With the first day of Spring creeping up on the third Monday of March, it’s time to start planning your vacation destination—and here’s why Placencia, Belize is perfect for you and your family! “A curious destination,” markets the Belize Tourism Board, and they couldn’t be more on the nose. Sparking curiosity across all destinations, Belize is a multi-faceted vacation destination that encompasses the beautiful, postcard-perfect coconut tree lines beaches one associate with the Caribbean, while also representing its Central American geography with stunning waterfalls and ancient Mayan archeological sites hidden within dense, green rainforests. Although no larger than the state of Massachusetts, Belize promises new experiences for every age of the family in any locale, but the Placencia Peninsula ultimately gives you the best of Belize’s both worlds.
Discover Belize, and by extension, the Placencia Peninsula
English-speaking, Belize averages a comfy 84 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, with the peak of the dry season in Spring favorable prime weather for eco-adventures. After all, Belize is Central American in geography plus Caribbean in ties and culture! With over 400 islands peppering offshore from its coastline, Belize also holds a noteworthy gem: the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second-largest reef in the world.
Experience it from popular populated isles, like Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, or experience inland treasures and pristine cayes (pronounced keys) from its Southeastern Coast like the Placencia Peninsula. Jutting out from the mainland for a paved 17 miles, the Placencia Peninsula is indeed a pleasant point as its name alludes, and it all culminates at the tip with its namesake Placencia Village. Once just a sleepy fishing village, Placencia has grown over the years to accommodate the area’s growing tourism industry. It’s often called the caye (or island) you can drive to with its barefoot-perfect sugar-textured beaches and crystalline waters; with it, you’ll find colorful beachfront accommodations, vacation homes, strong community ties, and family homes passed down through generations.
Kids can build beachfront sandcastles between melting cones from Tutti Frutti Gelateria; adults can relax on bright white sunloungers, Belikin beer in hand; teenagers can plan their snorkeling adventure to hotspots like Turtle Alley and Silk Caye. Regardless of what your family looks like, we know how your vacation can look like: absolutely peace, so long as you do it all from Sea Spray Hotel in Placencia Village, Belize.
Where To Stay in Placencia Village
With multiple ages to please, Sea Spray Hotel promises ample opportunities for quality time together and memories that will last a lifetime. Owned and operated by the same Belizean family, generation after generation, Sea Spray Hotel knows a thing or two about what it takes to vacation—together. After all, Sea Spray Hotel was actually the first hotel established in Placencia Village.
"I was born and raised here in the village, and our passion is to make your stay in Placencia one that will foster fond memories for years to come."
Yvonne Leslie-Coye, owner and managing director
Resting between Placencia’s world-famous sidewalk and the inviting Caribbean Sea, the hotel hosts 19 rooms ranging from a singular private beachfront cabana to economy rooms, to its unobstructed sea view rooms complete with private porches. Perfect for large groups, like multi-generational families, you’re in the heart of the village to keep everyone entertained from arrival to (dreaded) departure. Close enough to everything, yet never compromising the peace and quiet one seeks on vacation.
Getting To Placencia, Belize
After arriving in Belize City at the Philip Goldson International Airport, you’ll transfer either by domestic puddle-jumper plane, private road transfer, or public transportation via bus. Just about 2.5 hours away, traveling by road on the Humminbird Highway is one of the most scenic highways in the country; you’ll navigate on a paved road through verdant river valleys, banana plantations, and lush mountainscapes. However, the short 40-minute flight, either by Tropic Air or Maya Island Air, gives you a birds-eye view of Belize’s lush landscape, meandering rivers, and various coastal settlements like Dangriga Town, Hopkins Village, and more.
Either way, be sure to find your way to the Placencia Peninsula spring for a vacation break that’s unforgettable—or instead, un-Belize-able—thanks to a location like Sea Spray Hotel. Start planning your Belize family vacation with Sea Spray today!