Eco-Lodges in Belize are generally of a very high standard and offer a fantastic range of excursions. Most of them have both nature and culture excursions on their menus, including visits to enigmatic Maya Ruins or Mayan villages. Some offer the opportunity to engage with native people and learn about wildlife, medicinal plants or traditional foods and lifestyles.
Lodges that are located out in the Cayes predominantly offer sea-based adventures, such as sea-kayaking, snorkelling or diving. Some also offer land-based tours, but it is much less convenient to reach the inland sites once you are out in the Cayes.
Lamanai Outpost Lodge
Lamanai Outpost Lodge is one of Belize’s original Jungle Lodges. It is superbly situated, deep within the heart of Belize, in the Orange Walk Town District, on the doorstep of one of the country’s most important Mayan Archeological sites, the ceremonial city of Lamanai. Nestled on the shores of a spring-fed lagoon, it offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities right from your cabaña. The lodge is often used by the Audubon Society for their birdwatching tours due to the great location.
Hidden Valley Inn
Hidden Valley Inn offers a unique, first-class experience combining exquisite lodging and fine dining with a wide range of soft adventure options. An extensive trail network on the property of approximately 90 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails offer a wide range of close range destinations to secret waterfalls and caves.
Cotton Tree Lodge
Cotton Tree Lodge is a wonderful eco-lodge in the deep south of Belize, about 9 miles from Punta Gorda. The adventures offered at this lodge focus on cultural interactions with the local Maya communities and in particular, the local organic cocoa farm. This is the best place to have authentic interactions with the local people and learn about their lifestyles and traditions. Additionally, a wide range of soft adventures is also available at this unique lodge.
Table Rock Lodge
A lovely, intimate setting right on the Macal River in the Cayo District of Belize, this eco-lodge with only 10 cabanas, excels with its friendly and highly personalized style. Unlike most other lodges, here you can choose as to whether to participate in group activities or explore on your own. A good range of activities, cultural, as well as active soft adventures or extreme relaxation – it’s your choice.
Hamanasi Dive Resort
Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort truly stands out among the multitude of dive resorts and beach hotels in Belize. What makes it special is its ambience of casual elegance. A secluded, intimate boutique resort located on the beach south of Hopkins, Hamanasi sits on hundreds of feet of Caribbean Sea beachfront surrounded by tropical flora on the finest stretch of beach in Belize.
Caves Branch Lodge
One of the best lodges for active travellers of all ages, Caves Branch Lodge specializes in nature and adventure travel of the highest standards. But not only their guides are the best to be found in Belize. Accommodations, food and services are all of excellent quality. Yet their operation has a family-style ambience, where everybody is part of the team. A wide range of very comfortable accommodation options to suit all kinds of different travellers. This lodge not only suits high adrenaline thrill seekers but active and adventurous families as well. Guides are specially trained to make adventures safe and accessible even for young explorers.
Turneffe Flats Lodge
The exquisite location of this lodge, 30 miles off the coast on the picturesque Turneffe Atoll creates an ambience like no-where else in Belize. Turneffe Atoll is the largest and most biologically diverse coral atoll in the Western Hemisphere. Now protected as Belize’s newest and largest Marine Reserve, Turneffe Atoll is remote and beautiful, yet easily accessible via a 50-ft transfer boat. With crystal-clear water and healthy coral reefs teeming with a vast array of marine life, this spot offers some of the finest guided snorkeling in the Caribbean.
Pooks Hill Lodge
Pook’s Hill Lodge is a small, family-run lodge in Western Belize. Clustered around a restored Maya residential site in the heart of a 300-acre private rainforest reserve, it serves as a buffer to the 7,000 acres Tapir Mountain Reserve. Pook’s Hill Lodge is a secret tip amongst birders, for its excellent location and calm and peaceful ambience.