Placencia is a peaceful, sleepy fishing town on a beautiful stretch of unspoilt coastline. Days are spent relaxing on the beach, deep-sea fishing, snorkelling, and wandering to local restaurants to indulge in sumptuous fresh seafood. Whilst Placencia is further away from the coral reefs near Ambergris Caye, it’s an undervalued and under-developed area with pristine beaches, a handful of charming hotels and a relaxed atmosphere – perfect for a beach holiday.
Francis Ford Coppola has a retreat here, Turtle Inn, where a ‘toes-in-the-sand’ ambience is enhanced by some serious luxuries, such as a Balinese Spa, sensational Italian cuisine, an adult-only pool promising that all-enticing peace and quiet, on-site dive shop and top-quality amenities. The hotel also owns a small island off-shore, where you can spend time in complete privacy with a team of charming staff taking care of your every whim. Needless to say, we highly recommend Turtle Inn for a few days of beach bliss.