The Districts in Belize encompass a number of towns and hamlets, each populated of by an eclectic mixture of ethnicities including Mayan, Creole, Garifuna, and Chinese. Notwithstanding the shared commonalities of culture and history each district has been able to hold onto those distinctive features unique unto themselves.
The Largest District of Belize
Among the villages and towns that make up Belize City are the larger municipalities of San Pedro Town, Caye Caulker and the townships of Boom, Gales Point and Crooked Tree. Belize City’s urbanized spirit, coupled with its appearance of the days of yore and its markedly bucolic ambience, each conspire to make Belize the quintessential destination for first-time visitors. In this district, one can easily get the gist of the entire country. From Crooked Tree to Caye Caulker and Cox Lagoon, there is an abundance of natural beauty; all of which are easily accessible and provide a fabulous selection of lodgings and amenities.
Eco-Friendly Cayo District
The motto of the Cayo District is “the west is best”. This district of Belize comprises the nation’s capital City of Belmopan. Cayo is also home to Benque Viejo del Carmen and the hamlets of San Antonio Cayo Valley of Peace, Roaring Creek, St. Margret’s to name a few. The citizens of this district certainly have much of which to be proud. With over two thousand square miles of lush landscape, the Cayo District offers most striking charms in Belize. Here, you will enjoy crystalline, winding streams, lush forests, thunderous cataracts, magnificent cavern systems, and mysterious Mayan Ruins. If you are interested in wildlife, flora and fauna, this District of Belize is for you!
Shop til you Drop!
Within the District of Corozal are the townships of Chunox, Little Belize, Consejo, Patchacan, Xaibe and, San Joaquin. The area is rich in Mayan heritage, as artifacts and ruins are still being unearthed. Grasslands blanket the landscape; sugar cane and livestock are the economic staples. Nevertheless, an evolving market in Corozal has adopted a dynamic focal point: This district if Belize has begun importing products to the 200+ Duty-Free outlets near the Mexican border. Additionally, Corozal is capitalizing on the tourism industry as well as real estate.
Take a Walk on the Orange Side
The pastoral Orange Walk District contains the villages of Carmelita, San Estevan, San Jose, Shipyard, Indian Church, and Trial Farm. Orange Walk Town is the capital, affectionately known as “Sugar City”, due to the Sugar Processing Plant bordering the district. Although the Orange Walk District’s foremost economic wealth is agriculture, tourists are slowly trickling in, and their presence is making itself known in Orange Walk’s economy.
One of the Remote Districts of Belize
The Stann Creek District comprises the Big Creek marina (the hub of Belize’s banana trade), the isthmus and hamlet of Placencia, Independence and Mango Creek. On the Sittee River, you will find Hopkins, the Garifuna village. Quaint townships and stretches of citrus orchards decorate the Stann Creek valley on the way to Dangriga; the ancient domicile of the Garifuna people -ť where the Hummingbird Highway comes to an end. The Stann Creek District offers pure and tranquil cayes that are virtually unknown to the masses. You’ll love the secluded stretches of the Belize Barrier Reef, as well. In addition, you can experience the mystique of Mayan villages, the jaguar preserve and exotic tropical forests.
Don’t Forget Toledo!
Nicknamed “the forgotten land” the Toledo District is the least populated and most rural of the Districts of Belize. It is also the least visited. Toledo is indeed not for the conventional tourist, but if you are up for the adventure of a lifetime, the southernmost Toledo District just might be calling your name. The stunning landscape is swathed in virgin rainforests, rivers, mountains and rugged, uncharted terrain.
The Land of Plenty
As you can see, the diverse and exclusive Districts in Belize speak to everyone. From the pseudo-contemporary Belize City to the isolated Toledo District; the shopping mecca of Corozal to the ecological sanctuary of the Cayo District it’s no surprise that the country of Belize is near the top of the tourists’ bucket list!