Embarking on my inaugural journey to Belize, anticipation filled the air as I eagerly awaited the experiences this captivating country had in store. My choice of accommodation, the Placencia Resort, a gem among the remarkable collection of Muy’on Resorts in Belize, set the stage for an unforgettable stay.

Arriving in Belize City, the mainland gateway, I discovered that most tourists and locals alike advise against extended stays due to concerns about gang activity. As an American traveler, I found that perceptions of danger often vary across borders, with what may be considered normal in the United States causing concern elsewhere.

To access the idyllic islands from Belize City, one must choose between a leisurely water taxi or a swift flight aboard a local airline. Opting for the budget-conscious traveler, the water taxi proves an economical choice, albeit with a travel time of 2 to 3 hours. Alternatively, a round-trip flight with a local airline costs approximately $200 and whisks you to your island destination in a mere 15 to 20 minutes. Boarding the compact aircraft, one can’t help but feel every movement, so those with flying apprehensions might prefer alternative means. Nevertheless, the aerial view bestows a breathtaking panorama of the entire country, making it a delight for the intrepid explorer.

Placencia Resort extends a warm welcome, offering a complimentary shuttle service from the local island airport exclusively for their esteemed guests. Additionally, a convenient shuttle is available to whisk guests to and from the village, ensuring easy access to the local charms.

The resort itself, nestled along the pristine beachfront, provides a plethora of complimentary amenities, including paddle boats and kayaks for those craving aquatic adventures. Moreover, various food packages cater to the culinary desires of guests, enhancing their stay with delectable delights.

Each day, the resort offers an array of optional excursions for an additional fee, ensuring a dynamic and enriching experience. Personally, my stay was highlighted by a captivating day trip to Raguanya Island. A boat whisked us away from the resort, and after a delightful hour-long journey, we arrived at this secluded oasis. At Raguanya, the options were boundless, from snorkeling and swimming with sharks to paddle boating and kayaking. A mouthwatering barbecue chicken dinner was provided, accompanied by lively music and a well-stocked island bar—a perfect recipe for relaxation amidst the serene beachscape.

Without a doubt, my favorite aspect of the journey was the ethereal beauty of the crystal-clear waters, which beckoned me to immerse myself in their captivating embrace. The island and its cuisine left an indelible mark on my heart, while the warm hospitality of the Belizean people ensured that every encounter left a lasting impression.


While Placencia Belize may not be renowned for its vibrant nightlife, it more than compensates with its tranquil ambiance and serene vibes. However, the village does offer a selection of venues where one can enjoy music, karaoke, and libations if seeking a lively evening. The culinary scene in Belize proved to be a revelation, as every dish I sampled delighted my taste buds. The genuine kindness of the locals further enriched my experience, leaving an enduring impression of Belizean hospitality.

If planning a visit, I recommend avoiding the week of Easter, as the majority of the island shuts down to celebrate this cherished holiday, leaving limited options for exploration and indulgence. I unwittingly arrived during this period, only to realize the depth of Easter festivities celebrated in other countries.

In summary, my stay at the Placencia Resort in Belize was an exceptional experience, one I wholeheartedly endorse and would gladly repeat in another part of this remarkable country. Belize has left an indelible mark on my adventurous soul.


Photo Credits: Alex