If you’ve planned a trip to Belize, chances are that you’re going to be touching down at Belize International Airport. There’s little need to worry about culture shock. English is the official language of the country, and the locals in Belize are unusually loving, gregarious, and friendly. That said, the right path for checking out everything else Belize has to offer isn’t always obvious. But don’t let that be an impediment to exploring everything this scenic country has to offer.
Belize City is well worth a visit, but you’d be doing yourself a disservice by not visiting the south. The peninsula of Placencia is home to one of the most charming fishing villages in the country, and it’s a prime spot for those who enjoy water sports. Whether you’re looking to snorkel or dive, go parasailing or jet skiing, pet the fins of majestic whale sharks or fish along the Barrier Reef, Placencia offers the best opportunity to explore Belize’s most gorgeous beaches. Here’s what you need to know about getting to Placencia upon your arrival in Belize City.
Flying from Belize City to Placencia
Placencia is home to its own airstrip, and it’s generally well maintained and serviceable. That said, you won’t find any direct flights from outside of Belize straight to the Placencia Airport. Fortunately, you’ll find five domestic flights that will take you straight from Belize City Airport to Placencia most days. A flight is generally the quickest way to get to Placencia too. Domestic flights take approximately 40 minutes, and they can offer you a birds eye view of the sprawling jungles and beaches that the Central American country is so famous for. That said, you can expect to pay a relatively hefty price for the privilege of convenience. Flights from Belize City to Placencia typically run just shy of 200 American dollars. If you want to get to Placencia as fast as possible, a flight is a solid option, but you might well be denying yourself the joy of the journey for the sake of the destination.
Traveling by Shuttle to Placencia
The overland path from Belize City to Placencia isn’t a straight line, and it’s one of the best ways to experience the sheer ecological diversity of this Central American country. Shuttles afford you a scenic view of inland Belize with a range of modern conveniences. These shuttles are clean, comfortable, and well-appointed, and you don’t have to worry about being crowded into cramped quarters like you might with other land-based modes of transportation. The shuttles run daily, and they can cover the 160 mile distance between the cities in just about three and a half hours. Shuttle services typically cost about the same or a little more than flights, but they’re a significantly more immersive experience than taking to the skies. Many shuttles leave directly from outside the Belize City Airport terminals. If you’re looking for the best fares and most comfortable shuttles, be sure to book your journey with Untame Belize. We specialize in private and shared transfers from Belize City to Placencia Village.
Traveling by Taxi to Placencia
Many travelers might have the assumption that taking a cross-country taxi ride would be prohibitively expensive. That’s not the case, but you do want to do your due diligence to make sure that you get a decent deal. While many taxis will be willing to offer you competitive rates for the 160 mile journey, you’ll likely have to negotiate to avoid spending more. That said, if privacy is important to you and you aren’t looking to rent a car, a cab might be a viable option.
Traveling by Bus to Placencia
If you just want to sit back and relax while you enjoy the beautiful scenery of inland Belize, the shuttle is the premium choice. That said, not all travelers are going to have 200 to 300 dollars to spare. Two companies offer bus line services from Belize City to Placencia, but the route is significantly more meandering than the direct line shuttles and transfers. The first bus leaves early in the morning, while the second comfortably arrives at about one o’clock in the afternoon. Buses can be a bit more crowded, and you can expect to sit through multiple stops on the way, but they can also be a great way to rub elbows with the locals. Bus travel is also one of the longest options, clocking in at about five hours for the entire distance.
Traveling by Hired Car to Placencia
Travelers to Belize looking for absolute freedom in their journey might consider renting a car from the Belize City Airport. There are some obvious advantages here. You can take the path to Placencia at your own pace, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to stop and admire the scenery along the way. A rented car means that you also have the freedom to enjoy the south of Belize at your own leisure and go where you want when you want to. While Placencia Village is the hub of activity for the Placencia Peninsula, there also isn’t a lot of travel options within the south. So if you’re staying at a hotel or resort a ways away from Placencia Village, it could be the most sensible option. But rental cars can quickly become expensive, and if you’re staying in Placencia Village proper, you shouldn’t be lacking in options to explore the surrounding areas once you actually arrive.
Traveling by Water to Placencia
If you want to experience a little more of what Belize has to offer (and you don’t get seasick), you may want to consider taking the ferry. While there aren’t any ferries direct out of Belize City, you can take the bus from Belize City to the Independence Village/Mango Creek and then disembark on a quick ten minute ferry ride to Placencia Village. It’s a great way to experience the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, and it allows you to experience life in two of Belize’s larger villages.
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“This year, we booked a full, seven-day vacation in Belize because we wanted to see all the sights. But since we weren’t really sure about driving, especially to rural areas with bad roads, we decided to go with Untame Belize for all the getting around Belize part. What a great choice! Our driver, Rodwell, told us about a couple of cool hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and the service was excellent. I know Belize is a laidback Caribbean kind of place, so it was very nice to get punctual and reliable service. The roads might’ve been a bit bumpy at times, but we were in good hands. I’m so glad we chose Untame for our Belize transportation needs.”
-Mollie Adams, Matthews, North Carolina
“At first, we were going to fly domestically to all the places we wanted to visit in Belize, but it was just too darn expensive. Luckily, we found out that Belize transfers are way cheaper. Turned out that it was much more comfortable too! Instead of cramming into a tiny cropduster plane, we got to relax in style as Untame Belize shuttles took us everywhere we wanted to go. Nothing beats the sights out the window, either, and the air conditioning kept us nice and cool. Plus, there was room for all our luggage, and believe me, we brought way too many suitcases. I’ve got nothing but good things to say about Untame Belize shuttles and transfers. Punctual, affordable, and did everything they promised with no fuss.”
-Anthony Warner, Norristown, Pennsylvania
“After booking our flight to Belize, my wife asked me how we were going to get around. I then started looking into Belize airport shuttles because our AirBNB was way in the country, and I wasn’t sure if I was up to driving in such rough terrain. Luckily, Untame Belize transportation services were offering everything we needed. They picked us up right on time, knew exactly where to go, and my wife and kids absolutely loved looking at all the scenery en route. We also got some local tips on a seafood restaurant that serves up amazing grilled fish caught that same day. Can’t thank Untame enough for being such a reliable and affordable service. We even booked one of those ATV trips in the jungle when we heard about it from our driver. We had a great time on our vacation and never worried for a second about getting around thanks to Untame Belize.”
-Denny Hodge, Warrensburg, Missouri