Eco Tourism Lodging Options in Belize

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.

Camping

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 enthusiasts and their families should check out the opportunities for eco-tourism available. Campgrounds are available, though you could also book your trip at an eco-logde or resort. If you envision yourself soaking up some rays beside the pool, there are quite a few eco choices to pick from with excellent swimming facilities. Click on each link to read additional information.

Crystal Paradise Resort is one property of this type western Belize. Enshrouded in lush jungle, the lodge is secluded, but not far away from the comforts of city life. Crystal Paradise Resort takes pride in being locally owned, and in fact hand-built by the family who runs the facility. If you want to call before making reservations, do so at (501) 834-4016.

If you and your family prefer staying at a exclusive property, Macal River Resort would be a nice spot to start your search. Sleeping in the middle of the rainforest does not mean luxury is not an option. Each unit at Macal River Resort enjoys all of the fine amenities one would expect to find in a fancy city resort - with greater care taken to ensure the environment doesn't suffer for it.

Those who love the outdoors will find a selection of different local eco-lodges. including Log Cab-Inn. Nestled on a scenic hillside at the edge of San Ignacio town in Belize's Cayo District this resort offers easy access to many of the region's top adventure sites. From the mountains of Cavo to the ruins of ancient civilizations, the Log Cab-Inn makes a great home base for vacationers who can't wait to explore all that Belize has to offer. You can find them on Western Highway at Mile 68.

Several of the eco-accommodation choices are provided directly below.

Eco-Accommodations In Belize
Name Type Phone Number Star Rating Location
Banana Bank Lodge Lodge (501) 820-2020

 

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

 

4.3 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

 

33.1 mi. South of Central Lamanai
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 Moho Cay Lodge Campground --

 

9.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central Hopeville
Belize River Lodge Lodge (501) 225-2002

 

Central Belize
Belize Tree Houses at Caves Branch Lodge (501) 610-3451

 

39.2 mi. South West of Central Belize City
Belizean Princess Eco resort (501) 226-2071

 

8.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Ambergris Cay
Birds Eye View Lodge Lodge 011-501-2-32040

 

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

 

62.2 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

 

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

 

0.4 mi. South-Southeast of Central Placencia
Blue Horizon Lodge Lodge (501) 668-3194

 

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

 

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

 

43.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
Casa Maya Eco Resort Eco resort http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g291971-d603751-Reviews-Casa_Maya_Eco_Resort-San_Ignacio_Cayo.html

 

65.8 mi. West-Southwest 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 --

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

24.2 mi. West of Central Hopkins
Cohune Palms River Cabanas Lodge (501) 824-0166

 

64.2 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
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

 

62.0 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 --

 

1.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Placencia
Duplooys Jungle Lodge Lodge (501) 824-3301

 

63.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
Ek’ Tun Lodge (501) 820-3002

 

49.3 mi. South West of Central Lamanai
Explorean Kohunlich Lodge (555) 326-6986

 

Chetumal, Northern part of Belize
Garbutt's Fishing Lodge Lodge (501) 722-0070

 

0.5 mi. South of Central Hopeville
Gaïa Riverlodge Lodge (501) 834-4024

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

55.6 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
Hickatee Cottages Lodge (501) 662-4475

 

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

 

54.0 mi. South West of Central Belize City
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
Iguana Junction Lodge (501) 824-2249

 

64.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
Inglewood Camping Grounds Campground (501) 824-3555

 

63.0 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
Inn The Bush Lodge (501) 670-6364

 

49.2 mi. South West of Central Lamanai
Island Adventures Campground Campground (501) 522-3328

 

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

 

41.2 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

 

63.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
La Milpa Field Station Lodge --

 

10.0 mi. West-Southwest of Central La Union
Lamanai Outpost Lodge Lodge (195) 463-6110 ext. 7

 

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

 

49.4 mi. South West of Central Lamanai
Lower Dover Field Station Lodge (501) 834-4200

 

52.9 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
Macal River Resort Lodge --

 

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

 

49.5 mi. South West of Central Lamanai
Mahogany Hall Resort Eco resort (501) 844-4047

 

64.7 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

 

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

 

59.6 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

 

66.5 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
Millers Landing Lodge (386) 206-9113

 

1.3 mi. North of Central Placencia
Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary Lodge (501) 820-3032

 

Central Belize
Monkey River Retreat Lodge (501) 720-2200

 

0.4 mi. East of Central Monkey River Town
Moonracer Farm Lodge Lodge (501) 667-5748

 

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

 

57.5 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
Nature Resort Eco resort (501) 610-1378

 

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

 

33.3 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

 

64.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
Pine Ridge Lodge Lodge (501) 661-8264

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

14.2 mi. East of Central Hopkins
River House Lodge Lodge (501) 533-7799

 

Hopkins, Central Belize
Riverside Lodge Lodge (501) 820-4007

 

64.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City
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 - Pelican Beach Lodge --

 

13.2 mi. East of Central Hopkins
Spanish Creek Rainforest Reserve Lodge (501) 625-2837

 

Central Belize
Stepping Stones Lodge (501) 674-3474

 

0.1 mi. South of Central Monkey River Town
Sun Creek Lodge Lodge (501) 604-2124

 

3.0 mi. South of Central San Pedro Columbia
Table Rock Camp & Cabanas Lodge (501) 834-4040

 

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

 

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

 

Central Belize
The Lodge At Big Falls Lodge (501) 671-7172

 

4.4 mi. East of Central San Pedro Columbia
The Lodge At Chaa Creek Lodge (501) 824-2037

 

63.5 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

 

69.0 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

 

14.2 mi. East of Central Hopkins
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
Tropical Education Center Lodge (501) 822-8000

 

Central Belize
Turneffe Flats Lodge (501) 232-9022

 

5.3 mi. North-Northeast of Central Turneffe Cays
Whipray Caye Lodge Lodge (501) 610-1068

 

6.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central Placencia
Windy Hill Resort Eco resort (501) 824-2017

 

49.5 mi. South West of Central Lamanai
Yam Wits Lodge Lodge (501) 822-2906

 

27.3 mi. West-Northwest of Central Sarawina

If you are seeking a wider variety of accommodations beyond what's offered here, you might want to expand your planning horizon. To get more information on other kinds of accommodations for Belize, read this page.

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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