Do you need a break from your everyday routine? It’s the perfect time to plan a girlfriend getaway! Imagine spending a few days with your best friends, getting pampered, exploring a new destination, and making unforgettable memories together. Placencia, Belize is an ideal location for a perfect getaway. You can stay at the Naia Resort and Spa, get pampered at the resort’s spa, go snorkeling at Silk Caye with Splash Dive Center, and take a sunset cruise with light bites and wine. In this blog post, we will guide you on how to plan the perfect girlfriend getaway in Placencia, Belize.

Plan the Perfect Girlfriend Getaway in Placencia, Belize

How to Get to Placenciaflying Tropic Air

The first thing you need to do is to book your flights to Belize’s main airport. Tropic Air has daily flights to Philip Goldson airport airport in Placencia, which means you don’t have to worry about transportation. Tropic Air is the largest airline in Belize and offers scenic flights, tours, and charters. 

The plane is small and may make stops along the way in other small cities. We had a direct flight when we went there but on the way back we made stop to pick up more people. When flying south sit on the left side of the plane for an ocean view or on the right for a mountain view. 

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Where to Stay in PlacenciaAround Naia Resort and Spa

Once you arrive in Placencia, you can head straight to Naia Resort and Spa, their shuttle will pick you up. It is a quick 14 minute drive. This luxurious resort is located in Placencia on the beach and offers a serene atmosphere. You and your girlfriends can choose from several types of accommodation, including beachfront bungalows and plantation houses. We chose this resort because we wanted a super peaceful stay with good food and of course on the beach! The resort has wheelchair-accessible facilities and an elevator. 

Visit a Spa

Naia Resort and Spa

The Spa area at Naia Resort

After settling in at Naia, book a day at the resort’s spa. The spa offers a variety of services that will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. You and your girlfriends can get massages, facials, body treatments, and more. There’s no better way to start your getaway than a day at the spa! Plan to spend at least an hour there after your treatment to enjoy a beverage and the pool. 

Snorkel at Silk CayeSilk Caye

If you’re seeking an easy adventure, book a snorkeling excursion to Silk Caye with Splash Dive Center. This tiny uninhabited island is located about 45 minutes offshore from Placencia and offers some of the best snorkeling in Belize. You and your friends can snorkel with tropical fish, sea turtles, sting rays, and even nurse sharks. You’ll get to experience the crystal clear waters and stunning marine life of Belize.

We did two snorkel swims. Before lunch, you swim in a circle around the entire island. Then after lunch, you swim out a ways to another reef. After those two experiences, they then take you to another area by boat where you can swim with nurse sharks, sting rays, and if you are lucky sea turtles. There were no turtles they day I went, just sharks and sting rays. 

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Sunset Cruise

One of the best ways to end your day is by taking a sunset cruise. You and your girlfriends can enjoy light bites and wine while taking in the beautiful sunset views of Placencia. It’s the perfect way to unwind after a day of exploring. We went with Splash Dive Center. They don’t really advertise that they offer this but you can request it. I loved their staff so it’s worth asking if they can do it. 

Try Belizean Foods

At breakfast, try some Johnny cakes or fry bread. For lunch or dinner, have some conch soup or conch ceviche. 


 

When is the best time to visit Palencia?

We visited in October which I found to be lovely. But for the top weather conditions February – May is recommended. The average temperature in October for us was a high of  90°F during the day and a low of 80°F at night.

What to Pack for Palencia

  • Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Insect repellent, Water bottle, Hat, Long pants & light long-sleeved shirt, Swimwear, hiking & water shoes, casual comfortable clothing, cameras, chargers, binoculars
  • Prescription medicines that will last during your stay (if applicable); remedies for headaches and upset stomach could be bought at stores (if you prefer particular brands it is recommended to pack your own)

Other Things to Know about Palencia

  • Non-Belizeans pay a $39.25 USD departure tax, however, this should be included in your international airfare
  • 12.5 % GST is charged on all goods and services 
  • Time Zone: GMT-6 (same as US Central Time. We do not observe Daylight Saving Time)
  • Exchange rate: $1.00 USD = $2.00 BZD (US dollars widely accepted)
  • Tipping:  You are expected to tip. Suggested average tip is normally 10% and 15% for exemplary service.
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Conclusion:

A girlfriend getaway to Placencia, Belize, is the perfect way to unplug, unwind, and reconnect with your friends. From luxurious accommodations at Naia Resort and Spa, a day at the resort’s spa, snorkeling at Silk Caye, and a sunset cruise, you are guaranteed to have a wonderful time. This plan would also make for a great honeymoon. Plan your trip today and make memories that will last a lifetime!

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