Blue Hole National Park/St. Herman's Cave
This popular recreation spot is on the Hummingbird Highway
about 12 miles southeast of Belmopan. The pool, about 25
feet deep, is filled with turquoise waters that originate from
St. Herman's Cave. Swimming is excellent here.
Five Blues Lake National Park
This national park, located in southern Belize at the foothills of
the Maya Mountains, about 22 miles from Belmopan off the
Hummingbird Highway, contains a lake, hiking trails, and
abundant wildlife. The lake is so named because it displays five
vibrant shades of blue. The 4,000-acre park contains sinkholes,
exposed rock faces and cave formations. It's situated close to St.
Margaret's village and a few kilometers from Blue Hole
Rio Frio Cave
One of the most breathtaking of the natural wonders of Belize,
the cave is open at both ends and arches to 65 feet at its center.
A pool with a sand beach is also located inside the cave. Nearby,
the Rio On Pools are formed by clear, clean water coursing
downstream, wearing away the rocks to provide numerous small
swimming holes. Rio Frio Cave and Rio On Pools are located in
the Mountain Pine Ridge of the Cayo District.
Guanacaste National Park
A 50-acre protected area of the rainforest near Belmopan, the
park is named for the huge guanacaste tree, which can reach a
height of 130 feet. The Belize River cuts right through the
park, which holds myriad varieties of wildlife. This is a good
site for bird watching.
Located in southern Belize
near Placencia, this popular
tour takes guests down the
lagoon to Monkey River, where
they'll cruise up the river seeing
many birds, tropical plants and
trees. It might be possible to
see a manatee or dolphin along
the way. Then hike newly cut
jungle paths to spot howler
monkeys, iguanas, and more.
It's an excellent combination of river life, rainforest, howler
monkeys and a local village.
From its origin deep within the Maya Mountains, the Sittee River snakes its way to the sea with its mouth just south of Hopkins. Many resorts offer canoeing and/or kayaking excursions on this river. Green and orange iguanas can be spotted lounging in the trees, along with possibly a crocodile resting at water's edge. Parrots, toucans, motmots, herons, and egrets are often seen and heard. Sting rays, manatee, and crocodiles have also been seen far up river.
Barton Creek Cave
This cave, adorned with stalagmites and stalactites, lies just
behind the Mennonite settlement of Barton Creek in the Cayo
District. Most tours include a canoe trip through this remote
cave that was once used by the Mayans as a burial site and for
ceremonial purposes. Mayan pottery, skulls and skeletons can
be observed with headlights (generally supplied by the tour).
Temash/Sarstoon National Park
The Temash/Sarstoon National Park is situated between the
Temash and Sarstoon Rivers in the southernmost region of
Belize. Being one of the most remote reserves in Belize, this
41,000-acre wildlife sanctuary provides habitat for a variety of
wildlife including warries, tapirs, ocelots, and jaguars, and
rarely seen birds and animals such as the scarlet macaw and the
whitefaced capuchin monkey. Old red mangrove trees tower
alongside the riverbanks of the Temash River, sometimes reaching
more than 100 feet. Paynes Creek National Park is also in
southern Belize, featuring incredibly diverse natural habitats.