Rio On Pools

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This popular swimming waterfall is a wonderful place for the entire family. Complete with picnic tables and small covers for shade, and natural water slides, this is a great place to spend some time cooling off on a hot day while also enjoying the natural wonders of Belize.

Words cannot describe the beauty of these falls. While the Rio on Pools waterfall is not very high, perhaps only fifteen feet tall, it flows into large deep pools that are perfect for swimming. The area is covered in different layers of hard rock, and the water flows step by step down a cliff as the water below in the pools stays crystal clear. Luckily, the rock floors in the pools are smooth, so you can slide right down the falls that connect the pools together. The area is not completely rock though; you are in the middle of a nature reserve, so beyond the rocky surface there is a lush forest full of tall green trees.


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From the main road in Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, right outside the village of Augustine is the parking area for this natural water park. The easiest way to find the exact way is to simply drive to the village and ask one of the locals. The locals know of so many of the natural secrets of Belize, they might even talk about other waterfalls in the area!

Rio On Pools is situated west of Hopkins, a village in Stann Creek District; it is to the south-southeast of San Ignacio.

Nearby Restaurants

There are several picks of restaurants to select from in the area surrounding the waterfall. Gaïa Riverlodge Restaurant and Lounge, which sells International dishes, is very close-by, making it a great option for waterfall visitors. Also within reach, you'll find eateries like Pine Ridge Restaurant and Calico Jack's where you and your group should be sure to eat some Belizean fare and enjoy the local foods and culture of Belize.

Nearby Attractions

Vacationers that like waterfalls, and would like to see others, should consider seeing Big Rock Falls and Butterfly Falls; both of which are not too far from this waterfall if you've got a car. You'll find some additional places of interest in the area, including Rio On Pools, which is within traveling distance in Central Belize. You might also consider making the trip to Mountain Pine Ridge, which is another attraction close by.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of ways to stay busy. Attractions close-by can be found in the following table.

Attractions Near Rio On Pools
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Rio On Pools GeoFeature 1.2 mi. (20.9 km) NNE 13.0 mi. Southeast of San Ignacio
Mountain Pine Ridge Other Activities/Excursions 1.3 mi. (24.1 km) SSE 14.9 mi. South-Southeast of San Ignacio
Rio Frio Cave GeoFeature 1.4 mi. (20.7 km) W 12.8 mi. South-Southeast of San Ignacio
Garcia Sisters Tanah Mayan Art Museum Other Attraction 7.6 mi. (10.0 km) NNW 6.2 mi. Southeast of San Ignacio

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