• 10 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: 

    Zip Lining 
     
     
    It feels dangerous and scary, but it’s actually perfectly safe. Zip lining refers to sailing between platforms mounted high up in the jungle canopy along steel cables. Belize is home to some of the longest zip line courses in the world, many of them several miles long. And few experiences can compare to flying over the tropical rainforest or a jungle waterfall from a bird’s eye perspective. 
     
    Note: Some weight restrictions apply, and participants must be at least 7 years old. All participants are required to wear sturdy shoes (i.e. no flip-flops, clogs, or sandals). 
     
    River and Cave Tubing 
     
     
    The simple inner tube has never been to better use than in Belize. River tubing involves floating down lazy jungle rivers as they wend their way through some of the most beautiful and pristine scenery in the country. Cave tubing is a continuation of the adventure, this time by floating down rivers as they make their way through enormous underground structures. 
     
    Waterfall Swim 
     
     
     
    Belize is a sub-tropical country, and there are few better ways to cool off on a hot sunny day than by enjoying a swim at the base of a jungle waterfall. Belize is home to the tallest waterfalls in Central America, many of which have delightfully refreshing pools at their bottom that are simply ideal for enjoying a swim on a warm day. 
     
    Xunantunich 
     
     
     
    A colossal stone city built in the jungle by the ancient Maya more than 3,000 years ago, Xunantunich is one of the best-excavated Maya cites in the country. In 2016, the largest royal Maya tomb ever discovered was found at Xunantunich. The name of the city means “Stone Woman” because the site is allegedly haunted by a mysterious woman dressed in all white. 
     
    Garifuna Cultural Experience 
     
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    The Garifuna are unique in that they are the only colonial-era people of African descent in the New World who never suffered under the yoke of slavery. After fleeing from British repression on the island of St. Vincent, the Garifuna came to Belize in the 19th century and have been recognized by the United Nations for their contributions to the intangible heritage of humanity.

    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. 

    Fishing 

    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 Rentals has a wide variety of vehicles to rent, including rugged SUVs, dirt bikes, and golf carts that make it easy to get around. Barefoot also organizes day trips to all of the destinations listed above and many more.

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