The culture of Placencia is a mixture of the many groups of people that have inhabited Belize throughout its history. The country considers itself part of both Central America and the Caribbean, so influences from both regions are strong here.

The Placencia Peninsula was isolated from the rest of the coountry for many years, so evolved with its own unique style and pace.

Placencia Village, located at the southern tip of the Placencia Peninsula, was a small viillage with very strong ties to the sea.. The population consisted of mostly Creoles (with both African slaves and European settlers as ancestors), though other ethnic groups such as the Spanish, Maya and Mestizos also lived in the area.  The Placencia Fishermen's Cooperative Society (the Fishermen's Co-op) was one of the most influential and wealthy cooperatives in the country, providing a very good standard of living for the small village, including electricity at night (produced by the Co-op's generator) and even a phone line connecting Placencia with Belize City.   (For more information on the Belize Creole culture, see Wikipedia - Belize Creole Culture .)

Seine Bight Village, a small Garifuna village located about 5 miles north of Placencia Village, produced many of Belize's finest teachers and celebrated its Garifuna culture through artensenal fishing in both the Caribbean Sea and the Placencia Lagoon (with especially strong ties to the Lagoon), its unique religious practices and enjoyment of extended famililies.   (For more information on the Garifuna culture, see Wikipedia - Garifuna Culture.)

With tourism now the major source of income for the peninsula as well as the country, the people of the Placencia Peninsula have adapted well to all the foreign visitors and are, like many islands in the Caribbean, quite friendly and laid-back. The people also strive to live in harmony with their natural surroundings, which include some very beautiful attractions that visitors should not miss.

The Peninsula has also seen a recent influx of Guatemalans and Hondurans who come to the Peninsula primarily for construction jobs.  Some stay after their construction jobs are over, and Seine Bight particularly has seen quite a few local businesses being opened by the "Spanish" as they're called locally.

The Asian population is also increasing on the Pennisula, with almost all grocery stores in Placencia and Seine Bight Villages now owned by the "Chinee" as Asians are referred to locally.