Visitors often find that a trip to Belize is incomplete if they don't step outside and explore. Luckily, many of Belize's resources are dedicated to protecting the country's natural habitats, making the experience all the more enjoyable.
Do you like spending time outside? You may be happy to learn the area has numerous nature preserves available.
Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary is a popular nature preserve located in central Belize. Established in 2002, the Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary works to protect the habitat of the local West Indian Manatee Population. Under strict regulations, guests are able to tour the area and hopefully catch a glimpse of the sea creature.
Those wanting to find a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing choices like Shipstern Nature Reserve. Established over 20 years ago, Shipstern Nature Reserve protects an area of land and allows local flora and fauna to thrive.
Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve and National Park: 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.
Review this table to learn more.
|Agua Caliente Luha Wildlife Sanctuary||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||6.1 mi. South of Central San Pedro Columbia||Belize|
|Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve and National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||5.7 mi. South of Central Xcalak||Belize|
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||31.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Dangriga||Belize|
|Bladen Nature Reserve||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||18.3 mi. North of Central San Pedro Columbia||Belize|
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||1.8 mi. South of Central Caye Caulker||Caye Caulker|
|Caye Caulker North Point Sanctuary Forest Reserve||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||1.8 mi. North of Central Caye Caulker||Caye Caulker|
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||1.2 mi. South West of Central Chetumal||Mexico|
|Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||13.4 mi. West-Southwest of Central Hopkins||Belize|
|Columbia Forest Reserve||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||11.3 mi. Northwest of Central San Pedro Columbia||Belize|
|Community Baboon Sanctuary||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||Central Belize||Belize|
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||6.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central Sarteneja||Belize|
|Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||5.5 mi. South of Central Crooked Tree||Belize|
|Fireburn Reserve||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||11.6 mi. East-Southeast of Central Chunox||Belize|
|Five Blues Lake National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||Central Belize||Belize|
|Gales Point Wildlife Sanctuary||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||Central Belize||Belize|
|Heris Nature Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||3.2 mi. Northeast of Central Belmopan||Belize|
|Hol Chan Marine Reserve||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||7.9 mi. North of Central Caye Caulker||Belize|
|Laughing Bird Caye||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||12.8 mi. Southeast of Central Placencia||Belize|
|Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||Central Belize||Belize|
|Mountain Pine Ridge||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||47.2 mi. West of Central Hopkins||Belize|
|Paynes Creek National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||9.2 mi. West-Southwest of Central Monkey River Town||Belize|
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||0.4 mi. Northwest of Central Placencia||Belize|
|Port Honduras Marine Reserve||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||15.0 mi. Northeast of Central Hopeville||Belize|
|Rio Bravo Conservation and Management||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||12.3 mi. South of Central La Union||Belize|
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||26.6 mi. South-Southeast of Central Alabama Warf||Belize|
|Sarstoon-Temash National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||6.6 mi. South West of Central Barranco||Belize|
|Sarstooth National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||6.7 mi. South West of Central Barranco||Belize|
|Savannah Forest Station at Paynes Creek||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||4.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central Alabama Warf||Belize|
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||2.7 mi. South of Central San Pedro||Ambergris Cay|
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||3.5 mi. South of Central San Pedro||Belize|
|Shipstern Nature Reserve||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||5.9 mi. South of Central Sarteneja||Belize|
|Silk Cayes Marine Reserve||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||29.6 mi. East of Central Hopkins||Belize|
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||12.3 mi. Southeast of Central Hopkins||Belize|
|St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||29.3 mi. West-Northwest of Central Sarawina||Belize|
|Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||Central Belize||Belize|
|Swasey Bladen Forest Reserve||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||12.2 mi. West of Central Alabama Warf||Belize|
Even though most tourists have heard about the beaches, that isn't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Belize offers multiple choices, including 12 waterfalls and 12 caves.
You might enjoy a visit to Chumpiate Maya Cave, which is found within Belize. A quick hike from the trail head through the jungle takes you to Chechem Hah, the Morales family farm that serves as the gateway to the cave. Another steep jungle trail from the farm takes you straight to the cave.
Another attraction St. Herman's Cave. It is located within central Belize. Those who choose to enter St. Herman's Cave with a flashlight in hand will be sent on a journey of about a half a mile in which they can view a few stunning rock formations before making it through to the other side.
The following chart shows some key facts regarding waterfalls and caves.
|Actun Chapat||Cave||The vicinity of Belize City, Central Belize|
|Actun Tunichil Muknal||Cave||12.0 mi. South West of Central Belmopan|
|Big Rock Falls||Waterfall||13.4 mi. Southeast of Central Banque Viejo del Carmen|
|Blue Creek Cave||Cave||1.3 mi. South-Southeast of Central La Union|
|Blue Hole Cave||Cave||29.9 mi. West-Northwest of Central Sarawina|
|Bocawina Falls||Waterfall||Central Belize|
|Butterfly Falls||Waterfall||48.1 mi. Northwest of Central Placencia|
|Chumpiate Maya Cave||Cave||28.3 mi. West-Northwest of Central Sarawina|
|Waterfall||66.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City|
|Cave||9.4 mi. Southeast of Central Belmopan|
|Five Sisters Falls||Waterfall||34.9 mi. West of Central Sarawina|
|Golden Stream Waterfalls||Waterfall||13.3 mi. North-Northeast of Central Punta Gorda|
|Hidden Valley Falls||Waterfall||38.5 mi. West of Central Sarawina|
|Hokeb Ha Cave||Cave||2.8 mi. West of Central San Pedro Columbia|
|Laguna Cave||Cave||7.3 mi. Northwest of Central Punta Gorda|
|Pueblo Viejo Falls||Waterfall||8.9 mi. North-Northwest of Central San Lucas|
|Rio Blanco Falls||Waterfall||9.0 mi. West-Southwest of Central San Pedro Columbia|
|Rio Frio Cave||Cave||49.2 mi. West of Central Hopkins|
|Rio On Pools||Waterfall||47.9 mi. West of Central Hopkins|
|Cave||47.5 mi. West of Central Hopkins|
|San Antonio Waterfall||Waterfall||49.9 mi. West of Central Sarawina|
|Waterfall||9.0 mi. West-Southwest of Central San Pedro Columbia|
|St. Herman's Cave||Cave||Central Belize|
|Tiger Cave||Cave||6.1 mi. North of Central San Pedro Columbia|
Guests can visit one of the many parks, or 3 botanical gardens in Belize.
Bacab Ecopark is located in central Belize. A jungle playground with a little something for everyone, Babacab Ecopark is the type of place that there is so much to do on site that you'll never have to leave -- but they still offer guided tours to remarkable local attractions for when you want to.
A second popular attraction in this category is Boca Del Rio Park. It takes 20 minutes to get to the park from the center of San Pedro Town, where it can be found at the mouth of the river that separates the town from the Caye.
The parks and gardens you'll be able to find are listed here:
|Bacab Ecopark||Park||Central Belize||Belize|
|Belize Botanic Gardens||Botanical Garden||0.2 mi. Northwest of Central San Ignacio||Belize|
|Blue Hole National Park||Park||29.2 mi. West-Northwest of Central Sarawina||Belize|
|Boca Del Rio Park||Park||6.9 mi. South-Southwest of Central Ambergris Cay||Ambergris Cay|
|Botanical Garden||Central Belize||Belize|
|Guanacaste National Park||Park||34.8 mi. South of Central Lamanai||Belize|
|Park||Fort George, Central Belize||Belize|
|Park||0.8 mi. South West of Central Chetumal||Mexico|
|Toledo Botanical Arboretum||Botanical Garden||1.9 mi. South of Central San Pedro Columbia||Belize|
If the thought of passing some time surrounded by animals tickles your fancy, you should visit Belize Zoo. Every animal, of which there are about 125, at the zoo is native to Belize. A tour will take you through to visit a collection of mammals like the jaguar and ocelot, birds, and reptiles like crocodiles.
Take a moment to read the table just below to learn more.
|Belize Zoo||Zoo||Central Belize||Belize|
|Zoo||0.2 mi. Northeast of Central Chetumal||Mexico|
You can learn about local agriculture by spending some time at Fallen Stones Butterfly Farm. Fallen Stones Butterfly Farm is a working farm that has been in operation since 1992. Its primary goal is the production and harvest of butterfly pupae to be exported to Europe.
|Fallen Stones Butterfly Farm||Farm||4.7 mi. East of Central San Pedro Columbia||Belize|
Another fun idea is to visit some of the more interesting area land formations. Other types of natural attractions in Belize are displayed in the following table.
|Lake||0.6 mi. South West of Central San Pedro||Ambergris Cay|
|Bay||1.9 mi. South of Central Chetumal||Mexico|
|Bay||10.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Chetumal||Belize|
|Four Mile Lagoon||Lagoon||6.7 mi. South West of Central Chetumal||Belize|
|Golden Stream||River||9.5 mi. North-Northeast of Central Punta Gorda||Belize|
|Honey Camp Lagoon||Lagoon||13.0 mi. South of Central Caledonia||Belize|
|Lagoon||5.6 mi. West of Central Chetumal||Mexico|
|Lagoon||8.0 mi. West of Central Chetumal||Mexico|
|Lagoon||5.9 mi. West of Central Chetumal||Mexico|
|Laguna Verde||Lagoon||22.2 mi. South West of Central La Union||Belize|
|Monkey River||River||2.2 mi. West-Northwest of Central Monkey River Town||Belize|
|New River Lagoon||Lake||4.9 mi. South of Central Lamanai||Belize|
|Lagoon||0.4 mi. North-Northeast of Central Placencia||Belize|
|Progresso Lagoon||Lagoon||1.6 mi. Northeast of Central Progresso||Belize|
|Punta Negra Lake||Lake||7.5 mi. South West of Central Monkey River Town||Belize|
|Ranchito Lagoon||Lagoon||13.1 mi. South West of Central Chetumal||Belize|
|Rio Grande||River||3.9 mi. South West of Central Punta Gorda||Belize|
|Rocky Point||Point||8.8 mi. Northeast of Central Ambergris Cay||Ambergris Cay|
|Lagoon||7.4 mi. South West of Central Ambergris Cay||Ambergris Cay|
Fortunately, Belize has other attractions. To navigate to our guide to other attractions, click this link.
Belize's most precious resource is nature itself, with a natural environment that provides scientists with endless habitats to study, and tourists many places to visit. Make sure you leave room in your schedule for exploration and you will surely find it to be a fulfilling experience.
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