Why Choose Southern Belize
Southern Belize remains undiscovered and untouched by many travelers who visit Belize. The South as it is known locally, is not only home to the only Jaguar Preserve in the world but also home to a variety of birds, reptiles, mammals and ancient Maya ruins.
Lonely Planet describes it as follows:
Cultural, social and ecological diversity are the hallmarks of Southern Belize. It’s here in the south that open savannah and citrus-filled farmland give way to forested hills dotted with Maya villages and ruins, while towns like Hopkins and Placencia offer sun, sand and a bit of local culture.
Adventurers will find no shortage of opportunities to get off the beaten path in Toledo’s jungles, while trekkers who wish to splurge can choose from a number of five-star jungle lodges tucked away in remote corners. Those of more modest means will be able to have a great time on the cheap in the small villages and communities of the Deep South.
The south also has cayes all of its own boasting stunning coral reefs, where snorkeling, boating and diving enthusiasts can experience Belize’s nautical wonders while avoiding the crowds (and the significantly higher price tags) of the Northern Cayes.
…and the Belize Tourism Board has this to say about Southern Belize:
Known as a cultural melting pot, Southern Belize is home to Maya, Garifuna, East Indians, and Chinese communities, who carry on their traditions to-date. Punta Gorda serves as the gateway to activities like off-shore fishing, river trips, caving, bird watching and ancient Maya Temples.Lush preserved jungles are fixtures in Toledo, and the adventures/discoveries that awaits makes southern Belize a true escape into a life worth exploring.