Southern Highway (Belize)

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Southern Highway
Route information
Length156.2 km (97.1 mi)
Major junctions
ToPunta Gorda
Highway system
Roads in Belize
Southern Highway just south of Deep River

In Belize, the Southern Highway takes up where the Hummingbird Highway ends and runs from Dangriga to Punta Gorda.[1] It is entirely paved, with the completion of a 10-mile segment between Golden Stream and Big Falls circa 2008-09; the Southern Highway provides important access to a number of Mayan ruins and natural areas. The ancient Mayan sites of Nim Li Punit and Lubaantun are each situated a few miles west of the highway in southern Belize; the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is several miles west of the highway in south-central Belize.[2]

In 2011, a project was initiated, and complete by 2015, to extend the Southern Highway 21.4 mi/34.5 km to Jalacte in southwestern Belize.[3]

Junction list[edit]

Location km Mile Destination Notes
Stann Creek 0.0 0.0 Hummingbird Highway Elevation, 21 m
16.1 10.0 Road into Commerce Bight Elevation, 23 m
19.8 12.3 Road into Hopkins Elevation, 19 m
31.1 19.3 Placencia Road –Placencia, Riversdale, Seine Bight Elevation, 30 metres
70.5 43.8 Turnoff to Monkey River Town Elevation, 20 m
Toledo 124.6 77.4 Turnoff to Silver Creek, San Miguel, San Pedro Columbia Elevation, 29 m
133.7 83.1 Junction: road southeast to Toledo District – Punta Gorda; northwest along Jalacte road to Jimmy Cut, Pueblo Viejo, Blue Creek, Aguacate, Otoxha and Dolores Elevation, 24 metres
138.6 86.1 Machaca Forest Station Elevation, 34 m
143.0 88.9 Road to Piebra, Barranco, Conejo, Crique Sarco Elevation, 15 m
148.3 92.1 West access road – Punta Gorda Elevation, 24 m
156.2 97.1 West access road Terminus of highway; elevation, 7 metres


  1. ^ "Southern Highway" (PDF). Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Hotels Near the Southern Highway in Belize City". USA Today. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  3. ^ "The Last Link To Guatemala In Process Of Paving". 7 News Belize. 28 February 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2013.