Most visitors to Belize head straight for one of its best-known islands. While Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker are charming destinations, we think you can find an equally great vacation spot by heading to the southern part of Belize. The Placencia Peninsula is the heart of this charming, laid-back area.
Exploring the Southern Side of Belize
The south of Belize is home to the Stann Creek and Toledo Districts – both destinations offer a wild, unspoiled region of lush jungles, meandering rivers, sweeping savannahs, and a rural, untouched nature that few tourists experience.
Both places are also a celebration of Belize’s nature in all its aspects. It has many well-known wildlife sanctuaries and nature preserves. One top attraction to visit in Southern Belize is the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary & Jaguar Preserve, the only jaguar reserve in the world. At this nature park, you can go hiking, bird watching as well as jaguar spotting.
Experience Belize’s Cultural Diversity
Belize has welcomed many cultures over the course of its history. Today, you can find Maya, East Indian, Garifuna, Chinese, Dutch and English people living in the southern region of Belize.
While you’re here, don’t miss a trip to Dangriga. Known as “the cultural capital of Belize,” this lively town connects artists, dancers, musicians and other artists who celebrate Belize’s Afro-Caribbean Garifuna culture.
A few miles south of Dangriga, Hopkins is a traditional fishing village where you can experience authentic Garifuna food and cultural activities.
The Joys of Placencia
At the southernmost section of Belize is the gorgeous Placencia Peninsula. Boasting 18 miles of beachfront, Placencia is an ideal vacation destination. You can spend the days walking on the white sand beaches, strolling under shady palm trees and visiting seaside villages. Placencia Village is a charming town filled with quirky shops, restaurants, bars, and a lively expatriate community.
Get Wild on the Water
Launch your Belize adventures from a base in Placencia. The Belize Barrier Reef and several offshore islands are just a few miles from the Placencia coastline.
It’s the perfect place to explore the gorgeous, clear Caribbean waters of the Belize Barrier Reef and the region’s marine reserves. World-class fishing, sea kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, and other water-based activities are all available here.
Make It Magical at Mariposa Beach Resort
Make the most of your southern vacation by booking a stay at the Mariposa Beach Resort. This lovely, all-inclusive resort is in the heart of Placencia. With our beachfront location, luxurious accommodations and outstanding guest amenities, we can create a perfect Belize vacation for you.