Mayflower Bocawina National Park
Mayflower Bocawina National Park: Belize’s Very Own Eden
Not all parks are created equal—particularly in Belize where natural diversity is matched only by the diverse cultures found within this popular vacation destination. That said, nothing truly compares to Mayflower Bocawina National Park when it comes to lush beauty. The park sprawls across 7,107 miles of wild, untamed territory offering a mixed bag of ecosystems that range from evergreen stands to lowland jungle and hilly forests awash in flowers, trees, plants and wildlife. Spend a day. Make it a longer stay. Just don’t miss this paradise!
Mayflower Bocawina National Park
Located in the Silk Grass Village area, travelers impressed by Belize’s commitment to sustainability and a smaller carbon footprint flock here to find the widest variety of natural wonders in one place. The heart of this majestic mix of attractions is found within an 11-mile epicenter where visitors can experience waterfalls, walking trails, swimming pools, mountains, jungle and even several small Mayan ruins.
Why you should visit
Located in close proximity to Cockscomb Basin, expect to see more here simply because there’s much less foot traffic. Bocawina Falls is a first-class birding site, wildlife observation posts are scattered throughout the park, and most trails are well maintained so it’s easy to relax and enjoy a hike through the park. Co-managed by Friends of Mayflower Bocawina National Park, visitors wishing to be fully immersed in nature are encouraged to pitch tents and camp here.
Where is it located?
Bocawina sprawls across a vast tract of land, yet it’s located just 16 miles southwest of Dangriga and 12 miles northwest of Hopkins. Either starting point will get you to the park quickly, but you may not have to wait to get here to start your adventure: Black Howler Monkeys indigenous to this area are so “outspoken” you are sure to hear the park even before you reach it.
When is the best time to visit?
This depends upon your willingness to “rough it”! Because vast canopies of trees cover much of the park, things can get muggy during certain months of the year and when green season brings tropical rains, you will want to have bug repellent in your bag. If weather is of no consequence, visit any time during the year, though your willingness to pitch a tent and camp during frequent shower season could test your mettle and endurance!
How to get here
Locate the Stann Creek District on a map to identify the park’s location. You can take the Hummingbird Highway to the Southern Highway. At mile 6, locate the 4.5 mile access road that leads to the park. Simplify your life by engaging a guide in Dangriga or Hopkins and letting him handle the logistics and the roads for a more pleasurable journey.
Best way to experience Mayflower Bocawina National Park
Take in as many waterfalls as time allows (Antelope, Big Drop, Peck, Three Sisters and Bocawina), get up close and personal with those monkeys and be on the lookout for the park’s most elusive residents: Jaguar, ocelots, deer and unusual species like kinkajou, paca, peccary and tamandua. Camp here if you seek to fill your bird journal with as many of the 238 species identified by birdwatchers. Perhaps you’ll spot #239! That stated, a mixed variety of trail experiences awaits. Some are easy; others demanding. Either way, cooling Bocawina swimming pools offer refreshing rewards for those who have fully explored this unique Belize park.