Belize’s southern districts are on the rise and as of recent have been growing in popularity for both adventurers and tranquility seekers. While the northern cayes have been in the limelight with popular destinations such as Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, Southern Belize’s charm attracts a host of travelers that can appreciate the modest tranquility of these quaint towns and villages that make up the southern districts.

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Experience local cuisine from the many vendors that serve up great eats!

With an expanse of rich jungles, rain forest and rolling Maya Mountains as far as the eye can see in the Toledo district and more mountains with access to the dancing waters of the Caribbean Sea in Staan Creek, there’s dozens of reason to explore the south!


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Popular villages such as Hopkins and Placencia offer vast opportunities to experience the rich afrocentric Garifuna culture that is predominantly based in the south.Have a go at drumming, dance and local arts at cultural centers based in Hopkins, and nearby communities.


DRUMMING! Local drumming is a must in the south…be sure to checkout Hopkins for a local cultural/drumming center.

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There’s plenty of talent around these parts which means very cool local arts, so shop around as you stroll along the Placencia sidewalk..

Speaking of the Placencia sidewalk 🙂

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Or drift into the jungles at one of the many jungle lodges nestled in the Maya Mountains for endless adventures including hiking, bird watching, zip lining, cave exploration and much more!

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These places also offer a wide range of accommodations to suit any traveler’s budget, whether you are looking for a five star resort, or maybe a comfy little inn…southern Belize knows how to show you a good time without breaking the piggy bank.

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After a long day of exploring, treat yourself to the finer things:-)

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Sea glass jewelry for the picking.

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Tutti Frutti gelato shop (Plancencia). One word- YUM!

So if you’re liking the sound of all of this, Southern Belize might be the place for you. Whether you choose the islands, or jungles Belize has a bit of everything to offer to everyone. We just help you to find that sweet spot 😉

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About the Author: Tamara Sniffin

I’m a sucker for a fuzzy face, a feathered face, a face with fins or even one with scales! I am in love with the creatures and the flora that are synonymous with Belize and every opportunity I have to learn more about them and explore their wild habitats I am there! I’m the happiest when I’m snorkeling the reef and swimming with turtles, however my passion is not just limited to critters! Laced throughout this compact jungle gem of a country live the Kriol, Maya, Garifuna, Mestizo and Spanish people, and experiencing each culture, especially their celebrations is one of my favorite pastimes.

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