duPlooy's Lodge

Chial Rd., San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize

High above a bend in the Macal River is this remarkable, relaxing lodge whose grounds include the 45-acre Belize Botanic Gardens. From a vantage point 30 feet above the forest floor on the covered deck and canopied walkway, you'll see iguanas sunning in the trees. You can swim and dive off the rocks from the sandy river beach below. The food is excellent, and there's always a vegetarian option. The lodge also offers horseback riding and a full range of tours.

PROS

  • botanic gardens on-site
  • first-rate birding
  • eco-conscious management

CONS

  • costs for meals, transfers, and tours all add up

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 824-3101-in Belize | 512-243–5285-in U.S.

HOTEL DETAILS

14 rooms
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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