Five Blues Lake National Park

Five Blues Lake National Park, Belmopan: Address, Five Blues Lake National Park Reviews: 3.5/5

Five Blues Lake National Park

Five Blues Lake National Park
3.5
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D D
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Since the previous visitor had such a difficult experience with 5 blues Lake, I thought I would report on its previous state of affairs from almost 10 years ago.
5 News Lake National Park was always a small village run operation with one or two official Park Rangers staff and occasional volunteer groups.

Over the years the condition of the nonprofit group and the park itself deteriorated. Eventually there was no more work done to help keep the trails clear. And recently I heard that 5 blues Lake actually was drained in a mysterious natural incident, but also that it appeared to refill later.

At its best, 5 blues lake was a beautiful karst system lake with slightly murky turquoise water, beautiful wildlife, and a diving platform built from the side of a small cliff.
Written September 3, 2013
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John R
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Couples
We contracted with Maya Adventure Tours to take us on a six hour adventure in a stream that meandered through the jungle and in and our of a cave system - very cool.
Written May 30, 2017
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joe s
Indian Springs, AL571 contributions
Couples
While looking at property in the area around 5 Blues Lake, we were made aware of a very strange phenomenon - 5 blues lake disappears and reappeears! It has been apparently dry for the last 3 years with the exception of a few short time periods. The lake, it seems, is a part of the Dry Creek water table - a creek that has portions with water, and portions without, and areas where it varies from time to time. It seems the area has some mystical properties! - not really. It is proposed to be related to the overall water table in the area and possibly the nearby cinotes. Apparently, nobody really knows for sure. It might be back next month though! Ask in the area though before you go, because it is a ways off the road, and could be a huge waste of your time.
P.S., the signage here, as in ALL of Belize, is poor at best.
Written June 26, 2014
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CoraPueblo_Colorado
Pueblo, Colorado35 contributions
Couples
Several guide books highlighted Five Blue Lake National Park off of the Hummingbird Highway as a beautiful and refreshing stop on a hot day. The books indicated we should get a map from the visitor center (shack is more like it) in the small village of St. Margaret. We should have known better when the Visitor Center was closed, but we ventured down the 6 mile ROCK road VERY SLOWLY, only to find a road wash out. We left the truck and proceeded on foot to attempt to find the cenote of five different colors since we already had invested so much time. Two roads, one traveled and the other overgrown with weeds, split off after traversing the creek. I finally found an old sign with the National Park logo on it on the overgrown road, but there was no indication how far we had to go. We decided not to risk the rental truck traversing the water and still don't know how far we were from our destination. Our guide on the next day's tour said the lake had dried up a few years back. Would love to hear a good story about this one. Sorely disappointed.
Written July 3, 2013
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Amina B
San Ignacio, Belize143 contributions
If your thinking of going to see the lake don't bother ! It's a complete waste of time and gasoline ! It's a bit off the highway and the road to get there is very bad and rough. Some parts of the road are beginning to cover up with trees on the side . When we got there the park was completely abandoned , no visitor center , nobody was even there ! The signs had faded and we didn't even bother trying to find the lake as the trails looked unkept and there were no signs . I tried to find out from Pact what had happened to the park but was told that they don't manage the park and I couldn't get an exact answer. A colleague of mine indicated that the lake had dried up some years back.
Written April 19, 2017
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Dalena L
San Ignacio, Belize9 contributions
Couples
In 2014 we went to 5 Blues lakes for the first time> guess we were lucky. ...and the lakes had water. Just one month ago we went back again. There was less water. But it still was very beautiful. If you don't mind taking a chance, it is well worth the drive. The whole area around the lakes is very diverse.
Watch for the sign. The first time we missed it, and drove beyond the turnoff. ( The sign is set back to far into the turnoff road, to be able to see from the road from Santa Marguarta.
Written May 9, 2015
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MartinHendrikx
Taoyuan, Taiwan360 contributions
Solo
I was living in Belize for quite a while and the last new I heard was that the entire lake had drained. I did go visit and it was amazing to see a giant pit where once stood a lake I visited when I was a child. It was great to revisit the site and see that the water returned and refilled the lake. Definitely a majestic sight to behold.
Written July 8, 2014
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Jose P
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Friends
The name said it all, 5 diferent shades of blue on the lake. I grew up on the village of St. Margarets my father among others lobbed to make this park a national park once established it was one of the greatest attraction on the Hummingbird highway. I can remember as a child we would walk the 5 miles just to hike the trails, see the amazing caves and of course the wonderful wildlife. After the long walk we would swim at the lake or go canoeing down the creek off the lake where we would see the fish and even the wildlife drinking water at the creek edge at the days end we would katch a ride back to thr village with the park rangers. What was amazing back then was when the village would recieve volunteers from around the world in particular trek force and Princeton university students to volunteer in clearing the trails, building shades and different projects at the park and village. In several occassions we would encounter jaguars, athelopes, gibnuts and different species of wildlife on the trails or road. For those jnterested and those that havent really heard back about the park it will once again start operations. Again I must also say the lake wasnt and isnt the only amazing feature of this park but also the cave system immense caverns to explores as well as lot more to site seeing and bird watching the older folks in the village will be more than willing to tell the stories of this park. I personally plan to go back and help in bringing back this piece of jewel I once knew it for. The broken mayan pottery is a good indication that this park still holds valuable history and exploring expeditions to enjoy. No jungle adventure in Belize is waste of time.. I LOVE MY BELIZE!!!
Written March 19, 2015
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