Whether you are on a quick vacation or you live here full time, it is great to remind yourself of all the unusual and unique things that bring people back again and again to Placencia. It is a very special place - remote and exotic, yet you will feel right at home, warmly welcomed, in this artistic and funky little village....
1.) Walk the "loop" of the village. You can't get lost - follow the loop starting either on the main street or the sidewalk, takes about 30 minutes if you don't stop anywhere (but you will!) This loop allows you to see the whole village and get a feel for the tour booths, shops, restaurants, and bars that draw you in. As you are walking around, check out the local woodworking, have a coffee at Above Grounds (looks like a treehouse), stop and have a gelato at the famous Tutti Frutti, and have a look at all the farmer's market stands (we recommend purchasing some tomatoes, an onion, cilantro, a jalapeno, and a lime- mix these together with bit of salt and some tortilla chips from the grocery store - cheap and amazing). Walk by and see what is happening at Tipsy Tuna and Barefoot Bar; they advertise their activities on chalkboards throughout the village (and they are right next to each other, this is the heart of the village fun.) Try Brewed Awakenings for their excellent coffee, blended drinks, and seaweed shakes. ***Must Do's -- Stop and check out the pier - a lot of good bird/people/fisherman/dolphin watching here. ***Enjoy the shops and art galleries all throughout the village. Some SUPER talented artists in this village.
4.)Rent a golf cart for the day (or bike if you are hearty)... You can drive/ride it all the way up the peninsula (you are allowed to take it as far as the Placencia Hotel - after that, only cars). You can rent a golf cart at Captain Jak's or Barefoot Rentals right in the village. You can drive north through an authentic Garifuna village in Seine Bight (this is not set up for tourists, while it looks a bit rough, the locals are warm and friendly, and are very used to visitors - lunch at Vern's is one of the top rated places for local food.) Farther up, you will end up entering charming Maya Beach. Here you will find what looks like Florida from the 1940's. I highly recommend lunch or dinner at Mango's, Maya Bistro, Naia, or Belize Ocean Club. Park your cart, and walk around here on the beach - lots of little quiet beach bars. Most places let you walk around their facilities. Another worthwhile stop to sightsee is Singing Sands - very charming place for lunch. You can bowl at Jaguar Lanes, or check out the Placencia Hotel (this is where the casino is.)
8.) Take a day trip to Ranguana Caye (a gorgeous private island). This is a calendar-worthy private island, you can kayak/snorkel/paddleboard right by the reef, you go for the day and it is all about relaxing and lounging around, gorgeous beaches, rustic, natural, like you are shipwrecked.
I didn't even get to hit on ALL the many food options in Placencia - that is the next post :)