Belize’s Scenic Hummingbird Highway

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Hummingbird Highway in Belize

Without question, the Hummingbird Highway is the most beautiful roadway in Belize. Less of a high-speed transit corridor and more of a scenic drive through some of the most beautiful regions of Belize, the Hummingbird Highway is a 54-mile (86-kilometer) long paved, two-lane roadway that connects Belmopan in central Belize to Dangriga on the southeastern coast.

On the Hummingbird Highway, the drive itself is an attraction. After leaving Belmopan, the Hummingbird Highway follows the eastern slopes of the Maya Mountains and continues on to cross several rivers before entering an area of fertile lowlands where citrus orchards add a lovely perfume to the air. The Hummingbird Highway wends its way through national parks, cacao (the principle ingredient of chocolate) plantations, and huge tracts of jungle scenery before ending at Dangriga on the coast.

Besides the gorgeous natural scenery, the Hummingbird Highway is a perfect place to see and explore local Belizean culture. Popular stops along the way include Mrs. Bertha’s Tamales, a tiny restaurant serving up delicious homemade tamales and other Mexican-style food, the Country Barn, makers of some of the finest ice cream and dairy products in the country, the Toucan Ridge Ecology and Education Society (TREES), which serves up authentic homemade Creole food, and the world-famous Marie Sharp’s, makers of the country’s beloved line of hot sauces.

The Hummingbird Highway also connects to the public entrance to St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park. Home to the famous Inland Blue Hole (not to be confused with the Belize Blue Hole on the reef), St. Herman’s is managed by the Belize Audobon Society and is home to an incredible variety of birds, plants, and wildlife. The park contains two caves that can be explored (St. Herman’s and the Crystal Cave), and the Inland Blue Hole is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic or a quick dip on a hot day.

After taking pictures and exploring all the wonders of the Hummingbird Highway, why not stay at Davis Falls Inn? Located in the village of Pomona and situated just a short distance from the Hummingbird Highway, Davis Falls Inn is a locally owned and operated guest house offering comfortable accommodations at very competitive prices.

Davis Falls Inn is a great base of operation from which to explore the surrounding region, including the Davis Falls (the waterfall), the town of Dangriga, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, and pristine areas of the rainforest which are perfect for activities like horseback riding, swimming, ATV riding, hiking, and bird watching.

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