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Getting to Placencia

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Belize Weather Overview

Officially, Belize is classified as having a subtropical climate very similar to that found in central and southern Florida. Unlike more temperate zones, Belize does not experience the traditional four seasons. Instead, Belize has two seasons, one known as the “dry” or “high” season and the other known as the “green” or “low” season.

The high season, so-called because it is when many tourists visit the country, runs from approximately late November until the end of May. The high season corresponds with winter weather in more northerly climes but temperatures in Belize remain steady between the mid-80s (Fahrenheit) to low 90s in the daytime and mid to high 70s at night. Both seasons experience a consistent level of humidity all year around of about 85%.

The green season runs from approximately the beginning of June through the end of November, although there is a period running from mid-July to early August known as the “little dry” that provides a respite from the higher precipitation levels that characterize the green season. Despite corresponding to what would be summer in more northern regions, temperatures during the low season are only slightly higher with highs in the upper 80s to mid-90s during the daytime and mid to high 70s at night. Rainfall during the green season is most prominent in the early overnight hours and during brief but often intense rain showers during the hottest part of the afternoon.


The Placencia Peninsula is located in southeastern Belize right on the coast. Depending on where you are coming from, there are several options for how to get to Placencia. Travel time can range from 35 minutes to five hours depending on your mode of travel.

Placencia is a popular visitor destination thanks to its position on the Caribbean near the Belize Barrier Reef. Although it is possible to arrive in Placencia by boat, most people travel by land or air. If you’re coming in from Belize City, the route is 160 miles.

Domestic Flights

All international flights land at the Philip Goldson airport in Belize City, but you can fly to Placencia on either of Belize’s two domestic air carriers (Tropic Air and Maya Island Air) from Belize City or any other airstrip in the country. From Belize City, there are at least five daily flights that begin in the early morning and continue through the early evening. All flights are on a 9-13 Cessna aircraft and the travel time is about 35 minutes.

Placencia Shuttle

Barefoot Rentals and Services operates a shuttle service from both the international airport in Belize City as well as locations in the city itself. Barefoot operates a fleet of modern, well-maintained vehicles with professional, licensed drivers.

Private Car/Van Transfers

Barefoot Rentals and Services can arrange for private vehicle transfers to Placencia from anywhere in Belize, including  San Ignacio, Corozal, Dangriga, and Belize City. Barefoot also has a fleet of modern vehicles for rent as well as shared shuttle services.

Taxi

Taxis in Belize are not restricted to one city, and can take you from anywhere in the country to Placencia. Be aware that you’ll have to negotiate the price with the driver.

Car Rentals

If you want to get to Placencia on your own, consider renting an SUV from Barefoot Rentals. Barefoot has a simple, no-hassle policy to make renting the right vehicle simple and easy. Barefoot is also able to deliver or receive the vehicle in any reasonable location in Belize including the Belize International Airport, Belize City, San Ignacio or Dangriga.

Bus

The most economical option is to take a bus from Belize City to Placencia. There are two buses that run this route daily, the last leaving at 12:00 PM, so be aware of the schedule if you’re flying in on the same day that you want to travel to Placencia. The journey takes about 3 hours.

To get the best rates on SUVs, and other forms of transportation, consider Barefoot Rentals and Services. Barefoot has a simple no-hassle policy to ensure that all vehicle rentals go smoothly. And if you prefer to let someone else drive you, Barefoot also has private transfer service from all major destinations in Belize to Placencia.

See also: When to visit Belize


Despite the names of the two seasons, Belize’s lush jungles, pristine rainforests, and exotic wildlife thrive due to consistently generous precipitation amounts all year round. The months with the highest amount of rainfall are usually May before the “little dry” period and late September into October. Occasionally, strong storms develop in the Caribbean that can affect Belize, but the country has a modern advanced warning system to handle such events.

Due to its location, the Caribbean Sea maintains year-round warm water temperatures suitable for swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, and other marine activities. Temperatures along the coast tend to be a few degrees cooler than the interior thanks to consistent sea breezes. Some higher elevations in the western part of Belize, especially the Maya Mountains and the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, enjoy temperatures several degrees cooler than the surrounding area. Some parts of northern Corozal District in the north of Belize enjoy cooler weather due to air masses that push south from over the border in Mexico.