The Placencia Peninsula, an 11 mile strip of land sandwiched between the Caribbean Sea and the Placencia Lagoon, has beautiful white sandy beaches and - because of its distance from the reef - it also has "real” (though not very high) surf. The water is clean and clear; the trade winds gentle and cooling. There are few sights more calming to the spirit than a Belizean sunset on a deserted Placencia Peninsula beach.
In October 2001, Hurricane Iris destroyed the village's famous "Main Street" - a 20 inch wide sidewalk that meandered through town and up the beach. Rebuilding this sidewalk has been prioritized as a major project for the village council and relevant government groups, although the focus post-Hurricane Iris was on rebuilding homes and resorts. Six months after Hurricane Iris, Placencia had rebuilt enough to successfully hold its famous annual Lobster Fest in mid-2002.
Placencia also has delicious restaurants, some of which are set up in the patios of private homes along the path between the beach and the lagoon. You can get a delicious plate heaped with stewed chicken, rice and beans for about U.S. $4. There are also several small gift shops, a post office and some night life. Nearby Mango Creek/Independence Village also has a disco and weekend activity, as well as a big football field which is home to one of Belize's top football clubs.
A trip to nearby Seine Bight, a traditional Garifuna village a few miles north of Placencia, provides a chance to sample Garifuna cooking and music (including traditional drumming and modern Punta Rock) at the Kulcha Shack Café. Try the Nautical Inn, a charming resort on the beach, or The Inn at Robert's Grove or the Hotel Seine Bight, which features one and two story beachfront cabanas and a gourmet restaurant and bar, or the Blue Crab Beach Resort, which features cabanas, rooms and campground.