Getting to Brisa Oceano Resort


Formerly known as a sleepy fishing village, Placencia is fast becoming one of the top vacation destinations in Belize. Located in the Stann Creek District, Placencia Village is the southern-most settlement along the 18 mile stretch that makes up the Placencia Pennisula. The beach is unmatched and provides visitors and locals a pathway to exciting water adventures such as snorkeling, kayaking, diving, fishing and even a change to interact with gigantic Whale Sharks at a certain point in the year. The narrow 3 mile long sidewalk, which was once the main street in the village, is now bustling with shops, restaurants and other tourist attractions. The friendly locals welcome guests to share in the beauty and charm of their village and add to the pleasant ambiance, making Placencia a truly authentic vacation destination.

You’ll love it here!

Placencia Belize map

About Belize

Tucked in next to Guatemala on the west, Mexico to the north, and the Caribbean to the east, Belize is a constitutional monarchy that was originally called British Honduras. Come to Belize and you’ll hear familiar words of the English language. In fact, we are the only English language-speaking country in Central America. While English is the official language of Belize, Kriol is the local dialect spoken. The country is diverse not only with various cultures and languages, but also with extreme biodiversity and distinctive ecosystems. On the coast, there is a swampy coastal plain with mangrove swamps. In the south and interior there are hills and low mountains. Most of the land is undeveloped and is forested with hardwoods. Belize is a part of the Mesoamerican biodiversity hotspot and has many jungles, wildlife reserves, different species of flora and fauna and the largest cave system in Central America. Some species of Belize’s flora and fauna include the black orchid, the mahogany tree, the toucan and tapirs. The Belize Barrier Reef – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is a part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second-largest barrier reef in the world. It is estimated that only 10% of the Belize Barrier Reef’s species have been discovered, with 90% still needing to be researched. Currently, the reef is home to 70 hard coral and 36 soft coral species, 500 species of fish and hundreds of invertebrate species.

Getting to Brisa Oceano Resort

Getting here

All major airlines fly into the country’s only international airport located in Ladyville (nine miles north of Belize City), called Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE).

Travelers coming from the United States and Canada can find several direct flights into BZE. Nonstop air service is available from: Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Miami and Newark. Carriers that offer flights from these cities are American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Grupo TACA.

Placencia By Air

You can fly directly to Placencia from the Belize City international airport. There are about 6-8 flights daily on local commuter airlines Maya Island Air or Tropic Air. A Brisa Oceano shuttle can be scheduled to pick you up at the Placencia Airstrip when you land.

Placencia By Car or Shuttle

The drive from Belize City to Placencia village will take about 3 hours if driven non-stop. To thoroughly enjoy the scenery through the rain forest, this drive is best done during the day. If you are not in a hurry your drive could include stops along the way at local restaurants, the Belize Zoo and other points of interest.

Driving directions from Belize City Airport (BZE) to Placencia, Belize!

  1. You will depart the airport and follow the “International Airport Road” – signs should say – to Belize City. You’ll drive with the airplane runway on your left as you depart the airport.
  2. Next, you’ll turn left onto the “Northern Highway”. This is a little different (easier) than going through Belize City. It will probably add about 10 minutes to your drive, but will make the drive a lot easier to manage.
  3. Proceed North for only about 10 minutes.
  4. Make a left onto the “Burrell Boom Cut”. Burrell Boom is a town and this “cut” will take you around to the Western Highway.
  5. Follow the Burrell Boom Cut all of the way to the Western Highway, where you will go right around the roundabout onto the Western Highway (this turn is in the area of Hattieville).
  6. Go West on the Western Highway.
  7. Follow the Western Highway past the Belize zoo all of the way to Belmopan and the Hummingbird Highway where you will meet a roundabout. Making a left will get you onto the Hummingbird Highway. There should be signs for “Dangriga” / “Punta Gorda” / “Placencia”
  8. You will now be on the Hummingbird Highway. This is by far the prettiest part of the drive. You will wind through hills and towns, up and over bluffs, and through the Mayan mountains.
  9. As you approach Dangriga, you will see a Shell Gas station on your right. The turn off of the Hummingbird Highway and onto the “Southern Highway” is just ahead.
  10. Turn Right onto the Southern Highway. You should see signs for “Punta Gorda” and/or “Placencia”.
  11. Follow the Southern Highway for about 35 minutes, and then you’ll approach a round-a-bout. Here, follow the signs to Placencia. It’s the “left turn” in the round-a-bout.
  12. You are now on the road to the Peninsula. There are no turns off of this road, just lots and lots of speed humps. The only “turn” that appears is a turn off to Riversdale. Don’t make that left, but rather stay on the road to Placencia.
  13. Follow the Peninsula Road all of the way through Seine Bight, past Roberts Grove, the Airstrip and into the Village. You’ll know you’ve arrived in the village when you see the water tower. Once at the water tower, continue straight to you see a Belize Bank sign on the lift side of the road. Brisa Oceano Office is right before you pass the Belize Bank sign, across from the football field. If you pass Tutti fruit ice cream/Rum Fish Restaurant/Chachi’s Pizza, then you have passed it by 3 buildings. You can park in front of the building to check in. Once checked in, you will be escorted on the premise to the resort parking.

A few points:

  • The total drive can take from 3 ½ hours to 4 ½ hours. The speed humps, traffic and familiarity with turns and roads can greatly affect your drive. Be patient and enjoy the drive – it’s very pretty and the most scenic drives in the country.
  • Avoid the “Coastal highway”. This road is not paved and is treacherous. It can be done, but more than an hour will be added on to your total drivetime – and is not worth the headaches.
  • There are several rest stops available should you decide or have the time to stop. A few recommendations would be the Belize Zoo, The Art Box Gallery, Blue Hole National Park, and The Grove House Restaurant at Sleeping Giant.
  • Should the drive be longer than you would like, Brisa Oceano would be more than happy to arrange a 45 minutes local airline flight to Placencia, where we can have a shuttle waiting to transport you to Brisa Oceano.

Be one with Belize

"This was our second time visiting Placencia but our first time staying in Placencia Village. The Brisa condo is first class and a great place to stay in the village. It is walking distance to all the great restaurants, the beach is awesome, and the staff at Brisa was excellent!"
Donna S.