You Better BelizeIt

You are here  : Home What To See Inland Protected Areas Guanacaste National Park
Guanacaste National Park PDF Print E-mail

Guanacaste National Park is the smallest and most easily accessible national park in Belize.  Situated just outside the capital of Belmopan near the village of Roaring Creek , the park is  bounded on the north by the Belize River and on the south by the junction of the Western and Southern Highways.

This 50-acre pocket of protected tropical forest was established as a Crown Reserve in 1973 and gained National Park status in 1990.

Notable Features

  • The park is named for the Guanacaste (Tubroos) tree which is one of the largest tree species in Central America.
  • The Guanacaste tree has wide-reaching branches which support numerous epiphytes, including several species of orchids, bromeliads, ferns and cacti. As a highly prized hardwood it is known to be resistant to insects and decay. Its lumber is the material of choice for construction of dugout canoes.
  • There are two broad forest types in Guanacaste National Park, Cohune Palm forest and Broadleaf Hardwood forest with much of both types in secondary growth stage after being reclaimed from cleared land.
  • A third community of riparian forest can be found along the riverbank and is adapted to periodic flooding.

Visitor Experience
Close to two busy communities, Roaring Creek Village and the capital city, Belmopan the park is right alongside the nations’ busiest highway which is on the main bus route.

Guanacaste National Park offers a relaxing introduction to the tropical forests of Belize with its well appointed Visitor center and easily traversed trails with trees and plants that have been clearly identified.  There are also a few river overlook decks for watching birds and or simply enjoying the local environment.
Location of Guanacaste

Search Lodgings

Featured Resort

Pelican Beach Resort
Pelican Beach Resort
Name: Pelican Beach Resort
Description: With architecture reminiscent of Belize's colonial past, colorful tropical gardens, sprawling verandas, and shaded dockside palapas, Pelican Beach Resort - Dangriga is filled with old world charm. * Stay in spacious and comfortable rooms with air-c ...
State: Stann Creek District
Show more...

Support Our Advertisers

The Belize Forums

Belize in Social Media

Other Online Resources

Belize by Naturalight - #1 website for information about Belize

Belize Search - Just like Google, but only for Belize

Go Ambergris Caye - Complete travel information on Belize's most popular destination.

Go Caye Caulker - Complete travel information on a popular island destination in Belize.

Belize District - Complete travel information on the centrally located Belize District.

Southern Belize - Complete travel information on the southern district of Belize.

Placencia - Complete travel information on one of Belize's most popular coastal destinations.

Northern Belize - Complete information about travel and visiting the northern regions of Belize.

Belize Forums - Want to check on what others have to say about travels to Belize? Need to ask a question? This is the site.


You are here  : Home What To See Inland Protected Areas Guanacaste National Park

Recommended Photo Equipment

Tony Rath Photography

Pelican Beach Resort