South & Central America Travel

A Taste of Expat Life in Placencia, Belize

Location: Placencia Belize

It’s a refreshing change being in a place with people our own age.  It’s unusual.  We always find ourselves with younger people.  But here in Placencia, Belize we fit right in; fabulous fifties, retired, North Americans, English speakers.

A taste of expat life

Placencia pier

Placencia is both a true expat village and a North American snow bird village, where Canadian and American retirees are in abundance.

I’m really enjoying this colorful little Caribbean village.  My favorite town in Belize.  It has a very local vibe

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despite the expat community.  There are significantly more expats than short-term visitors, but still there are many options for lodging for short-term.  Our Airbnb “Ally’s Guesthouse” is great.

It’s a perfect chance for us to get the feel for what it would be

A taste of expat life

The lagoon view at our Airbnb

like to settle somewhere for six months of the year or longer – something we see as possible in the future.  I could spend half a year here.  Not much to not like about this place.

Placencia has the best beaches we have seen in Belize; warm water, white sand and clean – despite the sargasso grass that seasonally washes on shore.

A taste of expat life

Says it all about Placencia

As usual we cook in our Airbnb, but Placencia has a nice variety of restaurants.  Our favorites so far include Mr. Que for BBQ where we had a full meal for $5 USD,  Barefoot for toes in the sand beers and De Tatch for seafood.  Hands down the best meal has been  Rumfish, where I unexpectedly had the most delicious beef short ribs. We also love the coffee at Above Grounds and Brewed Awakening, the ice cream at Tuttie Fruitie, and the cinnamon

A taste of expat life

Barefoot Restaurant

rolls at John the Bakerman.

Our Airbnb is about a mile from the farthest end of town, but the walk is easy and along the way are several excellent grocery stores, many other shops and all the restaurants mentioned above. Placencia is flat as a pancake, so it’s a great place for cycling, walking and a daily run.  But on the other


hand, not a great place during hurricane season.

There is a concrete boardwalk that runs the full length of town, set about 100 yards from the beach.  The boardwalk runs through a colorful collection of beach cabanas, shops and restaurants.  It’s my favorite place in Placencia.

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Flat & easy for a run or ride

Though we have spent most of our time doing nothing more than

reading and swimming, Placencia has great options for sailing, snorkeling, diving, kayaking and more.  We don’t have a car, and you

A taste of expat life

De Tatch Restaurant

don’t need one unless you want to get out-of-town to the Mayan ruins, waterfalls, hiking or other beaches.  For us, our time here in Placencia is just to relax.

A taste of expat life

Yummy coffee and shakes

The locals are a mix of Garifuna, Maya,and Spanish descent.  Placencia population is about 3600. Everyone is friendly and helpful.  It’s a very laid back and casual culture.  Not a day goes by that I have not been offered to buy marijuana.  ‘Hey Mon – one love for da road, dis day? Sista like da weed?”

No thanks.  I get high everyday just being on this Fab Fifties Life journey. Thanks for following.

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  • Reply Ann MacLean

    Awe Lovely, thank you Laureen! You brought me right back to my special time in Placencia! I have some of the same pics and the boardwalk was my favourite place too.

    March 22, 2019 at 9:19 am
    • Reply Laureen

      I have thought of you often hear!

      March 22, 2019 at 9:21 am
  • Reply Doreen Pendgracs

    We, too, loved Placencia. We really enjoyed spending time in the village, but we stayed up the road at a beach resort. It was great, but we did have to take a cab every time we went into town. Spent some time at the Tipsy Tuna. I recognized your photo of this great local hot spot and it made me smile.

    March 22, 2019 at 3:45 pm
  • Reply Lori Tripoli

    Belize is one of my favorite places. Thanks for sharing your experience in Placencia. I would love to retire there.

    March 23, 2019 at 10:21 am
  • Reply Jessica

    How’s the weather in Placencia in August?

    June 19, 2019 at 3:02 pm
    • Reply Laureen

      I have not been there in August but I think It is pretty wet and rainy then.

      June 19, 2019 at 3:32 pm
      • Reply Susan

        We spent 12 days in Belize this past August, five of them in Placencia. It was hot and very humid, but it didn’t rain until after we left in early September. We were told it was unusual for it not to rain at all, and later found out that September and October were quite rainy. Even so, it usually doesn’t rain for long. The best part is that we are pulling up stakes, selling our home in Kansas, and moving to Belize next May!

        December 22, 2019 at 6:56 am

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