Known by many for its beaches, Belize is also a jungled tropical paradise. Belizean forests are alive with squawking birds and other wildlife, with a multitude of national parks allowing visitors to hike winding trails thick with palms, ferns, vines, and flowers. Some of these forests are sliced by rivers and streams, and if you follow any of them long enough, you're likely eventually find a jaw-dropping waterfall.
Some you need to book a guide to find, and others you can find on your own. But all of them offer romantic moments in a one-of-a-kind setting. To that end, here are our ten favorite romantic waterfalls in Belize.
Tiger Fern Waterfall
Part of the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the Tiger Fern Trail takes you to a pair of waterfalls after a stunning jungle overlook. After your amazing jungle hike, you can cool off beneath these falls, or grab a soak and a smooch before a picnic lunch. This preserve is home to a number of jaguars, but you're unlikely to see any on your hike. Believe us, it's probably better that way!
If you want to feel like you've stumbled into the jungle world from the movie Avatar, Butterfly Falls is the place. They're exclusive, hidden on private land owned by the aptly-named Hidden Valley Inn. The inn was lucky enough to purchase land that is part of the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, a protected national park. What does this mean for visitors like you? Well, because of their exclusivity, these waterfalls can never be fully swarmed with tourists. It's a rare opportunity to get a private moment at a stunning waterfall just for yourselves.
Ben's Bluff Falls
Mayan King Falls
Named after the Maya people, Mayan King Falls is not known to many. This has earned it a reputation as one of Belize's best-kept secrets. That's because it's hidden away on private property. One of the benefits of this waterfall is, for those not looking to pair their visit with a hike, you can drive up most of the way. Other waterfalls on this list require that you hike through the jungle to get there. For many couples that's part of the fun, but for those looking to skip straight to the waterfall, Mayan King is the one to visit!
Big Rock Falls
Another one located in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, Big Rock Falls is nice and accessible while offering a feeling of off-the-beaten-path remoteness. You can relax, pack a picnic, jump off the rocks into thre water. there are a number of ways to get there, with varying length hikes so you can hike as little or as much as you want. For those preferring no hike at all, you can pretty much just arrive on-site, walk down a staircase, and arrive at the falls!
To get to Rio Blanco, you need to pay an entrance fee to Rio Blanco National Park. That fee helps protect this fragile habitat, and supports the local indigenous communities that still live there. The hike to these falls is short -- only about ten minutes or less. These falls go along a gentle slope, letting you soak in the pool below and splash beneath them. If you're adventurous, jump from the rocks into the pool beneath -- just double check to make sure it's deep enough.
Rio on Pools
Rio on Pools is known for the natural pools that connect together at its base, giving ample opportunity to splash, swim, and sunbathe on the rocks. Also located in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, a mecca for Belize waterfalls. There are lots of shaded areas, plus picnic tables to enjoy a meal with the trickling waterfalls right within earshot.