Easter is one of the most anticipated holidays in Belize.
Holy Friday and Easter Monday are public & bank holidays, making Easter a 4-day weekend that plays out perfectly for locals and tourists alike looking to explore the country. Many flock to beach destinations and Placencia is at the very top of that list thanks to its beautiful sandy beaches, refreshing water activities and vibrant village life.
Placencia is a beach bum’s paradise! The quaint village sits at the southernmost end of an 18-mile-long peninsula and is home to arguably the best beachfront bars and restaurants that serve up fresh seafood paired with refreshing cocktails. The locals are some of the friendliest people you will ever come across.
Adventure junkies rejoice! Ideally located in the coastal district of Stann Creek, Placencia offers a plethora of outdoor activities. Dive or snorkel the Belize Barrier Reef, kayak along the waters of the Caribbean Sea; hike the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, home to the world’s first jaguar preserve; trek through the rainforest to a 250-foot waterfall and rappel down; or zipline above the jungle canopy for a bird’s-eye view of the lush vegetation below.
Hey, I heard you were a wild one! The long weekend coerces Placencia to trade in its everyday go-slow laid-back way of life for a livelier atmosphere. The village bustles with activity as the two major bars, Barefoot and Tipsy Tuna, throw all-day beach parties that often lead into the wee hours of the morning. Besides endless dancing, drinking and eating, and fun games, many look forward to the annual Bikini and Mr. Physique contests!
If you don’t feel like doing anything, make your way to the water’s edge and treat yourself to a little R&R. Rock the day away in a hammock under one of the many coconut trees that dot the beach, ice-cold Belikin beer in hand. Or wade into the refreshing shallow waters to cool off and wind down. Repeat.
Whatever your preference, know that Easter in Placencia is unlike any other!