Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve


Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve (BCNPMR) is a protected area and UNESCO World Heritage Site on the northern part of Ambergris Caye in Belize.

The park has a high degree of diversity of habitats, encompassing swamps, grasslands, and various tropical forests, including a medium semi-deciduous forest and a rare littoral, or beach forest, which elsewhere in Belize has diminished due to coastal development. BCNPMR’s marine habitats include extensive tracts of mangrove and sea grass beds, patch and barrier reef, and the largest lagoon on the island of Ambergris caye, Laguna de Cantena. Bacalar Chico, is the only location in Belize where the barrier reef meets the shore.

All six species of cats native to Belize have been recorded in the park. The forests are also home to a population of the endangered White-lipped Peccary. The mangroves and sea grass beds are home to manatees and crocodiles. Near Rocky Point lies the largest nesting beach for Loggerhead sea turtles and Green sea turtles in Belize, and one of the largest for the Hawksbill sea turtle.

Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve Belize