J u s t C h i l l i n g
Activities abound in Placencia.
Days can be spent diving, snorkeling,sailing, fishing, kayaking, hiking, exploring jungle rivers and ancient Maya ruins….
But one often overlooked but always enjoyable “activity” is Relaxing… there have even been reports of people spending their whole holiday on this one activity alone!
Relaxing has become somewhat of an art form for visitors to Placencia. One favorite way to relax is a stroll along The Sidewalk. Once holding the title for “the World’s Narrowest Main Street” in the Guinness Book Of World Records, The Sidewalk had to be rebuilt, after it sustained heavy damage during Hurricane Iris, through the efforts of the all the volunteers and contributors to the Placencia Sidewalk Fund.
While on The Sidewalk you can stop in at various gift shops that offer a wide variety of local arts and crafts, which include shell and coral jewelry, handmade wooden carvings and authentic Mayan basketwork. However, The Sidewalk isn’t the only place to go see all the village has to offer. The “Back Road”, which is really the main road, hosts grocery stores, boutiques, restaurants, the local gas stations, and the Placencia Tourism Center, where you can always stop in for a friendly bit of information.
If the hard work of relaxing causes your stomach to rumble you need not fear. There is such a wide variety of restaurants serving local and international (Italian, French, Chinese, Indian, American, Creole & Mayan) cuisine that it would be impossible for anyone to go hungry! And never forget while in the tropics you must make sure you drink a lot of liquids to prevent dehydration the local bars always have an ice cold drink waiting…
And then there is The Beach. What would relaxing be without the gentle lapping of the waves on the sand, the cool breeze drying off the last of the saltwater from your skin, the smell of sunscreen, and the faint laughter of the children playing in the sea?
If it is nightlife you are after, you are in luck. With Ladies Night specials starting as early in the week as Tuesday and live jammin' to Punta, Soca, and steel drums, or D.J. music running throughout the weekend you’ll never run out of parties to join.
If more excitement is in order there are several holidays celebrated in Belize. This is evident on the Valentine's weekend Placencia Peninsula Arts Festival, Baron Bliss Day March 9th, the Easter Holiday weekend, Whale Shark Days during full moon in March, April, and May, Labor Day May 1st, Commonwealth Day May 24th, and our own pride and joy Placencia Lobsterfest, which is held annuallyover the last full weekend in June (25, 26, 27th in 2010) to celebrate the opening of lobster season. This event has grown to a three-day festival with its famous Fishermen's Day Salt-water Fishing Tournament, games for young and old alike, an incredible variety of Lobster dishes, live music, and people, people, people, having fun, fun, fun!
Placencia has something for everyone!
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