Stann Creek District in southern Belize is an emerging tourism destination
Located in southeast Belize just a few hours’ drive from Belize City, Stann Creek District is one of the most exciting and beautiful areas of the country. Home to both the Garifuna culture and modern day Maya, Stann Creek District includes the gorgeous Placencia Peninsula, the Garifuna village of Hopkins and the coastal capital, Dangriga.
A popular destination in Stann Creek District to experience Garifuna culture and exciting adventures is Dangriga.
What to See and Do in Dangriga
In the town itself, the most popular attraction is the tiny but engaging Gulisi Garifuna Museum dedicated to the unique history, culture and lifestyle of Belize’s indigenous culture of Afro-Caribbean origins.
Just a few minutes from the town are a number of popular mainland attractions, particularly Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, home to the last remaining jaguars in Central America as well as hundreds of exotic tropical bird species.
Fishing in Dangriga
Located right on the coast, the variegated shoreline makes for outstanding fishing. Anglers can head to the flats to try their luck at landing bonefish, permit, snook and tarpon. Just a few miles offshore past the Belize Barrier Reef, fishing opportunities are rich for landing sailfish, tuna, wahoo, dorado and marlin.
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Dangriga
A popular base of operations for snorkeling and scuba diving, Dangriga is just a few miles from some of the best atolls, spits and smaller cayes (islands) where beneficial conditions mean underwater explorers can easily witness an outstanding array of colorful tropical marine life.
Marie Sharp’s Factory
Just a few miles from Dangriga is a Belizean institution, the small but famous Marie Sharp’s. Depending on when you arrive, be prepared to sample homemade hot sauces, jams, and chutneys all made according to Marie’s family recipes.
Five Blue Lake National Park
A few minutes’ drive from Dangriga is the gorgeous Five Blue Lake National Park. With more than three miles of hiking trails through pristine rainforest, visitors can refresh themselves with a dip in the lake or rent a canoe to get out on the water of the lake.
Where to Stay in Dangriga
Located just a few miles offshore on a privately-owned caye, Yok Ha is the ultimate tropical island getaway. With just five deluxe cabanas, an on-site restaurant and bar, the resort is perfect for intimate getaways, family vacations and corporate retreats. The resort features free kayaks for visiting nearby islands and boat service to the mainland or further out to sea to enjoy fishing ,diving and snorkeling at the Belize Barrier Reef.