The Placencia Peninsula is located in the Stann Creek District in southern Belize and is accessible by land from the Southern Highway near the village of Santa Rosa. The 18-mile long narrow stretch of land begins in the community of Riversdale, continuing to Maya Beach, Seine Bight Village and ending at Placencia Village located at its southern most tip. The Peninsula is only a mile at its widest and is positioned between the Placencia Lagoon on the west, and the Caribbean Sea on the east.
Based on the most recent national census conducted in 2010, the entire Placencia Peninsula is home to 3,458 people.
Populations of the respective communities are as follows:
- Riversdale: 555
- Maya Beach: 225
- Seine Bight Village: 1,166
- Placencia Village: 1,512
Topography and Climate:
The Placencia Peninsula and its nearby islands are flat and low-lying. Elevation rises from less than one meter to 3,688 ft (1,120 meters) at its highest point in the Maya Mountain range, located just 40 miles away from the Peninsula.
The climate of the Placencia Peninsula (and the entire southern region) is more tropical than northern Belize. As with the entire country, there is a wet and dry season during the year separated by a cool transitional period. In the south, the rainy season begins in the middle of May and arrives in the north in mid June. It continues through to November but experiences a drier period in August. The cool transition period occurs from November through February during which rainfall declines and cold fronts occur about 12 times. The true dry season is from February to April.
Maximum temperatures are near 85 °F and the mean lows are in the low 70s. Summers are about 8 degrees warmer than winters. Sea breezes help to moderate hot daytime temperatures, and the mountainous regions in the interior are cooler than the coast, exhibiting a fall in temperature of 5°F/1000 ft. Humidity hovers around 80% throughout the year, although somewhat lower during the months of the dry season.