Placencia has the best beaches, large expat community, snorkeling that you can kayak to, and lots of bars, restaurants, and street food. I have only been to Placencia twice before to run the half-marathons so this was my first time coming as a tourist and it was absolutely wonderful.
The beaches here are a significant improvement from Caye Caulker and San Pedro and run at least 19 miles along the coast with clean water and nice sand allowing for you to swim anywhere.
Placencia is an amazing place for backpacker’s and solo travelers as you got Anda Di Hows Hostel, which is where I stayed so I strongly recommend it. Free kayaks, snorkel gear and a cool family who lives upstairs. The owner Pandora is friendly and I had lots of fun with her, her daughter, and the local guys.
The expat community here is big, much larger than the Cayo community where I live. The result of this is that you have access to activities you normally wouldn’t such as bowling or mini golf. You will also find a lot of higher end development being done here such as the type of houses that you would see in an average North America neighborhood. There are numerous gated communities where lots of nice houses and condos are built.
How to Get to Placencia:
You will take the beautiful Hummingbird Highway from Belmopan.
Where to Stay in Placencia:
If you are a backpacker you will want to stay at Anda Di Hows Hostel as it is right on the beach, ran by a cool family, and you get free kayaks and snorkel gear.
What to Do in Placencia:
Swimming and taking photos on the best beaches in Belize.