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Placencia, Belize

Belize's Quintessential White-Sand Caribbean Haven...

This haven is somewhat of a secret in the Caribbean… Seventeen miles of the most beautiful, vacant, white sandy beaches… Dazzling turquoise blue water, teaming with fish… Cooling trade winds gently caress the palm trees, and white beaches that offer perfect launching grounds for excursions to the myriad of cayes that abound around this little peninsula of paradise…

Placencia is a 17-mile long sand spit that is at most only a quarter mile wide. The one-time fishing village turned quiet tourist destination boasts high-quality developments, high-quality people, and little to no crime… just an abundance of
deserted white beaches, turquoise waters, and relaxed luxury.

What to do in Placencia

Today, tourism is the mainstay of the peninsula. The natural riches Belize enjoys makes scuba diving and snorkeling in the many marine reserves a spectacular experience.

Placencia offers some of the best culinary options in all of Belize. From Indian, Italian, gelato, and pizza to fresh fish and authentic local cuisine, there is a surprising amount on offer for such an intimate location. Placencia has a casino and a golf course accessible by a short boat ride and a spa located in the village.

There is a small but significant expat group on the peninsula. In Placencia you find all sorts of expats to meet and socialize with. The majority of all new developments are bought by newcomers, and  social outlets available to expats have been increasing.

 

Cost of Living in Placencia

The cost of living in Placencia is higher than in some other places on the mainland of Belize. However, this does not mean that that life is exorbitantly expensive here. Rent for a single unit can be as low as US$500 per month.

While one can find household help for prices all the way down to minimum wage of US$1.75 per hour, it’s highly recommended that you don’t underpay those who have access to your home.

If you’re looking for fresh seafood, many people go to the Fishermen’s Cooperative at the end of the main street. There you can shop around and buy a variety of foods and other other items for very reasonable prices.

Penny-Pincher’s Budget for Placencia, Belize

ExpenseCostNotes
Total Monthly ExpensesBZ$2,301.00US$1,151.00
RentBZ$1,000Most basic kind of rental.
TransportationBZ$100Bus, taxi, etc.
GasBZ$15Cooking and heating
ElectricityBZ$100
WaterBZ$30
TelephoneBZ$100
Garbage CollectionBZ$30
InternetBZ$80
EntertainmentBZ$400
GroceriesBZ$400

Apartment or House Rental Budget for Placencia, Belize

ExpenseCostNotes
Total Monthly ExpensesBZ$5,431.00US$2,715.00
RentBZ$2,500This would provide a good quality apartment.
Property Taxes
TransportationBZ$400Bus, taxi, etc.
GasBZ$15Cooking and heating
ElectricityBZ$350
WaterBZ$50
TelephoneBZ$200
Household HelpBZ$2004 times per month
EntertainmentBZ$800
GroceriesBZ$600
Gym MembershipBZ$100
Medical AppointmentBZ$50

Apartment or House Ownership Budget for Placencia, Belize

ExpenseCostNotes
Total Monthly ExpensesBZ$3,496.00US$1,748.00
Mortgage-Not included (Large variation in price)
HOA FeesBZ$500Only applies within development
Property TaxesBZ$40
TransportationBZ$400
GasBZ$15Cooking and heating
ElectricityBZ$350
WaterBZ$80
TelephoneBZ$200
Garbage CollectionBZ$40
InternetBZ$75
Cable TVBZ$46
Household HelpBZ$2004 times per month
EntertainmentBZ$800
GroceriesBZ$600
Gym MembershipBZ$100
Medical AppointmentBZ$50