5 Amazing Day Trips You Can Take from Placencia

Placencia Belize Tours

Placencia, in southern Belize, is one of the most popular destinations in the country. Home to golden sands, boutique cafes, and an idyllic Caribbean vibe, Placencia is a great place to visit for locals and international visitors alike.

And while you’re in Placencia, you can enjoy amazing day trips such as these:

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary 

The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (CBWS) is one of the most interesting wild areas on the planet. Home to the world’s only jaguar conservation project, the CBWS is a vast, trackless enclave that contains mountains, valleys, wetlands, and a cornucopia of plant, bird, and animal life.

Monkey River 

The Monkey River is a well-named watercourse running through some of Belize’s lushest jungle before terminating in the Caribbean just a few miles north of Placencia. Boat tours on the Monkey River are a great way to see more of the abundant wildlife in Belize, including black howler monkeys, as well as visit traditional villages.

Laughing Bird Caye 

One of Belize’s most beautiful protected marine environments on the reef, Laughing Bird Caye is home to an abundance of dive sites that are far off the beaten path. With shallow lagoons and coastal waters, Laughing Bird Caye is a great place for beginning divers as well as nature lovers who come to admire some of the many seabirds that nest in this area.

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling 

With clear, shallow waters and a bright white sandy seafloor, scuba diving or snorkeling on the Belize Barrier Reef near Placencia is like jumping into an enormous aquarium filled with colorful fish and exotic marine creatures like rays, sharks, dolphins, sea turtles, and manatees.


Whether you’re trying to catch your dinner or want to complete your personal Grand Slam, the fishing in and around Placencia is spectacular. All year long, gamefish such as snook, tarpon, barracuda, bonefish, and permit abound. Whether it’s fly fishing from the flats or deep fishing for marlin and sailfish on the outer edge of the reef, Placencia is a popular destination for anglers from around the world.

Barefoot Rentals and Services, a locally owned tourism services company based right in southern Belize, is your go-to company when visiting Placencia. Barefoot also organizes day trips to all of the destinations listed above and many more.

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