Northern Belize Featured Accommodations
Lovely Resorts and Remote Lodges offer the perfect setting from which to visit the Lamanai and Altun Ha Maya sites, discover the diverse wetlands of the Crooked Tree Lagoon, and discover the area's charming villages.
For those interested in wildlife and Maya Sites, a visit to Northern Belize is well worth a few days of your journey. The Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary is renowned as one of Belize's best birding destinations while Bermudian Landing is home to the Community Baboon Sanctuary - a program preserving habitat for an estimated 2,000 Mexican Black Howler monkeys. Venture a little farther north and you encounter the Lamanai. La Milpa, and Altun Ha Maya sites, the massive Rio Bravo Conservation Area, and abundant wetland wildlife at your finger tips. Lamanai is Belize's second largest site and arguably one of the most picturesque as it sits on a hill overlooking the New River Lagoon and the the massive wetlands which extend south towards Crooked Tree. Staying at one Northern Belize's lovely lodges allows you easy access to explore these impressive Maya Sites and the unique landscape the surrounds them - and will also provide some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the country.
Lamanai Outpost Lodge
Lamanai Outpost Lodge is a remote jungle lodge situated on the banks of the 28 mile long spring fed New River Lagoon in northern Belize. It is surrounded by forest and looks out over miles of Belize's largest wetland habitat, which extends south and provides a home for a variety of native and migratory birds as well as mammals and reptiles. The nearest full-service lodge or hotel is over 70 miles away from the Lamanai Outpost Lodge, which is typically accessed by an hour long boat ride up the New River from Orange Walk Town. However, traveling to this remote location is what a visit to the Lamanai Outpost Lodge is all about. It is within walking distance of the Lamanai Maya Site, Belize's second largest, and spending part of your day exploring the site will be a true highlight of your journey to Belize. The Lamanai Outpost Lodge also specializes in intimate nature tours in the surrounding forest and wetlands. They offer a range of fully guided "soft-adventure experiences" that start right from your cabaña’s doorstep and will likely include only you and a few other guests from the lodge. Taking a night safari to spot crocodiles, a dawn canoe ride in the Crab-Catcher Lagoon, and a sunset cruise on the lodge's pontoon boat are highly recommended activities not to be missed. Seventeen rustic but comfortable cabanas are built mostly out of wood in keeping with the jungle location while the onsite restaurant serves delectable multi-course meals providing guests with a surprisingly refined dining experience despite the remote setting.
Black Orchid Resort
The Black Orchid Resort is located in a lovely setting on the banks of the Belize River on the outskirts of Burrell Boom Village, just 30 minutes from Belize City and 15 minutes from the Belize International Airport. This location makes it the perfect starting point for your journey to Belize and provides a nice introduction to the country's lovely natural environment and welcoming culture. Day trips to explore the Altun Ha and Lamanai Maya Sites, to go birding at the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, and to get up close and personal with the Mexican Black Howler Monkeys at the Community Baboon Sanctuary at Bermudian Landing are all at your finger tips from this location. The Black Orchid Resort also offers complimentary canoes for guests to use on the Belize River and complimentary bicycles to go exploring in the nearby villages. Sixteen well-appointed rooms (including several brand new additions) are well-appointed with tropical hardwoods and stone furnishings, air-conditioners, flat-screen televisions, and free wi-fi. The onsite restaurant serves tasty Belizean cuisine and other amenities include a lovely pool area, a bar, and an assortment of services at the rooftop spa.
La Milpa & the Rio Bravo Conservation Area
La Milpa is a remote nature lodge located in the northern portion of the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area (RBCMA) in northern Belize that has been hailed as the “Birder’s Paradise of Belize”. The RBCMA is a private conservation area owned and held in trust for the people of Belize by Programme for Belize (PFB), a private, not-for-profit organization that markets itself as the educational and cultural leader in ecotourism excursions. Since 1988, PFB’s purpose has always been to preserve the natural heritage and biological diversity of Belize and all revenues derived from tourism operations within the RBCMA are re-invested into the Management and Conservation efforts of the reserve. The RBCMA is home to a wide cross section of biodiversity possibly not found as concentrated anywhere else in the country of Belize. Visitors seeking to view rare birds, mammals, insects, amphibians, and reptiles find that a visit to the RBCMA and a stay at La Milpa offers some of the best wildlife viewing in the country. La Milpa, is also the only lodge near the La Milpa Maya Site – currently under excavation, this site is thought to be the 3rd largest Maya Site in Belize after Caracol and Lamanai. Lodging at La Milpa is in simple thatched cabañas, each with two double beds and an upstairs loft to accommodate an extra guest. Power at La Milpa comes from solar energy and each cabana is equipped with a fan in the main areas and lofts to make your stay more comfortable. “Quiet time” begins at 9.00 pm, and it is asked that guests refrain from playing radios or making any loud noise which may disturb others and the wildlife in the area. La Milpa and the RBCMA is truly remote wild destination offering both a quiet and relaxing retreat in nature at an authentic eco-lodge and the opportunity for up close and exciting wildlife encounters.