To get to Placencia, head southeast from Belmopan on the Hummingbird Highway. The highway is one of Belize's better roads, as well as its most scenic. On your right rise the jungle-covered Maya Mountains, largely free of signs of human habitation except for the occasional field of corn or beans. As you approach Dangriga you'll see large citrus groves.
Several small local outfits, including Barefoot Services, rent cars in Placencia. Some also rent golf carts, which can be driven on the roads. Budget, based in Belize City, has a branch in Placencia. Car rental rates in Placencia start at around BZ$160 per day, plus tax.
Barefoot Services (Caribbean Travel and Tours Office, Main St., Placencia Village, Stann Creek. 523/3066 or 629/9602. www.barefootservicesbelize.com. Closed Sat.)
Budget (Live Oak Plaza, south of airstrip, Placencia Village, Stann Creek. 223/2435 in Belize City; 523/3068 in Placencia. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.budget-belize.com.)