Savannah Forest Station at Paynes Creek

A national park comprised of 30,000 acres of land, Paynes Creek became a nature reserve in 1994 and then a national park in 1999. It is important for its coastal ridges and wetland habitats.

The forest is comprised of a pineridge savannah, a broadleaf forest, a creek, a lake, a lagoon, and much more.

The best way to see Paynes Creek is to take a boat through Punta Ycacos Lagoon, which is home to an important manatee breeding ground and the nesting sites of several forms of wildlife. You can also take a one hour hike from the ranger station where you can get a paper guide that tells you where to go and what you're seeing along the way. Camping is a possibility.


Located in Toledo District, 4.7 miles west-southwest of Alabama Warf, Savannah Forest Station at Paynes Creek welcomes residents and vacationers who are rooming in this part of Belize. Regardless of whether or not you are staying in the vicinity, you are free to stop by for some fun in the sun. It's west of Placencia.

Nearby Restaurants

If you've worked up an appetite exploring the nature sanctuary, you're in luck, as you can find numerous choices of restaurants near this attraction. The most convenient eatery to Savannah Forest Station at Paynes Creek is Cardie's Restaurant, which plates up American fare. Also nearby, you and your group will find options including French Connection and Daisy's Ice Cream where you and your party will not want to end your meal without trying their specialty ice cream.

Nearby Attractions

Travelers who enjoy nature preserves, and have the energy to view some others, might consider a trip to Swasey Bladen Forest Reserve and Placencia Mangroves; the first of which is 7.7 miles to the west of this nature preserve. You'll find at least one or two other attractions in the area, including World's Narrowest Main Street, which is seven and a half miles away Placencia.

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Location: Southern Highway, Toledo District, Belize


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