inn is part of the Family Coppola Resorts. It was acquired by Francis and Eleanor Coppola in 2001 and transformed into an idyllic Balinese inspired refuge that delights guests with 25 individual thatched cottages surrounded by lush gardens and located just steps from the beach Turquoise Caribbean. Each Cottage has a private screened porch, spacious bathroom with a Japanese bath, private walled garden with an outdoor shower, and features Balinese hand-carved doors and decor. Larger 2-bedroom/2 bath Villas provide a living room, separated seating areas, and an extended screened porch - the perfect location to unwind over a coffee or cocktail after an exciting day of adventuring. All rooms are spacious and appointed with luxurious amenities: Wifi, alarm clock & iPod docking station, Illy espresso machin, bathrobes, in-room dining, refrigerator stocked with wine, soft drinks, Belikin beer, and snacks, writing table & chair, sofa & coffee table, and yoga mats. Three delicious onsite restaurants offer a range of dining experiences: the upscale Mare specializes in Italian and Seafood dishes, while the relaxed Auntie Luba's Kitchen offers local favorites, and the beach front Gauguin Grill serves grilled, fresh, "catch-of the day" right out by the water. Two onsite bars offer your favorite cocktails and a large selection of wine housed in Belize's only "Wine Aquarium" - a wall-to-wall glass-encased wine cellar that holds more than 1200 bottles from Francis Ford Coppola’s two wineries in Sonoma County, along with many other vintages from Chili, Argentina, Italy, France and the US. Other Resort amenities include the Sunset Spa, set in an open-air Balinese Rice House and specializing in traditional Thai massage, two swimming pools, a full service Dive Shop, and a gift shop. Pampering service provided by experienced staff tops off the list of what makes The Turtle Inn one of Belize's most luxurious beach resort destinations, sure to deliver an experience that will cater to your every whim.

The Belize ocean Club, Maya Beach, Placencia, Belize

The Belize Ocean Club

The Belize Ocean Club is a lovely full service beach resort located on the north end of Maya Beach, offering fully appointed One and Two Bedroom Suites facing either the Caribbean Sea or the placid Placencia Lagoon and the Maya Mountains. Each suite is air-conditioned and elegantly designed with a clean, modern aesthetic. Comfortable wood and wicker furniture are combined with granite counter tops, travertine marble floors, and simple beach inspired décor to create an atmosphere that is both comfortable and chic. Each suite has a large open floor plan with a full kitchen and a spacious dining and living area that leads to the guest bedroom, guest bathroom, and master bedroom (with en-suite bathroom) and opens onto a private balcony with views of the sea or lagoon. The Belize Ocean Club spans the peninsula from the lagoon to the sea with four hundred and thirty feet of beach access, where you can kick back with a book, play a game of volleyball, run through the waves or just gaze across the sea from a hammock under the palm trees. Two restaurants are available onsite. Located right on the beach is the Ocean Club Bar & Grill offering casual dining for breakfast, lunch and pool snacks, while the Shore House Restaurant offers breathtaking views over the Placencia Lagoon and a gourmet dining experience for breakfast and dinner. The resort boasts one of the largest pools in Belize, complete with a lively swim-up bar. The onsite Eucalypto Spa offers a wide array of relaxing, restorative services. The use of kayaks, paddle boards, beach sports, bikes, pool table, and lawn darts is complimentary to guests and the travel concierge offers a range of inland excursions, fishing, diving and snorkeling tours. The Belize Ocean Club is a perfect choice for those who enjoy the modern full service beach resort experience.

The Green Parrot Beach Houses, Maya Beach PlACENCIA

Green Parrot Beach Houses

The Green Parrot offers 8 beach cabanas set among coconut palms along an enchanting stretch of sandy coastline in the Maya Beach area of the Placencia Peninsula. The welcoming staff, an open air onsite restaurant and bar, a swimming dock, comfortable wooden cabanas, and plenty of shaded spaces to take in the view of the sea, provide a quintessential laid-back Caribbean beach experience.  Six wooden beach houses with second story lofts include kitchenettes and small living areas and can accommodate couples, friends traveling together or families of four. Two smaller thatched cabana units with queen beds are ideal for couples. All the beach houses include private porches with hammocks and a sea-view.  The use of bicycles and kayaks are complimentary for guests who wish to explore the area by land or sea and the Green Parrot is also perfectly positioned to offer guests an assortment of marine and inland adventures. This is an ideal choice for friends, couples or families looking for a laid back and authentic beach cabana experience in a peaceful setting.

The Singing Sands Inn, MAYA bEACH, pLcencia

Singing Sands Inn

The Singing Sands Inn is a small resort in the Maya Beach area of Placencia offering an intimate setting with six comfortable cabanas tucked within a beautifully landscaped tropical garden along a gorgeous stretch of sandy beach. The entire inn has been newly renovated and includes a small pool and deck area with lots of chairs for relaxing, a long pier over the sea, the stylish onsite Bonefish Grille Restaurant and Bar, six thatched cabanas, and two garden view rooms. The cabanas feature local hardwood floors, newly remodeled bathrooms and showers, and custom furniture. They are simple but attractively decorated with local artwork, hand-woven Guatemalan bed covers and hand painted Mexican tiles. Some offer sea views while others are tucked in among the foliage of the gardens. The lush tropical surroundings and the palm shaded beach overlooking the turquoise sea create an alluring atmosphere for the cabanas and restaurant. Glass bottom kayaks are available for rent and a myriad of marine and inland adventures can be easily arranged from this location. This is an ideal choice for couples looking for a low-key romantic beach retreat.

Robert's Grove Resort, Placencia, Belize

Robert's Grove Resort

Robert's Grove is a classic full-service beach resort offering everything you need for a fun beach vacation. The resort's extensive grounds cover 22 acres and extend from a beautiful swimming beach on the sea across attractive gardens and coastal forests to a marina on the lagoon side of the peninsula. Various accommodation options ranging from standard hotel rooms to three bedroom villas are located in sea-facing buildings and offer all guests access to the beach as well as the resort's three swimming pools and various facilities. Three onsite restaurants provide guests the option of gourmet dining by the sea, local Belizean cuisine, or a lively Mexican-themed restaurant on the lagoon side offering superb sunset views over the mountains. Their full service tour company and dive shop offers a range of snorkeling, fishing, and diving tours - including PADI certification courses - as well as inland adventures. Other amenities include a spa, pool-side bar, and small gym. The use of sea kayaks, canoes, Hobie cats, pedal boats and bicycles are complimentary to guests. Robert's Grove is a perfect choice for families, friends or couples looking for an all-inclusive beach resort atmosphere offering a wide range of onsite amenities.