Placencia: A charming little seaside town found at the tip of a peninsula off the coast of mainland Belize. It’s becoming the most desirable location as it fronts the gorgeous Caribbean Sea to the east and a resplendent freshwater lagoon, full of wildlife and with a view of the gorgeous Maya mountain chain, to the west.
HOUSING– A lagoon front parcel in the Wild Orchid Lagoon development located a five-minute drive from Placencia Village. 24 hour security. Price: $100,000. A two-bedroom, one-bathroom home on a double lot in a quiet fishing village, one block from the sea in Riversdale, on the north side of the Placencia Peninsula. Garden and fenced yard with decking and cashew, almond, coffee, cacao, and mango trees. Price: $198,000. A two-bedroom, one bathroom upper unit, and two studio apartments on the lower level, with 2,700 square feet of living space. Located on the lagoon, with views of the lagoon and Maya Mountains, just south of the Placencia airstrip. The ground floor is comprised of two private studio apartments, a utility room, and garage. Price: $350,000.
COST OF LIVING- Living a modest lifestyle and avoiding imported goods help to keep the cost of living in Placencia down. Comfortably live here for around $2300 a month.
THINGS TO DO– This one time fishing village offers excellent fishing as well as diving, snorkeling, and boating. If you’re looking for a thrill in Placencia you can swim with the whale shark, the largest fish in the world. Several day diving packages can also be arranged for the highly adventurous.
BOTTOM LINE-Only one of three villages on the entire peninsula, Placencia is largely seen as a vacation spot, but has all you would need to build a life, including supermarkets, brightly painted restaurants, a small domestic airport, and a medical clinic.