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Where in the world: Central America  /  Belize  /  Stann Creek  /  Placencia

Top 15 things to do in Placencia

1. Laughing Bird Caye National Park

Laughing Bird Caye National Park represents a distinctive island that sits on an unusually narrow ridge of reef. Named after a bird which used to breed here, the park is home to an abundance of coral habitats and marine life. The tropical island features white sand and palm trees, and is surrounded by coral reefs. This allows visitors to mix snorkeling, diving, and island exploration into their visit, but you must rent a boat and guide out of Placencia. Lunch can be organized through your guide, with possibilities for a picnic or a beach barbeque.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $125 › Learn more about Laughing Bird Caye National Park

2. Boat Tours & Water Sports

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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3. Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve, Dangriga

The world's only Jaguar reserve, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve sprawls over 150 sq m (1614 sq ft), making it Belize's largest protected area. Toward the eastern side of the reserve, a series of bio-diverse jungle trails weave through thick forest floors, beneath canopies full of over 300 species of bird. Due to the elusive nature of the Jaguar, don't expect to spot one amongst the undergrowth, however the visitor center will happily provide you with plenty of information about the sanctuary's feline inhabitants. Plenty of other wildlife live here, so look out for howler monkeys, gibnut and snakes while you hike.
Suggested duration: 3h 30 min
Tours from $100 › Learn more about Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve

4. Snorkel the Perfect Tropical Isle Silk Caye with Turtles, Rays and Sharks

FROM $150
Silk Cayes is a marine reserve consisting of 3 small islands formerly known as the Queen Cayes. This Marine Reserve hosts over 25 species of reef fish, with a variety of coral and other marine life! The Silk Caye is one of healthiest areas in the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System due to its location and protected status. It is a great destination to snorkel, scuba dive or simply spend a day on the island! Snorkelers explore the reefs surrounding the islands. Scuba Divers explore the the barrier reef wall and other dive sites the Silk Cayes have to offer. As a bonus just before returning to Placencia, everyone has an opportunity to snorkel with rays, sharks and (usually) huge turtles in an area where the local fishermen clean their catch - when the critters hear the boat engines, they think it is meal time and come to the dive boat.
Suggested duration: 8h
Tours from $150 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Scuba & Snorkeling

Suggested duration: 4 hours
Tours from $150 › Learn more about Scuba & Snorkeling

6. Horseback Riding Tours

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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7. Scuba & Snorkeling, Hopkins

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $220 › Learn more about Scuba & Snorkeling

8. Snorkel and Island Experience at Laughing Bird Caye National Park

FROM $125
Laughing Bird Caye is a National Park and World Heritage Site. It is a long and narrow island known for its abundance of marine life and corals. The name comes from the gulls that are among the many birds that Inhabit the north end of the caye. Laughing Bird Caye offers excellent snorkeling as would be expected at a national park. On the east side of the island coral mounds separated by sandy patches rise to about 5 feet from the surface. These mounds have a variety of coral types which are home to lobsters, barracuda, lizardfish, angel fish, parrot fish, spotted drums, southern rays and a myriad of reef fish. On the west side your guide will find lobster, barracuda, lizardfish, Nassau grouper, angel fish, furry sea cucumbers, conch and lots and lots of colourful juvenile reef fish.
Suggested duration: 6h
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9. Glover's Reef Marine Reserve, Hopkins

Explore the biodiversity of marine life at Glover's Reef Marine Reserve, a conservation area set on an atoll just off the Belize coastline. The reserve boasts some of the most plentiful and varying reef types in the western Caribbean. Take a dive here to observe rays and endangered Nassau grouper among the colorful corals. The reserve also offers a delicious regional-style meal. A group of renowned coral scientists established the site in 1973 as the ideal location for carrying out long-term research into coral reef ecosystems.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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10. Shark Diving

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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11. Kayaking & Canoeing

Suggested duration: 4h 30 min
Tours from $95 › Learn more about Kayaking & Canoeing

12. Barrier Reef Snorkel: Half Day

FROM $225
The UNESCO listed the Great Belize Barrier Reef as one of the most diverse eco-systems in the world made up of over 100 coral species and home to some 500 species of fish and hundreds of invertebrates. Our snorkeling tour takes you on a 30-40 minutes boat ride to the Southern Barrier Reef which offers several different snorkeling sites within the reserve for beginners and experienced snorkelers.
Suggested duration: 4h
Tours from $225 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Spas

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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14. Outback Trails, Kendal

Test your horseback riding skills at Outback Trails, suitable for both beginner and experienced riders. Knowledgeable wranglers provide brief training sessions, followed by a scenic ride through rainforests, sugarcane fields, and along a pristine river. During the ride, you will have a chance to capture striking panoramic views, so don't forget your camera. Groups are limited to 10 riders each, so ensure your participation by booking in advance.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $128 › Learn more about Outback Trails

15. Barrier Reef Snorkel & Fishing Combo

FROM $220
Get the most bang for your buck with our fishing and snorkeling combination trip! Start your trip off by catching fresh bait with cast nets near the mangrove formations then spend the morning fishing along the barrier reef.
Suggested duration: 7h
Tours from $220 › More about this tour at viator.com ›