Five Blues Lake National Park

Home to one of the most unique lakes to be found, Flue Blues Lake National Park centers around a lake that originally formed due to some sort of unknown blockage, that later became unblocked and allowed to lake to drain significantly. By 2010, however, the water level appeared to be on the rise again. The national park is popular for camping, birding, and hiking.

Five Blues Lake takes up 10 acres of land, and is surrounded by 4000 acres of limestone hills and forestry. The way the light filters through the trees makes the water look as though it is five different shades at once, aptly giving the lake its name.

A favored spot for birding, over 217 species of bird have been identified at the park, as well as all five Belizean wild cat species, howler monkeys, tapir, and a wide array of plant life. Geological features of note include an abundance of caves (which house Maya artifacts) and lakes, including the Five Blues Lake.

Location

Five Blues Lake National Park is located 24.2 miles west-northwest of Sarawina, a hamlet in the vicinity of Dangriga; it is to the southeast of Belmopan.

The entrance to to Five Blues is at Mile 32 on Hummigbird Highway.

Nearby Restaurants

There are numerous restaurants to choose from in the community near the nature preserve. Amigo's is a great locale to fill up at before spending time at this nature preserve, and will be of particular interest to visitors looking for a convenient meal. Also within a short distance, you and your companions will come across eateries like Tropical Restaurant and Cheer's where you can try a bite of Belizean dishes and experience the culture of Belize.

Nearby Attractions

Travelers who enjoy wildlife reservations, and are interested in visiting others, might check out St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park and Heris Nature Park; both are a little ways off, but within reach if you've got a car. You'll find a couple other attractions nearby, including St. Herman's Cave, which is within traveling range in Central Belize. Also, you might think about checking out Chumpiate Maya Cave, which is another nearby attraction.

Wildlife reservations are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions closest to Five Blues Lake National Park.

Attractions Near Five Blues Lake National Park
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
St. Herman's Cave GeoFeature 2.8 mi. (24.7 km) NE 15.3 mi. East-Southeast of Belmopan
Chumpiate Maya Cave GeoFeature 4.3 mi. (16.3 km) W 10.1 mi. Southeast of Belmopan
Blue Hole National Park -- 5.1 mi. (15.2 km) W 9.4 mi. Southeast of Belmopan
Crystal Cave GeoFeature 5.3 mi. (15.1 km) W 9.4 mi. Southeast of Belmopan

More Information

Hours

The Visitor Center is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Policies

Maya artifacts hidden within the caves are not to be touched, and certainly not to be removed.

Cost

A trail pamphlet, which is essential, costs $10(USD).

Location: Stann Creek District, Belize

 

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