Laru Beya - Placencia, Belize

3-, 4-, or 5-Night Stay at Laru Beya in Coastal Belize

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Beachside Resort near the Belize Barrier Reef and Mayan Ruins

Laru Beya, a beachside resort in southern Belize, takes its name from the Garifuna phrase for “on the beach.” It’s a fitting source—Garifuna villages have long lined the Caribbean coastline throughout Belize and Honduras. Today, the Garifuna community, made up of descendents of Carib Indians and West Africans, regularly pays homage to its heritage with traditional dance and drum circles. You can experience these cultural practices firsthand among the palm-thatch huts of Seine Bight, a Garifuna village just a half hour’s walk from the resort.

Laru Beya’s location along the Placencia Peninsula, a thin ribbon of land along the southern coast of Belize, makes it easy to explore the surrounding country. The resort can arrange water- or land-based tours; visit the Mayan archaeological sites of southern Belize and ride an inner tube through nearby caves. You can also spend your vacation lounging under one of the hotel’s umbrellas on the beach.

Guest rooms highlight Placencia’s culture with artwork and furniture produced by local artisans. Prepare meals or future awards-show speeches in the full kitchen of a one- or two-bedroom suite, or head to The Quarter Deck to feast on local seafood and tropical fruits in an open-air thatch dining room. You’ll find more restaurants and nightlife in Placencia, just a 10-minute drive down the peninsula.

Placencia, Belize: Laid-Back Village with White-Sand Beaches and Manatees

According to Frommer’s, the small coastal village of Placencia is the definition of laid-back. Situated at the southern end of the Placencia Peninsula, a 16-mile strip of white-sand beaches, the village is marked by colorful clapboard houses, turquoise waters, and an easygoing local population. Settle into a hammock with a cold drink or rent a kayak and paddle leisurely through the lagoon—you might even spot a manatee or two.

To see even more marine wildlife, take a boat to the Belize Barrier Reef and snorkel along its labyrinthine coral reefs. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to more than 500 species of fish as well as loggerhead turtles and one of the world’s largest populations of West Indian manatees.

Because of its location on a peninsula, Placencia feels a bit like an island, but it’s close enough to the mainland to take day trips into the jungle and see ancient Mayan ruins and scarlet macaws. Head to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, about a 90-minute drive from the resort, to observe jaguars and other local wildlife in their natural habitat.

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What You Get

  • 3-, 4-, or 5-night stay for up to four in a one- or two-bedroom oceanfront suite
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Policies and Fees

Book by: 1/10/14
Travel by: 2/28/14

  • Blackout dates: not valid 12/23/13–1/3/14
  • Cancellation policy & fees: All cancellations subject to $100 fee. 60-day cancellation notice required or fee of 50% Groupon price applies; 45-day cancellation notice required or fee of Groupon price applies.
  • Taxes: 19% tax not included

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Beach with umbrellas
  • Outdoor infinity swimming pool
  • Mini-golf course
  • Bicycle, kayak, and catamaran rentals
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Free newspapers in the lobby
  • High-speed Internet and WiFi

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 1/10/14 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 2/28/14
  • Not valid 12/23/13-1/3/14
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • All cancellations subject to $100 fee
  • 60-day cancellation notice required or fee of 50% Groupon price applies; 45-day cancellation notice required or fee of Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18+ to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • Must use promotional value in 1 visit
  • Not valid with reward points
  • 19% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

One-Bedroom Oceanfront Suite

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 3
  • Adding occupants above standard: $25 per night for an additional guest 12 or older (rollaway required); no charge for an additional guest 11 or younger on existing bedding
  • Private patio
  • Full kitchen

Two-Bedroom Oceanfront Suite

  • One king bed and one queen bed (some suites have an additional twin bed)
  • Standard occupancy: 4
  • Maximum occupancy: 5
  • Adding occupants above standard: rollaway required for an additional $25 per night
  • Private patio
  • Full kitchen

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 2 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: available for an additional $25 per night
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: About a one hour flight from Belize International Airport to Placencia Airstrip. Resort is 2 miles (3.3 km) from Placencia Airstrip (PLJ)
  • By car: about 110 miles (177 km) from Belize City

Traveler's Tips

  • Before international travel, always check the State Department's website for important info on the destination and its entry/exit requirements.
  • A passport is required for all travel outside the U.S.
  • When driving, look out for unmarked speed bumps as you enter residential areas.

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