Rio On Pools

Photo Credit: © Dennis Jarvis CC BY

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.


Located in Central Belize, west of Hopkins, Rio On Pools always welcomes local residents and vacationers rooming in this part of Belize. Even if you aren't staying in this location, you are free to drop by to check it out. It's south-southeast of San Ignacio.

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!

Nearby Restaurants

There are a multitude of restaurants to pick from in the region around this waterfall. Gaïa Riverlodge Restaurant and Lounge, which serves up International dishes, will be of particular interest to visitors looking for a convenient meal. Hidden Valley Inn Restaurant and Calico Jack's are some of the additional restaurant options within reach. At Calico Jack's you and your party will be able to try a bite of Belizean food and experience the culture of Belize.

Nearby Attractions

Visitors that like waterfalls, and would like to see others, should consider Big Rock Falls and Butterfly Falls; both of which are within traveling distance of this waterfall. There are some other activities nearby, including Rio On Pools, which is within traveling range in Central Belize. Also think about checking out Mountain Pine Ridge, which is another nearby attraction.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, take a look at what is closest 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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Location: Central Belize, Belize


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