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Pool by the sea in Placencia – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe entire Placencia peninsula has completely changed. From north down to south, Placencia has undergone huge development, perhaps more so than anywhere else in the entire country of Belize. The development is very big all the way up north to the Placencia Hotel and it continues as you go down the peninsula going south.
 
The development was so fast that it has changed a lot in less than 10 years. 10 years ago, the development was only in the north but now it goes further down to the rest of the peninsula. There are huge developments in real estate and there are now about 4 or 5 new condo buildings in Placencia. There are many new real estate developments in Placencia. We are now pre-selling properties here. You can buy a condo before the building is even started. Placencia is developing very fast and high.
 
There are a lot of villas in the northern part of Placencia and that area is being developed. There are two huge buildings but they had some finance trouble.  There were some legal issues and they are now not finished. When you go further down south, there is a long two-level condo, which keeps on growing. There is another private villa in that same area.
 
The developments in Placencia are all different. The land is cheap for the people who bought the land a while ago and many of the developments are less than 10 years old. 
 
If you go to Maya Beach in particular, there are so many gorgeous houses, many of which are for sale.  It’s just that the owners are very picky. A lot of those people now want to sell because they believe they can get high prices for their homes. 
 
(Pictured: pool overlooking the sea in Placencia.)
Tamrah Lozano of Boris Mannsfeld & Associates – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Placencia, Belize, as viewed from the air – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingComing from the north, there is a community called Riversdale, which is about 30 minutes away from the town of Placencia by car. Riversdale is a small fishing community. This is the part of the Peninsula that is attached to the mainland. There are some expats there, too. One expat owns the Last Reef resort. Other expats own beachfront houses. The people that live in Riverdale travel down the peninsula or they go to the mainland for shopping and to use the banking facilities.
 
The next place is the Plantation area, which is about 20 minutes away from the Placencia village. There is a hotel there called the Placencia Hotel. There is a new development over there but it is a residential only area. This development is fairly new, only about ten years old.
 
If you keep going south, the next town would be Maya Beach. Maya Beach is a subdivision where most of the expats live. There are several commercial areas in Maya Beach. They also have a bowling alley there. They have an art gallery over there and the rest of it is residential. Maya Beach stretches from the beach to the lagoon. Maya Beach is a bit smaller than the plantation area. The plantation area is the most upscale place and the next would be Maya Harbor in Placencia looking towards the ocean – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingBeach.
 
After Maya Beach, going further south is Seine Bight, which is about 10 minutes away from Placencia. Seine Bight is a local Garifuna community in Placencia. There are some expats in Seine Bight, too. Seine Bight is not a new place but in some areas, you will see some new developments like beach resorts that are under construction. There is a huge development in Seine Bight called Cocomo and there are waterfront properties on the southern part of Seine Bight. There are also resorts in Seine Bight such as Robert’s Grove and Laru Beya.
 
After Seine Bight, there are a several resorts and then as you move down the peninsula of Placencia you will reach the town of Placencia. The town of Placencia is a very beautiful place. It also stretches from the beach to the lagoon. It is the main commercial area of the peninsula.
 
There is only one main road in the entire peninsula going north and south. Other than the main road, there are small roads branching out of the main road. Most of the businesses are on the main road.
 
The whole peninsula would only take you a 25-minute drive to travel the whole distance, north and south.

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