The Southern Coast Travel Guide
The Placencia office of the Belize Tourism Industry Association is now in a new location behind Re/Max Real Estate on the Main St. The BTIA publishes the Placencia Breeze, an informative monthly newspaper, and has a very helpful website listing all accommodations, restaurants, and bars, www.placencia.com. Another helpful site on Placencia is put together by local resident Mary Toy, www.destinationsbelize.com. Hopkins has several interesting websites put together by local residents, including www.hopkinsbelize.com and www.cometohopkins.com.
Belize Tourism Industry Association. The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) office, also known as the Placencia Tourism Center, in Placencia village offers friendly and helpful information about lodging, tours, transportation, restaurants and other visitor information. In 2013, the office moved to a new location behind Re/Max Property Center on Main Street. The BTIA publishes the informative monthly tabloid newspaper, Placencia Breeze, which is also available online on the Placencia BTIA's website. Main St., Behind Re/Max Property Center, Placencia. 523/4045. www.placencia.com.
The Southern Coast Itineraries
If You Have 3 Days on the Southern Coast
Base yourself in Placencia. On your first full day, walk the Sidewalk in Placencia Village, hear the latest gossip, and get to know a little of village life. Hang out on the beach at your hotel and get on Belize time, then have drinks and dinner in the village, perhaps at Rumfish y Vino, Secret Garden, or La Dolce Vita. If you still have energy, have some Belikins at the Barefoot Bar or Tipsy Tuna. On your second day, take a snorkel trip to Laughing Bird Caye or another snorkel area, or, if you dive, do a full-day dive trip to Turneffe or Glover's atoll. On your final day, drive or take a guided tour to Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. Be sure to stop at the Maya Centre craft cooperative for gift shopping. If there's time, also visit the Mayflower/Bocawina National Park, with its Mayan sites and waterfalls. End the day with dinner at the Bistro at Maya Beach Hotel.