Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve and National Park

A protected area and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve and National Park is a wildlife park and habitat that spans a diverse collection of habitats, allowing visitors to learn how varied the landscape of Belize truly is.

Habitats within Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve and National Park include swamplands, grasslands, and tropical forests, and is even home to the only place in Belize where the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef reaches the shore.

Because of the diversity of the landscape, the population of flora and fauna is equally as varied. Some inhabitants include six species of cat that are native to Belize, manatees, crocodiles, and sea turtles. Guests are able to arranged diving excursions with local tour guides, and camping is permitted.


Situated on the northeastern outskirts of Belize, 5.7 miles south of Xcalak, Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve and National Park welcomes residents and tourists lodging in this area of Central America. Even if you are not staying in the vicinity, you should consider stopping by to enjoy a great time. San Pedro is 20 and a half miles (33 and a half kilometers) to the south-southwest.

Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve and National Park is set on the most northern point of Ambergris Cay and is only accessible by boat.

Nearby Restaurants

If you're ready for some food after visiting Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve and National Park, you should think about trying one of the local eateries near the preserve. El Zafiro, which dishes out Caribbean food, is also the most convenient dining option from the wildlife reservation. Also close-by, you and your party will come across eateries such as Blue Iguana Grille and Ms. Sara's Kitchen where you and your group will be able to try out Creole fare and enjoy the local foods and culture of Belize.

Nearby Attractions

Other types of nearby activities include Chac Balam, which is within traveling range on Ambergris Caye.

More Information

Location: Belize


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