Placencia is a hotspot for luxury travelers and those buying vacation or real estate homes in Belize. It has some of the best beaches in the country and is a great base for exploring lots of other options on the water or the jungle interior. There’s fishing, scuba diving and easy access to howler monkeys, waterfall jungle excursions, and historic Maya excavations. It only has a population of 1,500 though, so it’s an easy town to navigate.
To give you a shortcut on which Placencia restaurants are worth checking out, we asked local expert Larry France of Chabil Mar Villas to give us a rundown. Take it away Larry!
Placencia is best known for its beaches and excursions, but it is also a “foodie” paradise. The fine dining, best gelato in Central America, street food, and beach front bars make this Village a Belizean gastro paradise.
Sit down to a five-course meal at La Dolce Vita, Rumfish y Vino or Secret Garden one night, followed by, yes, gelato-to-die-for at Tutti Fruiti. Sure you can get all gussied up, but you don’t have to. Your choice! This is Belize, laid back, but loving to dress up and out on the town as well.
Speaking of choices, on any given day or night you can check some of the best home cooking in Belize at Brenda’s, Omar’s, or Grill n’ Go, for example. Check out the beach bar scene all day, where most of the live music is found in the evenings, at local hangouts such as Barefoot Bar, Yoli’s and Tipsy Tuna. How about watching, or joining in with, the locals for the Saturday afternoon horseshoe tournament? Sure thing, no problem mon’. All are welcome.
And, if you are among the vacationers staying at Chabil Mar, the guest exclusive luxury resort in Placencia, you are in for another very special dining treat. All of Chabil Mar’s dining options are al fresco. You choose where you want to dine: Café Mar beach-side, the romance of the private pier, poolside in your bathing suit, or on your personal veranda overlooking the Caribbean Sea perhaps. No matter your choice, it’s all open-air among the palm trees, day and night, under the stars and cool tropical breezes. A guest recently wrote a review about dining there, “Café Mar is not a restaurant in the traditional sense of a building for congregation, but rather an experience in freedom and Mother Nature.”
No need for an all-inclusive resort in Placencia. Why pass up the opportunity to indulge in all the great dining options of the compact area, following your day’s adventure, relaxing your days away on the beach or replenishing your spirit in their infinity pools. You can stroll to the Village along the beach from Chabil Mar or ride a bike to town. Have you ever considered kayaking or paddle boarding to lunch, having a cocktail or cold Beliken beer and then heading back to your Villa oasis? With the Village so close, it’s not only doable, it’s encouraged.
You might just decide to extend your stay in this paradise the local tourism board calls “barefoot perfect.”