In time, however, other populations have steadily moved here. Today, it is a melting pot of Maya, Garifuna, Creole, and Mestizo culture! Not only the beaches, but also Stann Creek’s great outdoors are impressive. Here, there are fewer crowds exploring the pristine environments: the world’s only jaguar preserve at Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the secluded emerald falls at the Bocawina National Park, accessible via adventure-filled hikes and rappels, and the verdant pools of the Billy Barquadier National Park.
Then there’s the challenging Victoria Peak, the second-highest point in the region. From Dangriga to Hopkins, and the outstretched Placencia Peninsula, agricultural life merges with Afro-Caribbean drum beats, fishing canoes contrast against catamarans, roadside tamale shacks nest to upscale dining, and accommodations ranging from hostels to lavish beachfront resorts. Just offshore, the Belize Barrier Reef offers protected cayes and rich marine reserves for an unparalleled underwater experience. Here, sighting giant turtles spotted rays or whale sharks in season is a sure thing. If you never tire of discovery, Stann Creek offers an astounding range of experiences.