Guanacaste National Park
The entrance to Guanacaste National Park is located right at the roundabout, where the Western highway intersects with the Hummingbird highway, at the entrance to Belmopan. Ironically, the giant Guanacaste tree (which the park is named after) at the park’s entrance, was cut down in 2015 to make way for the new roundabout. There are still many in the park though.
The park is maintained by the Belize Audubon Society. There is an educational center, a gift shop, and over 2 miles (3 km) of maintained trails. The park’s workers recommend that visitors wear long-sleeved shirts, sturdy shoes and pants to avoid contact with poisonous plants.
Besides the famous guanacaste tree, this national park is also home to other tree species such as the Rain tree, Mamey sapote, Brazilian firetree, and Honduras mahogany, Belize’s national tree. Belize’s reputation for an extensive biodiversity is also evident in the park’s wide range of animals that tourists are able to observe. These include the White-tailed deer, Jaguarundi, Kinkajou & Nine-banded armadillo, among many others. It is also a favorite for bird watching. Over one hundred different bird species have been recorded.
Hours: 8 am to 4:30 pm.
Price: $1 for nationals. $5 for none-nationals.
Hotel: Banana Bank Lodge & Jungle Horseback Adventures is the ideal place to stay, being located right on the edge of the park.