While in residence at Naїa Resort and Spa, guests are encouraged to immerse themselves in the rich culture and stunning natural beauty of Placencia. Naїa Resort and Spa is located on the Placencia Peninsula, which divides the Caribbean Sea from the Placencia Lagoon along a 16-mile stretch of beautiful beaches and life giving mangrove wetlands. The area was originally settled in by the ancient Maya, most likely as a source of salt, before becoming a haven for buccaneers in the 17th and 18th centuries. The descendants of those adventurers and former African slaves are now the primary inhabitants of Placencia Village, which is located at the southern tip of the Peninsula.
Historically a small fishing village, many residents are now actively involved in tourism, guiding SCUBA diving and snorkeling on the Belize Barrier Reef, as well as taking visitors out on the water for reef or fly fishing. Back on land, Placencia Village moves at its own pace: a diverse community with its own unique flavor— genuinely welcoming without being cloyingly gentrified.
The village of Seine Bight, five miles north of Placencia, is home to the Garifuna, a mixture of Africans and Carib Indians from the Eastern Caribbean who took refuge in Belize in the early 19th century. The Garifuna maintain a unique language and distinct culture, rich in culinary and musical tradition.