- Type: Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: More than Full Day
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Set in southern Belize, the Toledo District sits cloaked in a dense rainforest surrounded by wildlife. The nearby Mayan ruins serve as a reminder of the region's rich history. Today, however, Toledo acts as a nexus for contemporary Maya, East Indians, Creoles, and Garifuna populations. Head just a few miles south and you'll find Punta Gorda, the quiet, underdeveloped area that once boasted 12 sugar estates established by immigrants from the U.S. Confederacy in 1867. You'll want to visit Toldedo during the dry season, between January and April, and avoid September and October when heavy rainfalls drench the forest.
Tranquility Lodge, a jungle-retreat located eight miles away from Punta Gorda and a one-hour plane ride from Belize International Airport, boasts a variety of caving, wildlife-watching, scuba-diving, and snorkeling adventures. Recent travelers praise Tranquility Lodge's welcoming staff and secluded setting. One TripAdvisor raves, "Great experience to spend a night under a thatch roof right in the middle of the jungle and to wake up with bird's sounds." For more information, visit Tranquility Lodge's official website.
You can reach the Toledo District via car or commercial flight. If you're traveling by car from Belize City, you'll want to take the third exit on the Western Highway, turn left on the Coastal Highway, make a left turn on Hummingbird Highway and a sharp right on the Southern Highway. Continue on this road until you hit the Toledo District. For more information, consult our guide to Getting Around Belize.