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Where is Placencia?
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Placencia, Belize is the 3rd most popular destination for vacation travel in Belize (#1 being Ambergris Caye, and #2 being the Cayo district in western Belize).
Placencia lies along the southeast edge of a 16-mile long peninsula on the southern coastline. The beach runs the entire length of the peninsula, and is composed of granitic sand. This is unusual because all other beaches in the country are composed of coral sands, more typical of the Caribbean Sea. Placencia's proximity to the Maya Mountains, which are made of granite, is the reason for this phenomenon. By far this stupendous beach is what has made Placencia the popular destination that it is.
The village of Placencia, situated on the very tip of this peninsula, has long been a popular place for sport fishermen and has now become a top destination for tourism in the country, and hosts many resorts, hotels, condos, and private homes. Many tours operate out of the town, visiting nearby Mayan Ruins, nature reserves, and caves. But the primary allure of the village are its pristine beaches and access to the many islands lying inside and along the barrier reef, located 25 miles from the coast in this region. Many water sports are available from the lodges, including kayaking, scuba diving, and snorkeling.
Placencia has experienced phenomenal growth in recent years with many new developments occurring up the peninsula. Large hotels, marinas, and subdivisions have been built. The laid back nature of the village of Placencia has been preserved, although some developments, like the huge new destination resort known as The Placencia Belize, threatens this easy-going atmosphere. And further changes are in the works, as Norwegian Cruise Lines is developing a cruise ship port on a nearby island. Once it opens in 2016, cruise ships will be able to land directly on the island, and cruise ship tourists will be shuttled into town for tours and shopping. This huge influx of day tourists (up to 5000 per day) will drastically alter the small town atmosphere of the village.
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