For a small nation, there are major differences between Belize’s northern districts and those in the south, but due to its proximity to Mexico — a more familiar vacation spot – travelers have yet to discover the wonders, beauty, and richness of the south. Happily, that’s changing thanks to an influx of visitors curious about the region. If you have yet to experience Southern Belize’s wonders, what are you waiting for?
There are reasons Southern Belize is trending
Made up of two districts – Stann Creek and Toledo – southern Belize is as laid-back as towns along the southern U.S. coast. Home to just two major towns – Dangriga and Punta Gorda – photographers insist that the south is more picturesque because mountain forests haven’t been plundered leaving a huge swath of green intact for visitors who want to see how Eden looked!
Southern Belize is where repeat visitors come to enjoy the hottest spot in the region: The Placencia peninsula. Award-winning beaches on both coasts (ocean and lagoon sides) are jumping-off points for every water sport known to man, and if you’re interested in history and culture, this area is a mecca.
Just off the coast of Dangriga, a tiny tropical island invites you to sojourn while discovering Southern Belize: Coco Plum Island Resort. This adults-only sanctuary is not just beautiful, but guests gain unlimited access to the area’s premier cultural, historic, and sporting resources.
Relax on the island; leave for adventures!
Coco Plum Island Resort is the quintessential hideaway for vacationers eager to trade a hectic pace, noise, and stressors for privacy, quiet, and Belize all inclusive packages that eliminate decision making. Coco Plum’s oceanfront cabanas are so discreetly placed, privacy is guaranteed, but once you leave the confines of your oceanfront digs, it’s time to explore!
-Visit Hopkins Village, the Garifuna settlement that makes up in friendliness and hospitality what it lacks in crowds! Sample ethnic foods. Beat a drum. Shop for crafts amid a laid-back environment that defines “chill”!
-Travel to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the domain of endangered jaguars. Cockscomb stands amid a verdant forest at the foot of the Maya Mountains. If you’re up for hiking, climb the 3,681-foot Victoria Peak, Belize’s highest elevation.
-Dive, snorkel, fish, and indulge in other sports at Southern Belize’s landmark atolls: Southwater Caye Marine Reserve, Glover’s Marine Reserve, Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve, and Laughing Bird Caye National Park. Spot Loggerhead Turtles at Gladden Spit.
-See Billy Barquedier National Park, home to a breathtaking waterfall that spills into a languid freshwater pool surrounded by forests of trees, medicinal plants, and scenery fit for a master photographer.
-Pay homage to Belize’s first inhabitants by visiting the Maya ceremonial centers of Lubaantun and Nim Li Punit, both located in the Toledo District.
There’s more, but you get the idea! Southern Belize is paradise on steroids and all Coco Plum guests need to do is say the word and a small army of movers and shakers staffing the island will help you craft the Belize vacation of your dreams, on and off the island. Peruse Southern Belize tours on Coco Plum’s menu and you’ll be convinced that going south is your ticket to the vacation of a lifetime:!