Don't miss Blue Creek, a beautiful stretch of river dotted with turquoise swimming holes. A path up the riverbank leads to dramatic caves. The entrance to Hokeb Ha Cave is fairly easy to explore on your own (although you should be a strong swimmer), but others require a guide or a tour. International Zoological Expeditions, a Connecticut-based student travel and research organization, has established a jungle lodge at Blue Creek, with six rustic cabañas and a restaurant.
To visit this part of Blue Creek, you need an okay from the IZE Blue Creek Rainforest Lodge (508/655–1461 in the U.S. or info@IZEBelize.com). TIDE Tours and other tour operators offer trips to Blue Creek, providing lights and other necessary equipment. Don't swim in the river at night—a highly poisonous snake called the fer-de-lance likes to take nocturnal dips.
Blue Creek Cave, Blue Creek Village, Belize