The exit of Kabal Cave, Chiquibul Forest, Belize.

10 National Parks in Belize That You Need to See Before You Die

Even though Belize is mostly famous for its fabulous beaches, ancient Maya cities and scuba diving, there are ten National Parks that are a must see! The wildlife and forests at these parks are spectacular!

Below are 10 national parks you might want to visit when you travel to Belize.

Mountain Pine Ridge

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It’s Belize’s oldest park located in southern Central Belize. It was established to protect the Belizean pines and is a very popular with travelers.

Blue Hole National Park

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The Blue Hole National Park got its name for the blue pool that was a stretch of underground river cave. It has become a favorite swimming hole and is a perfect place for bird watching.

Chiquibul National Park

The exit of Kabal Cave, Chiquibul Forest, Belize.

Photo by Alvarez Photography

Its Belize’s largest national park with 264,000 acres that surrounds the city of Caracol, a Mayan city designated as an archeological reserve. Belize’s highest mountain, Doyle’s Delight is found here.

Cockscomb Basin National Park


Located in the Stann Creek District, this park was established as a reserve to protect a large jaguar population and the forest. It has the world’s only Jaguar Reserve.

Bacalar Chico National Park

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This park is on the northern end of Ambergris Caye. Because of its remote location, there usually aren’t very many visitors and it’s an excellent place to snorkel.

Rio Blanco National Park


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Located in the Mayan Mountain Forest Reserve on 105 acres, the Rio Blanco National Park is where you’ll find an amazing waterfall. It’s also where you’ll find the Blue Creek and Moho Rivers.

Sarstoon-Temash National Park

This park is known for its variety of wildlife situated between the Sarstoon and Temash Rivers by the southern border of Guatemala. You’re likely to find manatee feeding on grass beds.

Monkey Bay National Park


Monkey Bay is found in central Belize, bordered by the Sibun River. You’ll find 3300 protected acres of wildlife and Mayan caves with the possibility of seeing puma, tapir, jaguars, and Morelet’s crocodiles.

Laughing Bird Caye National Park

Located on a tropical island just off the Placencia coast is the sensational Laughing Bird Caye Park. It was named for the Laughing Gull that breeds there.

Guanacaste National Park

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It’s a 50 acre park in Central Belize that got its name from a huge Guanacaste tree. It’s near Belmopan, Belize’s capital.

It may be difficult to visit all ten parks in one trip. You’ll just have to return to Belize until you visit all of them!



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