Belize Eco Tourism Lodging

When camping, travelers will find plenty of places to explore the wildlife of Belize

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Belize's natural beauty doesn't disappear as the sun sets. Instead of retiring to a hotel after a long day of exploring the country's natural sites, pitch a tent and get back to nature by sleeping under the stars. The fresh air will do you good, and you will wake up refreshed, surrounded by views that you just won't find standing on a hotel balcony.


Campgrounds may be a little harder to find than you might expect in a country that is considered to be so Eco-friendly, but it is widely allowed. Some of the National Parks and preserve areas allow camping, as do many hotels with advanced notice. In fact, some hotels may have spots set aside especially for campers. Campgrounds in Belize are rarely as organized as campgrounds in the United States, but still allow for the experience of camping that travelers who hope to pitch a tent are looking for. Remember when you are camping to always treat freshwater by boiling it before you drink. In some cases, campers are required to obtain a camping permit from the Conservation Unit of the Forest Department.

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary just southwest of Hopkins and outside Maya Centre is the world's only jaguar sanctuary. Along with the jaguars, black howler monkeys, toucans, pumas, tapirs, and numerous other species inhabit the 150 square miles of rainforest. Within the Wildlife Sanctuary visitors may take guided tours, hike on their own, and set up camp for the night. Lodgings include a dormitory-style building in Quarn Bank that once stood as a logging camp. There is enough room for 24 bodies, and features of the facility include a common room, gift shop, equipment rental shop, fresh water basin, and a restroom. Campers who would like to strike out on their own and set up a private camp will be required to obtain a camping permit. Other features of the Wildlife Sanctuary include the Mayan ceremonial site Chucil Baluum and breathtaking views of the Cockscomb Mountain Range. Entry into the Wildlife Sanctuary costs $2.50(USD) for locals and $10(USD) for visitors, though it does cost more to stay overnight. For more information, contact the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary at 501-227-7369.

Five Blues Lake National Park

The Five Blues Lake National Park is a great place for campers who are willing to set up wherever a site is available and fully support themselves during their time in the park. Facilities here are sparse, with outhouse-style restrooms, and no treated water. Still, for the price of $5(USD) visitors can hike the three miles of trails, explore several caves, and view the natural wonder that was once Five Blues Lake. In July of 2006, the once full lake began to recede, forming a whirlpool as the water was sucked into the ground. Though the basin is often partially filled with water, it has not returned to its full glory since that day. Five Blues National Park is located in Belmopan, and park rangers are on duty at all times.

Half Moon Caye National Monument

The entire 40-acres of the easternmost Belizean island, Half Moon Caye, is designated as a wildlife preserve in order to protect that 4,000 red-footed booby birds that inhabit the island. There are no lodgings available on the island, so those who wish to stay overnight will have to set up camp. Island attractions include beautiful snorkeling and dive sites, as well as bird-watching, the opportunity to view turtles and lizards, and hiking trails. Reservations to camp on the island may be made with the Belize Audubon Society at 501-223-5004, 501-223-4987, or 501-223-4988.

Mountain Pine Ridge

Mountain Pine Ridge is home to the only pine forest in Central America. Caving, canoeing, horseback riding, hiking, birding, and swimming are the popular pastimes in this 300 square mile stretch of forest near San Ignacio. Visitors can set up camp throughout the forest, in such as areas as the Barton Creek Outpost. Contact the Outpost at 501-662-4797 or 501-651-9555.

Rio Bravo Conservation Area

Located in the Orange Walk District, the Rio Bravo Conservation Area is a combination of forest area, swamp land, and savannah. Once a premier logging territory, today the conservation area is home to numerous species of birds, wild cats, wild turkey, deer, and many more species of wildlife. Hiking trails and birding are what draw visitors to the 250,000 acre facility, where camping grounds and rustic, dormitory-style lodgings are available.

More Campsites in Belize
Name Location Description Cost Contact
Clarissa Falls San Ignacio Campgrounds; beds in a bunk house $3.75(USD) to camp; $7.50(USD) to bunk 501-9-23916
Cosmos Camping San Ignacio Campgrounds; swimming hole $4(USD) 501-9-22116
Hilltop Camping San Antonio Campgrounds $2.50(USD) N/A
Inglewood Camping Grounds San Ignacio Campgrounds; RV hookups; cabanas N/A 501-9-23555
Midas Eco Resort San Ignacio Campgrounds; cabanas $4(USD) to camp; $34(USD) for a cabana 501-9-23172
Trek Stop San Ignacio Campgrounds; kitchen area $3.50(USD) to camp; $7(USD) to rent a tent 501-9-32265

Camping and Eco-Tourism In Belize

Nature lovers should think about the opportunities for eco-tourism offered. Campgrounds are available, or you could book your trip in an eco-resort or lodge. If you're envisioning yourself taking in a few rays by the pool, there are a number of eco choices to choose from with first-rate swimming facilities. Read additional information for each of the options shown by using the links.

The Lodge At Chaa Creek

Many travelers coming to Belize want to explore the beautiful natural wonders found in the region. When the adventure is over, many of the guests choosing to stay at a place such as El Pescador will be able to enjoy a pool. El Pescador is a family run resort, owned by a family who visited Belize decades ago, and decided this Ambergris Caye locale was their dream come true. Now you are invited to share in their dream with a stay at El Pescador. If you would like to call ahead, do so at (501) 226-2975.

If you and your family prefer staying at a high-end property, Belcampo Belize Lodge is probably a nice place to start looking. Previously known as the Machaca Hill Lodge, this property that has everything you need to plan a getaway from the business of your every day life. Here, you can disconnect, and everything will be taken care of from your coffee in the morning to your activities during the day. If you're looking to call in advance, you can do so at (501) 722-0050.

Nature enthusiasts can find a variety of different eco-lodges. including Hidden Valley Inn. Each of the 12 cottages is cozy, featuring mahogany furnishing, brick fireplaces, and private bathrooms. The two Deluxe Suites enjoy matrimonial hammocks, their own outside waterfall and rock themed showers, and luscious claw foot bath rubs. They can be found at 4 Cooma Cain Road.

The chart just below has some key facts concerning the eco-tourism options available.

Eco-Accommodations In Belize
Name Type Phone Number Star Rating Location
Banana Bank Lodge Lodge (501) 832-2020


33.0 mi. South of Central Lamanai
Barnacle Bill's Beach Bungalows Lodge (501) 533-8110


5.2 mi. North of Central Placencia
Belcampo Belize Lodge Eco resort (501) 722-0050


3.4 mi. North of Central Hopeville
Belize Jungle Dome Eco resort (501) 822-2124


0.2 mi. West of Central Banana Bank
Belize Lodge-Ballum Na Lodge (501) 223-6324


13.7 mi. North of Central Hopeville
Belize Lodge-Jungle Camp Lodge --


13.9 mi. West of Central Monkey River Town
Belize River Lodge Lodge (501) 225-2002


Central Belize
Belize Zoo Jungle Lodge Lodge (501) 822-8000


Central Belize
Belizean Princess Eco resort (501) 226-2071


8.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Ambergris Caye
Birds Eye View Lodge Lodge (501) 203-2040


6.1 mi. North of Central Crooked Tree
Black Rock Jungle River Lodge Lodge (501) 834-4038


63.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
Blackbird Oceanic Field Station Lodge (501) 220-4256


4.4 mi. Southeast of Central Turneffe Cays
Blancaneaux Lodge Lodge (501) 824-3878


59.0 mi. South West of Central Belize City
Blanceneaux Lodge Eco resort (501) 824-4912


0.7 mi. Northeast of Central Placencia
Blue Horizon Lodge Lodge (501) 668-3194


Hopkins, Central Belize
Bocawina Rainforest Resort Eco resort (844) 894-2311


Central Belize
Calico Jack’s Village Eco resort (501) 832-2478


56.9 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
Camalote Camp Campground (501) 822-0699


44.2 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
Casa de Suenos Eco resort --


The vicinity of Xcalak, Northeastern part of Belize
Caves Branch Adventure Company & Jungle Lodge Lodge (501) 610-3451


39.9 mi. South West of Central Belize City
Cedar Cabins Lodge Lodge (501) 832-2050


34.9 mi. South of Central Lamanai
Cerros Beach Resort Eco resort (501) 623-9763


11.1 mi. South of Central Chetumal
Chan Chich Lodge Lodge (501) 223-4119


29.1 mi. South West of Central La Union
Chez DiDi Campground --


0.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Sarteneja
Chiclero Camp Resort Lodge (501) 824-0499


64.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
Clarissa Falls Resort Eco resort (501) 833-3116


63.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary Lodge (501) 223-5004


23.6 mi. West of Central Hopkins
Cosmos Camping & Cabanas Campground (501) 824-2116


48.9 mi. South West of Central Lamanai
Cotton Tree Lodge - All Inclusive Lodge (501) 670-0557


6.7 mi. North of Central Barranco
Crooked Tree Lodge Lodge (501) 626-3820


Crooked Tree, Northern part of Belize
Crystal Paradise Resort Lodge (501) 834-4016


62.9 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
Cuxlin Ha Resort Eco resort (501) 732-4747


3.2 mi. West-Northwest of Central Hopeville
Dew Drop Lodge --


0.2 mi. South West of Central Placencia
Ek’ Tun Lodge (501) 820-3002


49.3 mi. South West of Central Lamanai
El Pescador Eco resort (501) 226-2975


4.9 mi. South-Southwest of Central Ambergris Caye
Explorean Kohunlich Lodge (555) 326-6986


Chetumal, Northern part of Belize
Fantasy Island Eco Resort Eco resort --


None, Central Belize
Garbutt's Fishing Lodge Lodge (501) 722-0070


0.8 mi. Northeast of Central Punta Gorda
Gaïa Riverlodge Lodge (501) 834-4024


48.2 mi. West of Central Hopkins
Glovers Atto Resort Campground (501) 532-2916


34.4 mi. East of Central Hopkins
Green Parrot Beach House Lodge (501) 523-3488


6.3 mi. North of Central Placencia
Gumbolimbo Village Resort Lodge (501) 665-3112


56.5 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
HFC Lodge Lodge (501) 523-3612


0.6 mi. South of Central Placencia
Hickatee Cottages Lodge (501) 662-4475


2.7 mi. South West of Central Hopeville
Hidden Valley Inn Lodge (501) 822-3320


13.8 mi. Southeast of Central San Ignacio
Hill Bank Field Station Lodge (501) 227-5616


10.8 mi. South of Central Lamanai
Hugh Parkey's Belize Adventure Lodge Lodge (501) 220-4024


Central Belize
Inn The Bush Lodge (501) 670-6364


4.8 mi. East of Central Banque Viejo del Carmen
Island Adventures Campground Campground (501) 522-3328


23.0 mi. East of Central Turneffe Cays
Jaguar Paw Jungle Resort Lodge (501) 820-2023


42.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
Jungle Huts Lodge Lodge (501) 522-0185


Dangriga, Central Belize
Jungle Jeanie By The Sea Eco resort (501) 533-7047


Hopkins, Central Belize
Kanantik Reef & Jungle Resort Eco resort (877) 759-8834


3.2 mi. North of Central Riversdale
La Casa del Caballo Blanco Lodge (707) 974-4942


64.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
La Milpa Field Station Lodge (501) 227-5616


10.0 mi. West-Southwest of Central La Union
Lamanai Outpost Lodge Lodge (888) 733-7864


3.7 mi. North-Northeast of Central Lamanai
Lamanai Riverside Retreat Campground (501) 302-3955


11.8 mi. South-Southwest of Central Caledonia
Log Cab-Inn Lodge (501) 824-3367


0.8 mi. South-Southwest of Central San Ignacio
Lower Dover Field Station Lodge (501) 834-4200


53.9 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge Lodge (501) 665-7241


4.1 mi. South of Central San Ignacio
Mahogany Hall Resort Eco resort (501) 844-4047


65.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
Mana-Kai Camping & Cabins Campground (501) 624-6538


49.1 mi. South West of Central Lamanai
Manatee Lodge Lodge (501) 532-2400


Central Belize
Mango Walk Inn Lodge (501) 609-8892


38.5 mi. West of Central Sarawina
Mariposa Jungle Lodge Lodge (501) 670-2113


67.8 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
Martz Farm Treehouses & Cabanas Lodge (501) 834-4646


60.3 mi. South West of Central Belize City
Maya Mountain Lodge Lodge (501) 824-2164


49.3 mi. South West of Central Lamanai
Maya Vista Eco resort (501) 823-3020


67.4 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
Millers Landing Lodge (501) 523-3010


2.2 mi. North of Central Placencia
Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary Lodge (501) 822-8032


Central Belize
Moonracer Farm Lodge Lodge (501) 667-5748


59.8 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
Mountain Equestrian Trails Lodge (501) 669-1124


58.4 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
Nature Resort Eco resort (501) 607-5448


Central Belize
Off the Wall Dive Center & Resort Eco resort (501) 532-2929


33.8 mi. East of Central Hopkins
Orchid Garden Eco-Village Lodge (501) 225-6991


Central Belize
Palmento Grove Hopkins Lodge (501) 636-3247


Central Belize
Parrot Nest Lodge Lodge (501) 669-6068


65.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
Pook’s Hill Lodge Lodge (501) 832-2017


49.9 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
Ranguana Caye Cabins Lodge (501) 523-3112


6.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central Placencia
Reef's End Lodge Lodge (501) 670-3919


0.1 mi. South of Central Tobacco Caye
River House Lodge Lodge (501) 533-7799


Hopkins, Central Belize
Sabal Beach Lodge --


5.6 mi. South West of Central Monkey River Town
Sopilar Campground Campground (501) 625-9571


48.5 mi. South West of Central Lamanai
South Water Caye Lodge (501) 522-2044


13.7 mi. East of Central Hopkins
Sun Creek Lodge Lodge (501) 604-2124


Toledo District, Southern part of Belize
Table Rock Jungle Lodge Lodge (501) 834-4040


67.8 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
Tarpon Caye Lodge Lodge (501) 523-3323


15.4 mi. East of Central Placencia
Thatch Caye Resort Eco resort (800) 435-3145


Thatch Caye, Central Belize
The Farm Inn Lodge (501) 732-4781


0.1 mi. West of Central San Antonio
The Lodge At Big Falls Lodge (501) 732-4444


12.4 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Gorda
The Lodge At Chaa Creek Lodge (501) 824-2037


64.4 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
The Lodge On St. Georges Lodge (501) 220-4444


Central Belize
The Trek Stop Lodge (501) 823-2265


69.9 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
Tillett's Village Lodge Lodge (501) 607-3871


0.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central Crooked Tree
Tobacco Caye Lodge Lodge (501) 532-2033


0.0 mi. Northeast of Central Tobacco Caye
Toledo Ecotourism Association Lodge (501) 673-2327


1.5 mi. South of Central Hopeville
Tranquility Lodge Lodge (501) 665-9070


6.3 mi. West of Central Hopeville
Turneffe Flats Lodge (501) 232-9022


5.3 mi. North-Northeast of Central Turneffe Cays
Vanilla Hills Lodge Lodge --


0.6 mi. East of Central Bullet Tree Falls
Whipray Caye Lodge Lodge (501) 610-1068


0.0 mi. South of Central Whipray Caye
Windy Hill Resort Eco resort (501) 824-2017


49.5 mi. South West of Central Lamanai
Xcalak Caribe Lodge Lodge (983) 130-5580


0.1 mi. Northeast of Central Xcalak
Yam Wits Lodge Lodge (501) 822-2906


27.3 mi. West-Northwest of Central Sarawina
duPlooy's Jungle Lodge Resort Lodge (501) 824-3301


64.6 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City

Luckily, Belize offers other property types. Read this article dedicated to other kinds of accommodations for Belize if you're interested in learning additional details.

Travelers looking to explore the natural side of Belize have plenty of options to choose from, including campgrounds and rustic bunk houses. Make the most of your Eco-friendly vacation by choosing lodgings that allow you to be as close to the great outdoors as possible.


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