Set on the banks of the Belize River, this jungle lodge is a good spot for families, especially for those who like to ride horses. Equestrians of all skill levels have a choice of horses from their herd of around 100. Owners John and Carolyn Carr (he's a cowboy originally from Montana; she's a noted artist whose painting "Meh Hand Full" was on the cover of the 2009 Belize telephone book) and daughter Leisa Carr-Caceres arrange canoe trips and hikes on the lodge's 4,000
acres. Deer and a spider monkeys are on the grounds, along with many birds in an aviary. The aging resident jaguar, Tika, died, but she has been replaced by a new young jaguar named Tikatoo. There's a bar and grill, conference area, and a studio and gallery for Carolyn in a new building next to the pool. Free Wi-Fi is available around the pool, too. Thatch cabañas with curving walls are modest but comfortable (no air-conditioning, though), and there are two air-conditioned rooms and three suites in the three-story Chateau Brio. The main lodge has four rooms, and there are four budget Chalet rooms without a/c (BZ$150 plus tax). Hearty, simple meals are served family-style (dinner BZ$30).