Maya Beach on the Placencia Peninsula
Maya Beach, situated on the Placencia Peninsula about 8 miles north of Placencia is a quiet settlement but has a few great restaurants and bars as well as a larger supermarket. It stretches about 1 mile along the beautiful Placencia Peninsula and offers the best beach in Belize and of course access to the Placencia lagoon where manatees, dolphins and even turtles can be watched. Did we mention that there is a great sunset over the Mayan Mountains as well?
The peninsula is a very narrow sandy stretch about 20 miles long with access to the Caribbean Sea and the Placencia Lagoon, starting with the settlement of Riversdale on the top of the peninsula, then Maya Beach, Seine Bight Village and Placencia Village.
Placencia Village is a pretty Creole town with lots of restaurants, bars and shops. You can either get there by renting a car, bike, take the local bus or grab a taxi. Seine Bight Village offers you an insight in Garifuna culture and you can try some Garifuna dishes. If you are interested in learning more about the Garifunas click here.
What can you do in or around Maya Beach?
- Never seen a whale shark? Between March and June the giants come and visit Gladden Spit
- Not a diver yet? Courses are offered!
- Swimming - the local beach is just footsteps away
- Visit Cockscomb Basin and other nature reserves
- Do a Monkey River and Manatee tour
- Visit the Mayan ruins
- Visit caves and do some cave tubing
- Ziplining is a lot of fun too!
- Need more relaxation? Get a massage or a spa treatment
- Visit a local farm eg spice farm or banana farm
- Watch the wildlife - you can do that by just sitting in the garden
- Rent a car and explore yourself the beauty of Belize
- and much more