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Blue Hole National Park
Blue Hole National Park

Blue Hole National Park

Hummingbird Highway, Belmopan, Belize

The basics

Travelers exploring solo can follow a self-guided trail that leads a short distance into St. Herman’s Cave. If you want to venture any further—either on foot or on an inner tube—you’ll need to go with a guide. Spelunking excursions into Crystal Cave, which features examples of Maya pottery and glittering calcite crystals, are only possible with a guide and are typically more physically challenging and claustrophobic.

Tours of the park depart from San Ignacio, Belmopan, Hopkins, and Belize City. Itineraries typically include a guided excursion into one of the cave systems, as well as a short jungle hike, and a refreshing dip in the park’s eponymous freshwater pool. If you’re a fan of bird-watching, bring binoculars; keen-eyed visitors can spot many different species perched on branches and vines, including Rufous-tailed jacamars and keel-billed toucans—the national bird of Belize.

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Private Crystal Cave and Blue Hole National Park Day Trip from San Ignacio
Private Crystal Cave and Blue Hole National Park Day Trip from San Ignacio
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$140.00 per adult
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The most intense and exhilarating...
The most intense and exhilarating experience. Our tour guide was great, very knowledgeable, and fun. This is not for the faint hearted! You must be physically mobile and willing to get dirty. Worth the money and now I'm leaving with incredible memories!
Maclaine_H, May 2017

Things to know before you go

  • Blue Hole National Park should not be confused with the Great Blue Hole, a UNESCO-listed ocean sinkhole situated in the Belize Barrier Reef.
  • Flashlights, which are necessary inside the darkened caves, can be rented from the park’s visitor center.
  • Bring water shoes to protect your feet from the rocks underfoot at the Blue Hole and bug repellent to ward off mosquitoes.
  • Pack a spare pair of clothes if you’re caving, as you’re likely to get wet and muddy.
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How to get there

Find the visitors center just off the Hummingbird Highway, about 11 miles (18 kilometers) from Belmopan. From the center, trails lead to St. Herman’s Cave. The Blue Hole is about a 45-minute hike from the visitor center.

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When to get there

Mosquitoes are more prevalent during the rainy season (between May and mid-November) and heavy rains can make the water of the Blue Hole murkier than usual, so it’s better to visit in the dry season (mid-November–April) if possible.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Blue Hole National Park?
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Attractions near Blue Hole National Park:
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What else should I know about attractions in San Ignacio?
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As well as visiting the Blue Hole National Park, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: