Named by the Spaniards and meaning, ‘pleasant point’, Placencia is a 16 mile long peninsula in the southern Stann Creek District of Belize. It consists of four major villages along the road. Beginning in the North and moving South- Riversdale, Maya Beach, Seine Bight and Placencia Village. Mariposa is located just south of the air strip in Placencia Village itself. Formerly a fishing village, Placencia is a burgeoning tourist destination filled with quaint caribbean colors and still thriving with Belizean culture. Narrow, with water on both sides, it tends to feel like an island but in actuality, it has the benefits of road access to mainland Belize. The nearby Cockscomb Nature Reserve or to the Maya King Waterfall and Zipline just a 40 minute drive away..
There is only one road that runs the length of the peninsula, which makes finding your way an easy thing to do. Everyone is welcome on the road, whether taking a stroll, riding a bike, scooter, golf cart or car. In the heart of the village there is ‘The sidewalk’ which is sandwiched between the road and the beach, the three running in parallel for about two miles. Historically, the sidewalk has been known for being the world’s most narrow mainstreet as listed in the Guiness Book of World Records.
Located within biking distance from Placencia Village, and with bikes provided free of charge by the resort, it’s both easy and safe to get out and explore the local community on your own. You will find grocery stores, ATMs and a pharmacy for all your needs and beach bars, live music and great restaurants for their enjoyment. Out and amongst the cultures of Belize, you’ll have the opportunity to play drums with the Garifuna, have a Kreol meal from a roadside vendor, watch a Rasta carve his wood or buy souvenirs from an indigenous Maya. The dining scene in Placencia is truly fantastic- starting from the North with Maya Beach Bistro and moving steadily down past Singing Sands, the Quarterdeck at Laru Beya, Cafe Mare at Turtle Inn to Rumfish and Rick’s Cafe in the village. We highly recommend that you stop at the local street vendors on your stay as well, you may eat your tacos on the roadside but they’ll be worth it!
Just remember, the staff at Mariposa are here to help you with any recommendations or reservations you may need during your stay. From a sea or jungle adventure, to renting a golf cart or going bowling- we’ve got you covered! Oh and be sure to pick up a copy of the local paper, The Placencia Breeze, it can be found free of charge around town and will help you get familiar with the village!