Perched at the southern tip of a sandy peninsula, this laid-back village is worth every bump on the incoming dirt road. Once a fisherman's hide-out known to few outsiders, Placencia is now a haven for diving, snorkeling and sailing. It's claim to fame, however, is the best set of beaches in Belize.
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This tropical chic resort sits on the best beach in Central America, offering gorgeous ocean and mountain views.
In the late 20th century, Placencia became a significant tourism destination. Today, it's rife with companies offering classes and equipment hire for kayaking, canoeing, fishing, diving, snorkeling, and boat trips to see the plentiful wildlife.
Held on the weekend closest to Valentine's Day, Placencia introduced the Sidewalk Art Festival, which features art, crafts and music, with scores of participants from all over Belize.
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