Belize: A Place for Nature Enthusiasts

by McNab Editorial Team
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Belize boasts approximately 103 protected areas are protected in Belize, making up about 46% of its landmass as protected. This provides various opportunities for travellers to experience natural trails, waterfalls, beautiful marine life, and breathtaking caves.

Go ahead and wander into our most popular and accessible protected sites, teeming with wildlife on and off land. Here’s a list of some of the protected areas and what you can see at each in Belize that you must visit.

Natural Monuments

Victoria Peak Natural Monument: Birds (Crested Guan, White-collared Manakin, parrots, and toucans), wild cats, armadillos, gibnut, and agouti.

Blue Hole Natural Monument: Stalactites at over 100 feet depth, and reef sharks.

Half Moon Caye Natural Monument: Red-footed boobies, magnificent frigatebirds, osprey, egrets, and others.

Nature and Forest Reserves

Mountain Pine Ridge: Wild Cats, and birds (Warbler, Common Crossbill, King Vulture, and Blue-Crowned Motmot, and Keel-Billed toucan).

Chiquibul National Park and Forest Reserve: Scarlet macaws, the Natural Arch-a geographical formation-and the chiquibul cave system (the largest in Central America)

Private Reserves

Community Baboon Sanctuary: Howler monkeys, birds, iguanas, and armadillos.

protected howler monkey

National Parks

Rio Blanco National Park: Nature trails and waterfalls

Laughing Bird National Park: Birds, sea turtles, nurse sharks, barracuda, and angelfish

Guanacaste National Park: White-tailed deer, jaguarundi, kinkajou, armadillos, birds (blue-crowned motmot, woodpecker, magnolia warbler, and belted kingfisher)

Mayflower Bocawina National Park: nature trails and waterfalls

Billy Barquedier National Park: Nature trails and waterfalls

St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park: Caves, sinkhole, and nature trails

Bird Sanctuaries

Man-O-War Caye: Boobies and frigatebirds

Bird Caye: White Ibis, Double-crested Cormorants, herons, egrets, and anhingas

Wildlife Sanctuaries

Swallow Caye: Manatees

Cockscomb Basin: birds, tapir, and wild cats (jaguar, jaguarundi, puma, margay, and ocelot)

Marine Reserves

Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve: Whale sharks

Turneffe Atoll: White-spotted toadfish, green moray eels, dolphins, trunkfish, eagle rays, giant jewfish, stingrays, sea turtles, and others.

Hol Chan: Stingrays, Nurse sharks, sea turtles

Bacalar Chico: Crocodiles, manatees, wild cats, sea turtles

Glover’s Reef Atoll: Spawning site for the endangered Nassau grouper (closed to fishing)

South Water Caye: Boobies, frigatebirds, black grouper, Nassau grouper, sea turtles, manatees, and spotted eagle rays.

Caye Caulker: Manatees, yellow gorgonians, star coral, and queen angelfish

Original article by PACT

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