The picturesque Hummingbird Highway snakes through the Maya Mountains leading visitors from the north to the jewels of southern Belize. In the Stann Creek district the larger towns and villages are on the coast, providing equal opportunity for inland and marine activities. The vibrant local cultures of the Maya and the Garifuna are alive with rich traditions in this part of Belize, which is also home to the world’s first Jaguar reserve, the intricate architecture of the Maya site at Lubantuun and over five marine protected areas offshore.
Home to the Garifuna, whose culture has been recognized by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, Dangriga is the municipal center of the Stann Creek district and a great choice for experiencing the hypnotic music, vivid art and way of Garifuna life before exploring the islands offshore. The quiet fishing village of Hopkins further down the coast offers gold sand beaches and a range of visitor services.
This 16 mile long peninsula of white sand beaches is home to the communities of Maya Beach, Seine Bight and Placencia Village. Once a scarcely populated fishing village, Placencia has become a thriving tourism center as a quaint seaside resort with a local flair, while the peninsula offers modern resorts, vacation rentals and condominiums.
Punta Gorda, locally known as “PG” is the largest town in the Toledo District, and the gateway to lush rainforest, Maya sites, waterfalls, rivers, extensive cave systems, and numerous national parks and protected areas teeming with wildlife. The sparkling waters and offshore cayes offer snorkeling and diving, and the world-class fishing grounds see fly-fishermen return year after year. Toledo is home to a wide range of cultures, from the inland Maya villages to the thriving Garifuna culture in PG and Barranco village.
Highlights Of Southern Belize:
Garifuna Culture Capital of Dangriga
The Sleepy Fishing Village of Hopkins
Serpon Archaeological Site
The Scarlet Macaws of Red Bank
The Cascading Waterfalls of Bocawina National Park
South Water Caye Marine Reserve – Belize’s Largest Marine Reserve
White Sand Beaches and ‘World Narrowest Street’ in Placencia
Laughing Bird Caye National Park
River Tours up the Monkey River
Maya Sites of Lubantuun and Nim Li Punit
The Refreshing Waterfalls of Rio Blanco
Remnants of Ancient Maya Ceremonies in Hokeb Ha and Tiger Caves
Payne’s Creek National Park
Port Honduras Marine Reserve
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