Life on a Tiny Nameless Island in the Placencia Lagoon of Belize

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Just off the southwest tip of the Placencia Peninsula in Stann Creek, Belize, sits a small island in the Placencia Lagoon. I had never heard of it before Greg and I landed there for the last ten weeks of our 6-1/2-month adventure in Belize. I was excited to be staying in Placencia. I had been to Belize on three previous trips but had never made it this far south.  And now, staying on this tiny, nameless island was going to make this adventure even more special.

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Life on a Tiny Nameless Island in the Placencia Lagoon of Belize

The Logistics of Staying on This Tiny, Nameless Island in the Placencia Lagoon of Belize

At its shortest, the distance from this Placencia Lagoon Island to the Placencia Peninsula is about 80 feet. That adds a level of complexity (or fun, depending on how you look at it) to getting to and from Placencia Village. And you will need to go to Placencia Village from time to time for groceries, restaurants, bars, etc. So, a boat is a necessity. It doesn’t have to be a big boat – it doesn’t even need to be motorized.  A small skiff came with our house rental and it was perfect for getting back and forth.

Each time we went into town we just rowed over to the opposite shore in our skiff and tied it up to the dock. On our return, we had a covered area under which to dock it that was just a few yards from our front door. Covered docking area is important for simple craft, because it rains a lot in Belize and a small skiff like ours could get swamped very easily. So, if you’re going to leave for any extended period of time – like taking a day trip from Placencia, for instance – you need to do it on a clear day. Otherwise you may come home to a massive underwater headache.

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This is a typical Caribbean sunset viewed from the Placencia Lagoon. Image credit: Cherri Megasko

Facilities on This Tiny, Nameless Island in the Placencia Lagoon of Belize

Other than lodging accommodations, there just isn’t much on this tiny, nameless Island … but that’s what makes it so special. It’s incredibly quiet and beautiful and almost entirely free from touristy vibe. The SailFish Resort does have a bar and pool open to the public for a very nominal use fee and the owners there (Mike, Jen and their son, Clinton) are delightful people. On the southernmost tip of the island is an impressive pier from which you can fish or watch the gorgeous Belizean sunsets.

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You don’t even have to get in the water to see manatees in the Placencia Lagoon.

Marine Life around This Tiny, Nameless Island in the Placencia Lagoon of Belize

You won’t want to leave your house without your camera because the marine life that frequents the Placencia Lagoon is incredible. Just hanging out you’ll likely see bright orange Bahama starfish, jellyfish, barracuda, seahorses, spotted eagle rays, octopi, dolphins, saltwater crocodiles and – wait for it … manatees! No lie … manatees!

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Both Greg and I added the Lineated Woodpecker to our Life List while staying on a small island in the Placencia Lagoon, Placencia, Belize. Image credit: Greg Todd

Birdwatching on This Tiny, Nameless Island in the Placencia Lagoon of Belize

I have no idea the total number of bird species that frequent the island, but I’m guessing we spotted at least 30 in the ten weeks we were there (Oct. – Dec.). There were multiple times when Greg spotted a half dozen species at a time all perched in the same tree. The bright reds, yellows and oranges of their feathers kept our heads turning the entire time we were there. We hung a hummingbird feeder and had visitors within a few minutes. This is the absolute best place I’ve ever stayed for birdwatching.

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This photo was taken from our back deck. This is where Greg often fished and caught our dinner. Image credit: Cherri Megasko

Fishing on This Tiny, Nameless Island in the Placencia Lagoon of Belize

We didn’t do a whole lot of fishing while we were there but it’s unbelievably convenient. You can fish from the pier where you’re likely to catch barracuda and snapper (both delicious) or from any spot along the lagoon. The house we rented had a wrap-around deck and from the back stairs, we only had to walk ten steps to be at the water’s edge. Greg caught four decent-sized snappers in an hour one day and fileted them out for our dinner that evening.

Are There Any Down Sides to Staying on This Tiny, Nameless Island in the Placencia Lagoon of Belize?

For us, the only not-so-fun thing about staying there was the bugs. We were right on the lagoon and the mosquitoes and no-see-ums were pretty bad. We’d sit out on the deck with fans on us and three mosquito coils burning and still get bitten up. Greg doesn’t get bothered as much by bugs as I do, but there were many times when he’d have to go inside because they were so bad. For me it was particularly bothersome because not only do mosquitoes love me, I’m also very allergic. However – Belize is covered with rainforest and there are mosquitoes everywhere – the Placencia Lagoon is no worse than anywhere else I’ve stayed in Belize.

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8 thoughts on “Life on a Tiny Nameless Island in the Placencia Lagoon of Belize

    1. Cherri Megasko Post author

      Jacquelyn – Greg used insect repellent a lot because he stayed outside reading for hours almost every day. I hate using insect repellent so I stayed inside a lot.

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