Placencia Peninsula, Belize
The peninsula is a 16-mile beach strip, located in southern Belize and is accessible through the mainland. Several communities form part of the narrow stretch of land and it has become one of Belize’s popular tourism destination. The Placencia Lagoon is a shallow estuary located west of the Peninsula. A total of 3 important watersheds empty into the lagoon including Mango Creek, Jenkis Creek and Waha Leaf Creek. The lagoon is home to remarkable biodiversity with much of the coastline covered by mangroves. However, tourism development and aquaculture has been affecting the health of the lagoon and associated biodiversity.