how to get to placencia belize

Placencia is a laid-back seaside village that’s close to everything you want to see. It’s a convenient place to stay if you want to experience jungle excursions, Maya ruins, cultural tours and many other activities. It’s also the perfect place to enjoy gorgeous beaches, a lagoon and Belize’s best beach bars.

Where Is Placencia?

Placencia is located on the southern tip of the Placencia Peninsula. This 16-mile stretch of seafront looks out at the Belize Barrier Reef. Placencia lies between the Caribbean and the Placencia Lagoon. It is in the Stann Creek District. Placencia is a popular destination for tourists, day trippers and expatriates.

Arriving by Air

Although there is an airstrip in Placencia, you can’t fly directly from overseas locations into Placencia. If you’re flying from overseas, you will land at Philip Goldson Airport in Belize City.

From there, you can take a 30-minute domestic flight from Belize City to Placencia. The local airlines Tropic Air and Maya Island Air have daily flights to Placencia and other key locations. A domestic flight costs around $120 US.

COVID-19 Advisory

Belize has instituted a health protocol for international visitors. In an effort to control the spread of the virus, all visitors to Belize must:

  • Download a health app from the Belize government.
  • Present a negative COVID-19 test from a medical facility.
  • Book your stay through a government-approved hotel that has achieved a Gold Standard in safety protocols.

You can get more details from the Belize Tourism Board. All visitors must follow these steps.

Taxis and Shuttles

The trip by car is very scenic. Taxis and private shuttles are convenient and comfortable. They are also expensive, ranging from $150 to $300 for the three-hour trip.

Airport Shuttle

Some hotels offer a private shuttle service for their guests. This is the safest, most convenient and most affordable option.

Taking the Bus

The cheapest way to travel to Placencia is by bus. There are many bus lines that travel all over the country, and it’s how the locals travel. It takes about five hours.

Stay at Placencia’s Best Resort

Mariposa Beach Resort is an all-inclusive resort on the gorgeous Placencia beachfront. We offer luxurious accommodations, exciting excursions and outstanding amenities. Mariposa has met the Belize government’s high standards for safety protocols. We welcome everyone to our family-friendly, pet-friendly resort.