Bottle-nose Dolphins are a common site off the Belize Barrier Reef While often encountered inside the barrier reef they feed on the healthy fish populations outside the reef Off South Water Caye I've seen them circle large schools of jacks till a straggler leaves the school then feed on it before circling again
Is Belize's second largest district with 986 square miles of possibilities for the adventure inclined traveler. The coast is dotted with small towns and fishing villages that offer cultural flavors in exotic combination, and access to crowd free cayes as well as the remote reaches of the Belize Barrier Reef. Beginning just a few miles inland, the territory hosts Maya villages, the world's first jaguar preserve, a wealth of tropical forests, and a good portion of the Maya Mountains including Victoria Peak. With an amazing selection of adventures and attractions, Stann Creek is a wonderful place to spend a few days of discovery, and its central location makes it an ideal base from which to explore the rest of Belize too.
Toledo, the southernmost district of Belize, is 1669 square miles of rainforest, mountains, rivers, and Maya Villages. Toledans often refer to their home as "the forgotten land"-it is the least visited destination in Belize. As the most sparsely populated and least developed region in the country, Toledo is certainly not for the ordinary tourist. However, for those with the spirit to venture off the beaten track, the natural and cultural diversity of Toledo makes a visit to a Southern Belize an unique adventure. The land is blanketed with some of the most pristine rainforest in Belize. The uplands to the Northwest, consist of the foothills of the Maya Mountains bordered by limestone outcrops - rugged, unexplored territory.
Northern Belize is a sleeper. Like a mineral geode, seemingly plain and unassuming on the outside, once cracked, its beauty and charm will dazzle your eyes and sense of adventure. The north is not usually a priority destination for tourists because the transportation routes travel through primarily flat, young coastal plain. But venture off the main roads and your travels become an adventure. Northern Belize actually provides more variety of nature, history, and culture than any other districts of Belize. The jungle in the west provide habitat for some of the highest concentration of jaguar in the country, and probably the best chance to see one of Belize's five wildcats.
Recent history of Caye Caulker began when Mestizo refugees from the Mexican Caste Wars arrived. The area that became the village on Caye Caulker was formally purchased by Luciano Reyes around 1870. Lots were sold to other families, most of which still have descendants on the island today. The influence of these families is still very apparent. With few inhabitants, food could be grown with sustainable methods of agriculture. The coconut and the fishing industry became important economic staples of the island. Even today a few of the older women continue to process coconut oil for their own use and to sell, although generally the coconuts themselves are harvested and shipped to the mainland.
Welcome to beautiful Ambergris Caye, the largest of several hundred cayes (islands) located in the northern most waters of Belize, Central America. This narrow strip of paradise surrounded by the azure Caribbean, is approximately 36 miles long and was once a part of the Yucatan Peninsula. It is believed that the Mayans occupied the area over 1500 years ago and dug a narrow channel to separate Ambergris Caye from Mexico. East of the caye lies the Belize Barrier Reef which continues some 190 miles along the length of the country of Belize. On the far north tip of Ambergris Caye at a place called Mexico Rocks the reef almost touches land.
The Belize District is centrally located between the northern and southern borders of the country with a variety of transportation options to any point both inland and out to the cayes. Fishing, snorkeling, diving and swimming are excellent around nearby St. George's and Goff's caye while the rivers and lagoons are great for boating and sightseeing. Belize City's urban flavor, historical look and the surrounding landscape's distinctly rural feel make the district an ideal stopover or base for those looking to get a sense of the whole country without traveling every inch of it.
The Cayo District is Belize's western most district. It borders Guatemala and contains the official western border crossing into Guatemala at Santa Elena. The terrain is hilly to mountainous with rocky and limestone plateaus. Cayo is home to the Maya Mountains - an offshoot of the great mountain range which stretches from the Cascades to the Andes. Because of its terrain, Cayo tends to be prone to flooding during the rainy seasons. Cayo is populated by a wide variety of ethnic groups. The towns closer to the border are mostly spanish speaking. The district is filled however with numerous towns and villages which vary from Mayan Indian to Creole. Due to a hurricane in 1961 the country's capital was moved to a new city called Belmopan in the centre of the Cayo District.
Situated on a slender peninsula that curves alongside the southern coast of the country, Placencia’s tagline is “Barefoot Perfect”. The only place on mainland Belize that offers white sand beaches Placencia, on the tip of the peninsula visitors experience the charm of a traditional Creole fishing village with the bonus of numerous village eateries, bars, art galleries and gift shops that welcome visitors. For vacationers dreaming of unspoiled, sun-kissed beaches, spectacular sea views and a laid-back atmosphere where “stress” is not allowed, Placencia is THE location in southern Belize.