Nature Reserves in Belize

Belize Nature Reserves are many in number, spread all across the country. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most popular ones where you will get to experience the convergence of nature and wilderness.

  • Bacalar Chio Nature Reserve: An UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Bacalar Chio presents the legacy of the act of conservation. With a 12,000 and 15,000 acre terrestrial and marine reserve consecutively. It covers as much as 130 kilometer square of the immaculate Belize Barrier Reef and the Robles and Rocky points. With 40 mammals and 140 avian species, you will find an amazing range of coastal birds and marine life. Bacalar Chio Nature Reserve Belize separates the land from Mexico.
  • Belize Barrier Reef: It is said that almost 90% of the reef still remains to be researched. The Belizean Barrier Reef comprises of 36 soft coral species, 70 hard coral species, several invertebrate species and almost 500 species of fish. Part of the Belize Barrier Reef is the Great Blue Hole of Belize. Is an underwater sinkhole which is large and situated off the coast. It is exactly situated in the middle of Lighthouse Reef, a small island. Diving in Belize Blue Hole is an exhilarating experience.
  • Bladen River Nature Reserve: Wilderness of more than 97,000 acres, it encompasses the Mayan Mountains. Said to be the most pristine of the protected rainforest, it has huge areas of limestone hills, sinkholes, caves and breath taking waterfalls. With an ancient Mayan site in Quebrada de Or Valley, it is a perfect haven for the most exotic wildlife, rock mounds representing the long forgotten tombs, colossal lianas, blossoming plants and giant herbs. With as many as 194 species of bird and 300 species of animals, this Belize Nature Reserve will surely provide a visual treat. Though tourism provided is limited, an enquiry at the Forestry Department would prove beneficial.
  • Blue Hole National Park of Belize: The Blue Hole National Park of Belize is named after a blue hole which is a refreshing pool. The park also has a lot of caves, like St. Herman's Cave and the Actun Loch Tunich Belize sinkhole which are underground connected. A bird’s eye view of the black sink hole, as the Actun Loch Tunich Belize Sinkhole is also called, from above can be quite daunting; the very thought of going down that deep, dark abyss tied to a rope can send chills down your spine. Brave-hearted you must be to venture into the Actun Loch Tunich Belize sinkhole, as well as physically fit.
  • Cockscomb Basin Forest Reserve: The Cockscomb Basin Forest Reserve was set up in 1984 largely due to the concentrated efforts of Alan Rabinowitz and is the only jaguar reserve in the world. The Cockscomb Basin Forest Reserve in Belize occupies about 150 square miles and is home to many other cat species, besides the jaguar and a large variety of tropical birds.


  • Columbia Forest Reserve: The Columbia Forest Reserve in Belize is the most charming forest of the world. The forest is situated in the tropical part of the Maya Mountains and is best visited from January to March. One thing must be kept in mind that the place is the wettest area of Belize.
  • Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary: The Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary in Belize is so called because of the crooked cashew trees that are seen in abundance around the lagoon. The Crooked Tree is also the oldest village in Belize which sees large numbers of migrating birds flocking to the lagoons, swamps and rivers from December to May. Tourists flock to Belize to have a glimpse of the migrating birds between February and May which are the best months for bird watching in this place.
  • Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve: The Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve was set up in 1944 and is managed by the Forest Department. Unfortunately a huge bush fire in 1949 wiped out most of the trees in the reserve. So all trees in this reserve are of the same age. Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve in Belize is one of the most popular reserves among tourists who found it a great relief from the heat of the lowlands. The best time to visit is between March to June as July to November is the rainy season with maximum rains during September and October.
  • Sarstooth National Park: The Belize Sarstooth National Park is best for the uniqueness and a wide range of animals like the warries, ocelots, tapirs and jaguars. Apart from these, there are other animals that are really considered as the rarest species in the world and can only be found in these areas. There are various birds that are also uncommon in nature like the scarlet macaw. With these animals and their uniqueness, the place has obtained its popularity.
  • Shipstern Nature Reserve: Located in the north-eastern part of Belize, the reserve covers a huge area of 11,000 hectares protecting the natural habits that range from the lagoons and saline wetlands to the dry forest of the Yucatan. The dry forest is a rarity in itself and is only found in Shipstern. Nature Reserve in Belize also houses all the five cat species and the endangered Baird’s Tapir. The myriad of vegetations and animals that is exemplary project boasts of many endangered species.
  • Sibun Forest Reserve: Belize travel will be virtually incomplete without a visit to the Sibun Forest Reserve Belize. This is one of the most heavily visited reserves in Belize since it offers visitors respite from the hot lowlands.