10 Epic Spots to Swim in Belize

by Larry Waight
Rio Blanco Falls water

Going for a swim in Belize means more than hitting the pool or beach. Instead, here are 10 epic swimming spots where you can cool off after a day in Belize’s tropical sun.

Big Rock Falls


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This waterfall is in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Preserve, which contains more than 100,000 acres. You can’t swim or walk through the waterfall, but you can swim in the pool below it. It’s one of the most pristine waterfalls in Belize. Looking to spend the night? Checkout Blancaneaux Lodge or Gaia Riverlodge

Davis Falls


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At 500 feet, it’s the second tallest waterfall in Belize. Davis Falls is in a rugged, remote section of the Stann Creek District. Davis Falls is close to the town of Dangriga, Belize which makes it a convenient stop-off for an epic swim. The best way to visit Davis Falls is on a guided tour.

Butterfly Falls


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This lovely waterfall is on private property. Guests of the Hidden Valley Inn can arrange a guided tour of the fall. It’s also located in the Mountain Pine Ridge.

Mayan King


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Belize’s most popular waterfall features two cascading streams, a walkway lined with orange trees and a natural tree canopy known as “the cathedral.” Mayan King is located close to Placencia. It makes a great stopping spot on any excursion in the Placencia area.

Five Sisters Falls


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This is a good choice if you don’t want a tough, rugged hike to your waterfall. Five Sisters is a group of five pools and falls, a private accessed escape on-site of Gaia Riverlodge.  They’re in a part of the Mountain Pine Ridge that’s easy to reach and has well-marked walkways. Added bonus? Bypassing the 360 steps back up by taking the tram, before rewarding yourself with lunch at Gaia Riverlodge.

Rio Blanco


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Visit the Rio Blanco waterfall at the Rio Blanco National Park in the Toledo District. This is not as well-known as other Belize waterfalls. It’s ideal if you’re looking for a quiet, secluded getaway. Interestingly, you can travel with a purpose and support the conservation of these protected areas; most are members of APAMO Belize, who encourage protected areas to be your new travel destinations.  

Billy Barquedier


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This waterfall isn’t especially tall, but it has a wonderful location and a large natural pool. It’s in the Billy Barquedier National Park in the Stann Creek District.

San Antonio Waterfall

It’s in a small village rural village in the Toledo District. The road to the waterfall is paved, so it’s an easy drive from anywhere in southern Belize. San Antonio is a shady, cool natural pool.

Rio On Pools


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There’s no better way to cool off after your expeditions through jungles or Maya ruins. This is a group of pools and waterfalls in the Mountain Pine preserve and close to the Caracol ruins. Not to mention, the Mountain Pine Ridge hosts some of the most epic swimming spots in Belize. 

Tiger Fern Waterfall


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This scenic waterfall is in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. It’s about three miles from the park entrance, and although self-guided, you can take a guided tour to get there. Wildlife and birds frequently visit the Tiger Fern.

Cool off the natural way in Belize

When you’re visiting Maya ruins, wildlife parks, caves and other spots in Belize, you can work up a sweat. Cool off the natural way in a waterfall or natural pool. 

Feature photo via Instagram @tahneealanawilson.

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