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 happily welcomes tourists who are lodging in this area of Belize. Whether or not you're staying in this location, you are free to stop by for some fun in the sun. It is 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

If you work up an appetite viewing this waterfall, you're in luck, since you'll find a great concentration of food and drink providers near this attraction. Gaïa Riverlodge Restaurant and Lounge, which serves International dishes, is very close-by, making it a great option for waterfall visitors. Also close-by, you and your companions will encounter restaurants like Hidden Valley Inn Restaurant and Calico Jack's where you will be able to sample Belizean fare and enjoy the local foods and culture of Belize.

Nearby Attractions

Active travelers that like waterfalls, and would like to see others, might check out Big Rock Falls and Butterfly Falls; which are both within traveling distance of this page's waterfall. Additional local attractions include Rio On Pools, which is within traveling distance in Central Belize. Also consider heading to Mountain Pine Ridge, which is another attraction nearby.

Waterfalls are a great attraction to visit, but there's more to visit in Belize. The following table includes other attractions close-by.

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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