One of the most iconic and beautiful road in Belize is the Hummingbird Highway. Providing visitors with a dose of local color, this major artery connects Belmopan in central Belize to Dangriga on the southeastern coast of the country. It’s also the main road for traveling to the Stann Creek and Toledo Districts in the southern area of Belize. The highway was completely paved in 1994, making it easy for anyone to drive this gorgeous stretch.
Beginning just outside of Belmopan in the Cayo District where it meets the George Price/Western Highway, the Hummingbird Highway travels eastward, beginning with a slow ascent into the hills. In fact, it’s the only major paved highway that crosses the Maya Mountains of Belize.
Even though it’s only 53.7 miles long, you can pack a lot of sightseeing along the way. Among the most popular attractions are St. Herman’s Cave and the Inland Blue Hole. The national park here provides plenty of trails through the jungle and great scenery that you won’t want to miss as you wind your way into the Maya Mountains. From there, you can stop to eat in and take a stroll through St. Margaret’s Village and visit the gorgeous Five Blue Lake before you reach the Hummingbird Gap, the highest point in your journey at almost 1,000 feet. From there, you’ll make a leisurely descent toward Dangriga, passing through Middlesex Village to reach rolling lowlands where you’ll experience extensive orange and grapefruit groves. Your destination is Stann Creek District with its capital town of Dangriga, one of the more populated areas in this gorgeous tropic country. Don’t forget a side trip to quaint Mullins River for more unforgettable picturesque sites and experiences.
Driving the Hummingbird Highway is also a culinary adventure. Two of the must-see-and-experience eateries are located along the highway. Mrs. Bertha’s Food Shack is renowned for its spicy chicken and corn tamales. You also won’t want to miss the homemade Creole food by TREES, an environmental organization that protects local wildlife. Just outside of St. Margaret’s Village, sample ice and other dairy products at The Country Barn. Chocolate lovers won’t want to miss the chocolate aphrodisiac drinks at made from Mayan recipes at Lamanai Chocolate.
If you’re interested in traveling to Belize and need transfers to the southern part of the country, Untame Belize can help. Untame Belize also offers great tours that will take you to some of the region’s best attractions.