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 Big Creek / Placencia - Shore Services

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Placencia Post Office
Main Road , Placencia - halfway to the airstrip
Opening hours: 8:30am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 4:00pm (Weekdays)

Provisions

Supermarkets are located in Placencia Village. They are generally open daily (8am - 10pm), although the hours of operation vary based on the day of the week and the supermarket. All supermarkets accept Visa and Mastercard.

Transport & Travel

There are scheduled daily flight on Tropic Air and Maya Island Air to and from Belize City.

Placencia Regional Airport is approximately a 45 minute flight from Belize City International Airport.

A tax of $56 USD per person is charged when leaving Belize; this must be paid in US Dollars ONLY. If paid by credit card there is an additional charge.

Public buses (mostly ex-USA school buses) are an inexpensive way of getting around. But allow plenty of time as buses stop on demand and this can add considerably to the journey time.

Car rentals in Belize range from $75 US to $85 US per day. It is possible to rent a golf cart in Placencia for local exploring and shopping.

Medical/Health

Dangriga Hospital
Dangriga, Belize, C.A.
Tel:+501 5 22084
This is the closest hospital to Placencia. It can take from 1.5 - 3 hours to get to Dangriga, depending on road conditions.

Attractions

Placencia comes alive in the summer months when the annual Lobster Fest is held. This seafood extravaganza is a celebration of the opening of the lobster season in Belize.

It is also possible to visit several Maya ruins and to go on bird watching and ecological tours from here.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Mar 06, 2018 08:09 PM

Reported by Brian Simm:

After 30 days in Belize you need to extend or sign out. For those heading south the possible check outs are Big Creek from Placencia or Punta Gorda. The latter is a rolly anchorage in the trade winds and so we chose to stay in the popular sheltered anchorage of Placencia town.

You can not now take a boat or dinghy to the port of Big Creek, you will be turned away by security so: -
- water taxi to Mango creek $US 12 return for 2.
- taxi to take you round the offices $US 12.50
- immigration, environment charge $US 7.50 for 2 and boarding charge ( without leaving office) $US 45.00.
- port office to check that you are up to date with your daily fee.
- Customs for Zarpe, 24 hours to leave.
All painless but allow 3 hours or so, best time is 10.00AM water taxi and back for lunch.

Placencia and the southern islands are popular with the large cruising community who keep their boats up the Ria Dulce in Guatamala. Estimate is c. 1000 yachts in area.

Brian Simm
Scraatch, 56 ft Sundeer.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Apr 14, 2016 09:11 PM

Reported 23 March, 2016 by CSSN:
Three men in a dinghy attempted to take our dinghy at around 2:00 AM. They cut the two lines that secured our dinghy to our boat. They must not have seen the cable and lock which made their attempt unsuccessful.

daytripper
daytripper says:
Aug 26, 2015 06:59 PM

When clearing in or out, you will be asked the time you are departing or arrived. be sure to give them a time within business hours otherwise they will charge you an overtime fee - even though you're in their office during business hours. i.e. don't say you're leaving at dawn; say you're leaving at 9:00a.m.. and you can check out a day in advance if you ask nicely.

ozdigennaro
ozdigennaro says:
Apr 29, 2015 02:37 PM

Placencia is a charming little village. Good supermarket and great restaurants.

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