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Bordering the Belize District to the north, Cayo to the west and Toledo to the south, the Stann Creek District is home to many popular spots for tourists and locals. Visitors truly love the mix of coastal towns (such as Dangriga, Hopkins and Placencia), amazing inland parks and jungle sanctuaries, and the nearby beautiful cayes.
Dangriga is the center of Garifuna Culture. It’s also the birthplace of punta rock (a fusion of acoustic Garifuna and electric instruments).
In addition to Dangriga, visitors looking to soak up some of the local flavor and culture are encouraged to venture down to Hopkins and Placencia. Each village offers its own beauty with local residents being welcoming of guests.
Sixteen miles long Placencia Peninsula is home to three communities: Maya Beach, Seine Bight, and at the southern tip, Placencia Village. The epitome of a chilled-out beach town, Placencia offers great restaurants, lively bars, and a long stretch of sand filled with palm trees, hammocks and low-key hotels and guest houses. The road into Placencia is bordered by the lagoon on one side, the blue Caribbean on the other and ends at the end of the peninsula.
The district has one of the country’s most prized possessions – the world’s only jaguar preserve (Cocksomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary). While Belize has the highest concentration of jaguars in Central America, it’s unlikely you’ll see them in the wild. (The Belize Zoo outside of Belize City on the Western Highway is always home to these elusive animals, which are worth the viewing.)