Visit the Best Reserves in Belize
From our green mountains to our clear, blue waters Belize is a wonderous place to explore and indulge in! This small country is a popular hot spot destination for people looking to enjoy gorgeous beaches, a laidback lifestyle, and a rich diversity of flora and fauna. While Belize itself is a young country, it had its modern start from the conservative British background which includes a legacy of conservation. Roughly 26% (2.6 million acres, or 1.22 million hectares) of Belizean land and sea is preserved within a total of 95 reserves in Belize. When you visit – consider visiting as many Belize reserves as you can during your trip!
Hol Chan Marine Reserve in Belize
If you are a fan of the absolutely incredible underneath water world this one is must for you. The location is just a few miles offshore Ambergris Caye. It is located on the northern part of the Belize Barrier Reef. The protected Hol-Chan Marine Reserve is divided into four distinct marine zones:
- A – Coral Reef – Bursting with underwater life, this zone is the anchor point for the reserve, also home to several distinct species of living coral.
- B – Sea Grass Beds – Thousands of species use the undulating sea grass to hide from predators or stalk their prey.
- C – Mangroves – Closer to shore, the salt-resistant roots of the mangrove tree. Serve as a nursery for juvenile fish and animals. It also hosts a rich assortment of marine fauna.
- D – Shark Ray Alley – A natural cut in the reef gives divers a chance to see rays, sharks and dozens of other species in shallow water with a white sandy sea floor perfect for snorkeling.
Because the waters of the Hol-Chan Marine Reserve are protect from commercial fishing and industrial exploitation. Hundreds of aquatic species flourish here, including three of coral, anemones and a colorful assortment of fauna, two species of a sea turtle, large schools of fish like grouper and playful nurse sharks. Let yourself Drift Inn to the sea and enjoy the Marine Reserve.
Caracol Archeological Belize Reserve
Caracol Archaeological Reserve is the largest known Mayan archaeological site in Belize. Addition One of the great Mayan city-states of the Classic era. So far three main plazas with numerous structures and two ball courts have been excavator. Caracol is deep within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, which is a largely undeveloped tract of primary and secondary tropical rain and pine forests. The bird-watching here is excellent reason why is consider one of the best Reserves in Belize. Location: 80km (50 miles) from the George Price Highway at a turnoff just south of San Ignacio.
Reserves in Belize: Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
Crooked Tree WildLife Sanctuary is a protect area in Belize. It was designated as a waterfowl habitat on April 22, 1998 under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. During Belize’s dry season many residents to the sanctuary find refuge in the lagoons of Belize. Visit to see countless species of birds at this birdwatchers paradise.
The Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve
The Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve is the oldest of Belize’s natural parks. It encompasses a spectacular range of rolling hills, peaks, and gorges formed from some of the oldest rocks in Central America. The forest reserve comprises of 300 square miles of unpaved roads and nature trails. The top attractions in the Mountain Pine Ridge area are Rio on Pools, Big Rock Waterfalls, and Rio Frio Cave. Located in the Cayo district in the southern of Belize.
Belize's Glover's Reef Reserve
Glover’s Reef is a partially submerged atoll located off the southern coast of Belize, approximately 45 kilometres from the mainland near Hopkins. It forms part of the outermost boundary of the Belize Barrier Reef. Glover’s Reef is one of Belize’s three atolls, along with Turneffe Atoll and Lighthouse Reef. The seascape stands at the center of the Mesoamerican reef which is also the largest coral reef system in the western hemisphere. Glover’s Reef is a vital nursery and feeding ground for sea turtles, sharks and rays, and several species of fish. As one of the few true atolls in the Atlantic Ocean, this Reserve is the centerpiece of ecotourism of the Belize Barrier Reef and a World Heritage Site.
Get in touch with nature and be amazed by the lush jungle and seascapes of these protected reserves in Belize during your vacation! Comment your favorite reserve or one we missed!
Visiting Belize? Stay with Drift Inn
Are you ready for an adventure in Belize? Look no further than Drift Inn. Our comfortable and affordable accommodations provide all the necessities for your trip, including premium mattresses, private bathrooms, A/C, hot water, and WIFI. Plus, our convenient location on the island or in Cayo puts you just steps away from the beach and easy access to all major tour sites.
But we don’t just offer a place to rest your head. Drift Inn is a community of travelers who live to explore and make new connections. Our staff can organize tours and excursions, from trips to the Blue Hole to golf cart or car rental. And with opportunities to meet other guests at the bar, participating in tours, and gathering for live music, you’ll never be short of company. So, book your stay with Drift Inn and start planning your Belizean dream adventure today.