St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park – One of Belize’s Most Interesting Destinations
Not to be confused with the popular diving spot called the Blue Hole in the middle of the Belize Barrier Reef, St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park is located far to the interior about 12 miles southeast of the nation’s capital, Belmopan. St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park gets its name from the Blue Hole, a large cenote that serves as a picnic location and swimming spot in the center of 575 of old-growth and secondary forest.
First established in 1986, the park is popular with hikers who can explore the many marked nature trails. Other popular attractions inside the park include the Crystal Cave with glittering stalactites and St. Herman’s Cave, once the location where Mayan priests conducted sacred religious rituals and named after.
Some interesting facts about St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park:
- The park is managed by the Belize Audubon Society.
- Bird watchers have documented more than 200 species of birds inside the park
- Although beautiful, the miles of passages inside Crystal Cave require a professional guide.
- The park is home to three native wild cat species: jaguars, ocelots and jaguarundis.
- Belize’s national animal, Baird’s Tapir, can be found in the park.
- St. Herman’s Cave is an excellent location to see pottery, spears and other relics left behind by the Mayans during the Classic Period.
- One of Belize’s most interesting species, the Nine-Banded Armadillo, calls the park home.
Visitors to the park normally enter at mile marker 10 off the Hummingbird Highway via the official Visitor Center. From there, hikers follow the Dusky Ant Bird Trail to get to St. Herman’s Cave, the Blue Hole and the Crystal Cave.
A Day Trip From Yok Ha
Located on a privately-owned island just eight miles off the coast of Dangriga in southeastern Belize, Yok Ha offers private cabanas, an open-air bar and gourmet restaurant in an intimate setting. The attractions of Blue Hole National Park can be easily accessed in a day trip from the island. For more information about how to reach the park and to arrange for a tour, contact Yok Ha’s resort concierge.