There’s no question that Belize is an up and coming luxury travel destination. Last year an article appeared in Vogue magazine profiling Placencia as the must-visit travel destination you’ve never heard of. Since that time tourism has continued to rise at a rapid pace. This year a whole new slew of articles have appeared in the media, including one recently in the London Standard, naming Belize as the place to be. As a result, more and more people are pouring in to discover this beautiful seaside gem.
To meet the increased demand from visitors, Placencia is implementing some big changes to make the town more user friendly. Check them out:
Placencia is known for having the smallest walkway in the world, and the narrow, wood planked pathway that runs from the pier and through a collection of cafes and boutiques paralleling the beach is absolutely charming. But go for a walk on the main street one block over and you’d be dodging bikes, cars, other pedestrians, plus navigating ruts in the road and sometimes, if it’s been raining, mud.
Now that’s all changed. A second sidewalk has been constructed alongside the main road in town. Bikes and cars can share the road, pedestrians can stroll safely alongside and navigating mud and ruts is a thing of the past.
The Little Wine Bar
Just down the street from the already popular Rumfish and Vino, and just one block from the pier is Placencia’s newest addition to the foodie scene, The Little Wine Bar. A lifelong dream of owners Jana Belknap and Kevin Quishchan, this bohemian-chic gathering place opened in June of this year and is already making a serious splash on the culinary map.
The Little Wine Bar serves over 30 different kinds of imported wines from all over the world by the glass or bottle. These are paired alongside meats and cheeses sold by the ounce, many from local producers around Belize. This is also the only other place on the peninsula where you can get a glass of Coppola wine, other than at his own resorts.
Fiber Optic Cable
Another exciting and much needed improvement to the peninsula has been the laying of fiber optic cables. If you’ve spent any amount of time in Belize, you know that power outages are common, and phone and internet service is sometimes spotty. Fiber optics are changing all that. Soon connectivity here will be far more reliable and service vastly improved.
These are just a few of the changes that have cropped up with more coming. There’s never been a better time to visit Placencia and experience a truly magnificent destination coming into its own.
Brett Renee Stone is a managing partner and director of communications for Palm Reef Resort.