[Editor’s Note: Megan Wood is the first writer-in-residence to participate in the Road Warrior program, a partnership between MatadorU and the Belize Tourism Board. Megan is spending the spring in Belize, documenting traditions of the country’s diverse cultural groups. Each week, she reports on her experiences for Matador, her personal blog, and for other outlets.]
PLACENCIA IS A PENINSULA in southern Belize with 16 miles of sandy beaches — there’s the Caribbean to the east and a quiet lagoon to the west. It’s divided into two parts: south of the airport and north of the airport, though the whole thing can easily be biked on a beach cruiser.
Generally, the southern portion has a greater density of action, with coffee shops, the harbor, guesthouses, and creole restaurants all packed together. The northern half includes the Garifuna village of Seine Bight, is a bit more spread out, and has many of the more expensive resorts.