Hi, I just got back from Belize and haven't had a chance to post a trip report yet, but I wanted to warn visitors about the state of Placencia beaches for those arriving soon. We stayed in Placencia Aug. 13-17 and were horrified at the condition of the beaches. We heard many different stories from locals but the fact is, there is garbage (mostly plastic) down the entire beach. While we were there, no one was picking it up and the local garbage truck was broken. There must have been some work done before we got there because there were stuffed garbage bags along the beach. The problem is, the garbage just keeps coming from the sea. In my opinion, the garbage condition where we stayed was severe but we still enjoyed our stay. If you plan on going, you may want to find out the current garbage condition. Locals said the beach was better up north, so you may want to look into maya beach area instead. They said it gets worse further south...and I do know that the government is trying to get help cleaning it up...but there was no one cleaning it up while we were there. Like I said, it was VERY bad and disappointing...the condition in Caye Caulker was much better.