Getting Here and Around in Placencia Peninsula

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Getting Here and Around

Both Tropic Air and Maya Island Air fly from Belize City to Placencia, usually with a quick stop in Dangriga, and also from Punta Gorda. The airstrip is about 2 miles (3 km) north of the center of Placencia Village. A so-called international airport has been under construction for years about 2 miles (3 km) northwest of the Placencia peninsula, though in mid-2013 construction on the airport had slowed to a standstill. Details on when and if the airport will open or the flights it will have are, as of this writing, only speculative.

By road, from the Southern Highway at Mile 22.2, it's about 8¼ miles (14 km) to Riversdale, 15¼ miles (26 km) to Maya Beach, 19 miles (31 km) to Seine Bight, and 25 miles (41 km) to Placencia Village. The road is completely paved. Ritchie's Bus Line has buses between Dangriga and Placencia three or four times a day.

Since there's no point-to-point bus service on the peninsula, and taxis are expensive (BZ$50 one-way between Placencia Village and The Placencia hotel area at the northern end of the peninsula), a rental car can be handy. If you haven't rented one in Belize City, you can rent one locally. Currently there are several car-rental agencies on the peninsula, plus a branch of Belize City's Budget agency. Expect to pay BZ$160 and up per day for a rental.

Contacts

Barefoot Services. Barefoot rents cars, trucks, SUVs, motorscooters, and golf carts. Car rentals start at BZ$150 a day plus 15% tax and service fee. The company also will deliver vehicles to Dangriga, Hopkins, and Punta Gorda. Main St., Placencia. 523/3066. www.barefootservicesbelize.com. Closed Sat.

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