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We’ve taken a look at the North’s Must-Dos, so its only fair we plunge into all things south. Venturing five hours south of the airport, travelers will encounter not only different topography, but a different people as well. To make sure you soak up all the southern-goodness, here’s a checklist for your mini-road trip to the Toledo District.
5 Southern Belize Must-Dos:
- Attend Chocolate Festival. This one’s seasonal, so be sure to plan your trip around mid-May if chocolate is your Achilles’ Heel. Held in Punta Gorda, you will be able to indulge in all types of chocolate-inspired dishes, not to mention the high-energy activities and fun entertainment.
- Visit Lubaantun. By now it is no secret we have the largest concentration of Maya temples in the region. This Maya site is located about 1.5 miles from the village of San Pedro Columbia. Lubaantun is where the alleged famous – yet controversial – crystal skull was found in 1926, so the history dawdles on Indiana Jones-esque vibes.
- Hike to Rio Blanco Falls. This is one of Belize’s many national parks, and often sought out by adventure travelers. It contains a series of waterfalls so make sure to have your swimsuit ready for diving into the 20-foot deep pool.
- Witness Battle of the Drums. The trance-like demonstration of Battle of the Drums is one you can’t afford to miss! The weekend before Garifuna Settlement Day (Nov. 19), the Garinagu people show their pride by hosting this event. A celebration of their culture, the music and the energy will keep you both rooted in one spot and also wanting to dance.
- Sail to Sapodilla Cayes. Approximately 40 miles due east of Punta Gorda Town, this marine reserve includes 14 sand and mangrove cayes along the southernmost tip of the Belize Barrier Reef. Travelers get to see fish in abundance, and also relax on the idyllic beach.
Southern Belize is saturated with culture and cuisine that keeps it at the top of the Belize bucket list. For more information on things to do in the south, feel free to email us at email@example.com or call us toll-free at 1-800-624-0686.