The Placencia Peninsula is an outdoor-lover’s dream. On the west side of the skinny strip of paradise you’ll find the always tranquil Placencia Lagoon, a vibrant ecosystem teeming with wildlife and backdropped by a breath-taking silhouette of mountains that mark their space in Belize and Guatemala. And just a short walk across the road will give you access to one of the most beautiful beaches in Belize, dotted with shady coconut trees.
But let’s not overlook that road. It’s a beautiful stretch of flat asphalt that runs 18-miles along the famous peninsula in southern Belize and appreciated each year by runners from both near and far across the globe during the annual End of the World Marathon.
At Captain Jak’s, we have just what you need to appreciate this special place. Rent a bicycle, set your beach bag in the basket and ride along the side of the road at your own pace while taking in the vibrant blues of the sea that will peek at you from behind the boutique hotels, houses and coconut trees along the way.
Or, go explore the off-road nooks of the Peninsula communities. Park and lock your bike and go wander the famous sidewalk in Placencia Village. Perhaps you might want to stop in at the children’s library at the community center in Seine Bight Village and volunteer to read a fun book to the local children. By the time you make it back to your room after sundown, you’re bound to have plenty of beautiful and intimate photos (or just memories) to share with your friends.
Need to make it through the tropical heat a little faster or have some fun outside during a light rain shower? Consider renting a golf cart. Choose to visit the independent bars and restaurants in Placencia Village or venture to the north for a pool day at one of the large resorts or even for a game of bowling at Jaguar Lanes in Maya Beach.
Of course, if you’re visiting in late 2019 or after, you’ll want to spend some time at the new “Miniature Golf Course at Sirenian Bay.” Even if you’re not a fan of the sport, the first state-of-the-art mini-golf course in Belize will be a wonder in itself to see, and you can always enjoy a drink or bite at “Inky’s Ninth Hole.”
Want to get up close with nature? Definitely go for a kayaking adventure along the Placencia Lagoon where manatees and dolphins play and fish thrive. Much of the Placencia Lagoon is lined with mangroves that provide a vital nursery to wildlife. You’ll also find birds of all kinds perched on their branches or flying overhead. An iguana may startle you among the mangrove leaves too. If the gentle winds prevail, paddle your way out of the Placencia Harbor by the Municipal Pier to the sea along the beach front for a more of a workout and salty air. You can always pull your kayak ashore and enjoy a refreshment at the Barefoot Bar or Tipsy Tuna.
The outdoor adventures don’t stop on the Placencia Peninsula. At Captain Jak’s you can also book a tour that will take you off the Peninsula for jungle adventures and tours of the ancient Maya temples or a fishing, snorkelling or diving trip near the cayes with experienced Belizean boat captains and guides.
Whatever you’re idea of adventure, we’ve got you covered! Get in touch today and let’s start planning your dream Belizean vacation.