Declared a nature reserve in 1994, Payne's Creek National Park features 30,000 acres of protected wetlands that tourists can explore as part of their Belizean eco-adventure.
Payne's Creek National Park is bordered by Monkey River to the north, beach ridge to the east, the Port Honduras Marine Reserve to the south and an inland savannah to the west. Within these boundaries is 37,680 acres of land that features mangroves, broadleaf forest, gallery forest, and much marshland vegetation.
A tour of Paynes Creek National Park includes views of plenty of local flora and fauna including manatee, black howler monkey, white tail deer, crocodile, jaguar, and over 300 species of birds. Also on site are at least four Mayan sites, one of which is currently under water.
Trails throughout the park are marked and easy to follow and understand, which is why this site is so popular.
Paynes Creek National Park is located 5.6 miles south west of Monkey River Town, a hamlet in Toledo District; it's 22.4 miles to the northeast of Punta Gorda.
Travelers who enjoy wildlife reservations, and have the energy to view some others, might check out Port Honduras Marine Reserve and Swasey Bladen Forest Reserve; the first of which is 0.4 miles to the southeast of this nature preserve. Additional local attractions include Golden Stream Waterfalls, which is within driving distance in Toledo District.
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