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 the northeastern part of Toledo District, 4.7 miles west-southwest of Alabama Warf, Savannah Forest Station at Paynes Creek happily welcomes local customers and travelers lodging in this part of Belize. But even if you aren't staying particularly close, you should consider stopping by to check it out. It is west of Placencia.

Nearby Restaurants

There are several picks of dining options to pick from in the area immediately near this nature preserve. The most nearby eatery to Savannah Forest Station at Paynes Creek is Cardie's Restaurant, which dishes out American meals. French Connection and Daisy's Ice Cream are some of the other food and drink options near Savannah Forest Station at Paynes Creek. At Daisy's Ice Cream you and your party can not get up and go without sampling their specialty, ice cream.

Nearby Attractions

Those who enjoy nature preserves, and are interested in visiting others, should consider seeing 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 a couple other places of interest in the area, including World's Narrowest Main Street, which is seven and a half miles away Placencia.

More Information

Location: Southern Highway, Toledo District, Belize


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