Stann Creek Belize
October 5, 2021 Blog No Comments

The Stann Creek District used to be the tourist equivalent of a flyover state — land that visitors pass through on their way to resort beaches or islands like Ambergris Caye. But what more enterprising travelers realize — and what others are starting to learn — is that this district is one of the country’s richest in terms of culture, and it’s a great launching point for adventures either out on the Caribbean Sea or at a number of inland attractions. And then there are major settlements like Dangriga and Hopkins Village which each have their own unique charm.

Beach Within Reach

Beach Within Reach

Originally established as a safe haven for immigrants escaping persecution, Stann Creek now offers a safe haven from the crowds. Despite miles of beach right along the gorgeous Caribbean Sea, it’s far less crowded than resort spots like Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. But don’t take that to mean there’s a lack of things to do. Whether you’re looking to go fishing, snorkeling, or scuba diving, you’ll find both the Belize Barrier Reef and a variety of popular diving sites within reach.

Life in the Jungle

Life in the Jungle

The Cayo District in Belize’s western half is prized for its natural beauty, but there are plenty of attractions worth seeing in Stann Creek as well. Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is a stunning stretch of waterfalls, rainforest, and foothills — and it also happens to be the world’s first jaguar reserve. Another one-of-a-kind experience is the trip down Monkey River. While Cockscomb’s jaguars tend to be elusive, you can count on the simians of Monkey River to make themselves known as you cruise down the waters.

A Vibrant Cultural History

A Vibrant Cultural History
Dangriga is the capital of the Stann Creek District, but many consider it the cultural capital for the entire country. It’s here that the Afro-Caribbean Garifuna people settled, and their unique song, dance, food, and culture permeates everyday life in this town. And there are plenty of ways to immerse yourself in these sorts of experiences firsthand. Head eight miles south to find the town of Hopkins Village — a laid-back beach town that’s developed a thriving expat community.

Get Around With Uncharted Jewel

You don’t need to rent a car to properly explore Stann Creek. Whether you’re looking to have a jungle adventure or simply soak up the local culture, this tour company can make sure that you reach Stann Creek in one piece and help you figure out how best to spend your time in this magical stretch of Belize.

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