You won’t find many indoor exhibits in this sleepy fishing village turned tourist paradise, but the beauty of its natural attractions more than make up for the lack of museums and cultural centers in Placencia. A half-hour boat ride or a hike along Jungle Trail Walk will bring you to Monkey River, where local guides can take you on a tour of all the beautiful and unique wildlife in Central American forests; keep an eye out for the brightly plumaged birds and an ear out for the deafening screeches of the howler monkeys. Another good place to see wildlife is the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, an hour outside of Placencia, which has the world’s only Jaguar Reserve. However, jaguar sightings here are rare, as the animals are nocturnal, but you may see other rare creatures such as the ocelot, margay, and toucan. Also near Placencia are Mayan ruins and caves such as Lubaantun and Nim Li Punit.

The beaches and cays along the coast, as well as small islands just off the shore of Placencia, make great places to scuba dive, snorkel, hold barbeques and to go fly-fishing or bottom fishing. The shores along Placencia also have many scenic coral reefs and miniature atolls. There are many places in the village renting boats and kayaks for just this sort of excursion.