Placencia has some of the best beaches on the mainland and a growing expat community. 16 miles of beaches located on a peninsula with the Caribbean Sea on one side and lagoon on the backside, about 120 miles south of Belize City.. You can snorkel here but for the best snorkeling you will have to take a boat out to the reef or to one of the small offshore cayes, a 10 to 20 mile boat ride.
Land on the peninsula is low-lying and flat. You can see the Mayan Mountains to the west. The average temperature in sub-tropical Placencia is 80 degrees Fahrenheit and the average humidity is 83%. Generally the dry season and the most popular time to visit is January through May. June, July, October and November are typically the rainiest months. Rainstorms are usually short, but very powerful.
Most foreign residents choose Placencia for its low stress attitude. The atmosphere is laid-back and focuses mainly on fishing, boating and other activities on the water.