St. Mathews Blue Hole National Park, Stann Creek District, Belize

The St. Mathews Blue Hole National Park in Stann Creek District is a site that is worthy a visit if you ever get to Belize.

Home of 3 caves that are available of searching, it is an experience to enter the caves to view the power of water over centuries.

The park’s location is off the main road from Belmopan to Dangriga.

The author pays his own way, so the guided tours were just not affordable.

One can explore St. Herman’s cave with a flash light by himself and that was good enough for me.

From the parking lot, St. Herman’s cave is about a 15 minute walk.

From the authors point of view, there are certain things that just give him the heebie jeebies.

This is one of those sites that invoke those feelings.

Going into the side of a mountain into darkness

Steps into Herman's Cave

Steps up to St. Herman's Cave

Oh, the thoughts of snakes, spiders, bats and other animals that the author has no wish to run into, came to mind as he looked into this entrance!

Being by himself, these things just conjure up uncomfortable thoughts.

Being the wild and crazy guy he is, he gathered the courage and ventured forth into the darkness.

Looking back

Looking back at the entrance, you can make out the small stream that wore out the limestone to make the cave.

rope guide

This is the rope guide that helps navigate the cave. See the little bit of light in the background? That's the entrance.

The formations

The formations at the beginning of the cave

Rope guide 2

The entrance looking back from the interior of the cave.

The beauty of all this wet, dank interior of the cave is that the first thing I did when I entered – I feel! Cut my hand.

Then I tried the flashlight – it didn’t work!

I had to unscrew the thing, take out the batteries, put them back in correctly , while my hand is bleeding in pitch dark blackness! Fun!

So, after this little adventure into the cave, and realizing caves were not a real “turn on”, the author still had plenty of daylight left to do something.

Just what the doctor ordered – a sign that stated a viewing tower was available to hike to. It even showed an “easy’ hiking path, and a “hard” hiking path.

Being 58 years old, the author decided to take the easy hiking path.

The vegetation

Saw many of these huge ferns on my little trek

Huge trees

Huge trees located in St. Mathews Blue Hole National Park

the destination

After a mile hike, hot, humid and many mosquitoes, my destination

The steps

Piece of cake NOT! - 1 mile hike, now these steps to climb!

This was the goal – the viewing tower. This tower has been here awhile, and has had little maintenance.

The fellows who built this thing brought up the lumber on the trail the author just left. Authors first thought – “Better them than me!”

Carefully I climb these steps. They are so close together, he scrapes his shins on the steps that lead to the top. The wood is rotting in certain areas. This tower is old.

Slowly but surely he makes his way to the top of the tower, for this view of Stann Creek District Valley.

panorama of stann creek

Panoramic view of Stann Creek Valley, Belize

stann creek panorama

Stann Creek Panorama - oranges growing in the valley

Overall, the St. Mathews Blue Hole National park is a great place to visit.

Caves and a choice of different hiking trails that culminate in beautiful views – it is worth the cost of admission to venture around this park to enjoy the variety of choices.

If you get to Belize, put this on your agenda as a worthwhile place to visit.

Cheers for now.

About John Wilson

Traveler, writer and photographer. No home now, just traveling the world in search of the lost chord.
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14 Responses to St. Mathews Blue Hole National Park, Stann Creek District, Belize

  1. jade says:

    those steps look crazy- I can’t imagine how much my calfs would burn doing that climb!

  2. What a nice place to go hiking, it brings me so much closer to nature.

  3. You are quite the spelunker! I would have toured by myself as well, but only with another person along just in case. I really like caves and rooting around. Great post.

  4. Tree says:

    Nice! Belize is amazing. Keep trekkin!

  5. John Wilson says:

    Yupper – if you are talking about the steps leading to the viewing tower – it was slow going – two landings – one about half way up, the other at the very top.
    Well worth the effort, though!
    Thanks Jade for stopping by and for leaving a comment.
    Both are greatly appreciated.
    Hope to see you again soon.
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson
    aka – The Big Mozey

  6. John Wilson says:

    Yup, brought me closer to nature, mosquitos and bot flies too!
    Well worth the hassle though – it was my first trek through a jungle – it was quite fun!
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment – greatly appreciated.
    Hope to see you again soon.
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson
    aka The Big Mozey

  7. John Wilson says:

    Ah – that’s the word I was hunting for – a spelunker!
    I do not think there will be too many more of these type of adventures – it was really, really dark – and what is in that darkness?
    Hmmmm – don’t really want to know.
    Maybe again under certain conditions, but will not make a regular habit of going into deep, dark caves!
    Thanks for stopping by Michelle, and for leaving a comment.
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson
    aka – The Big Mozey

  8. John Wilson says:

    Thanks Tree – Nothing like you two are doing, but it was exciting enough for me.
    I’ll look forward to hearing about Angel Falls.
    You two be safe – or be wild and crazy without accidents!
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson
    aka – The Big Mozey

  9. John Wilson says:

    Hi Mark,
    Thanks for taking the time away from your travels to visit my website.
    I do appreciate that.
    Yeah, it would of been an adventure into darkness that flashlight had not worked!
    Caves are interesting, but the heebie jeebies do come on when I enter them!
    Thanks for leaving a comment.
    Hope to see you again soon.
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson
    aka The Big Mozey

  10. Hi John, love the narrative on your post!

    You are quite an adventurous person to venture into the dark caves like that! I’m glad you were able to get your flashlight working and then back out to the hiking trail – beautiful shots, by the way!

    Cheers,
    Jeremy & Shirlene

  11. John Wilson says:

    Jeremy & Shirlene,
    Thanks, you two, for taking the time out of your busy travels to stop by and read my blog.
    And Leave a comment – you two are great!
    Thanks for the compliment on the pics – I do appreciate that.
    Be safe in your travels!
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson

  12. robin says:

    I think heebie geebies would also be an issue for me!

  13. Laurel says:

    This looks like so much fun, but having a flash light not work here – yikes! I also did some caving in Belize, but nothing like this.

  14. John Wilson says:

    Hi Laurel,
    It was interesting.
    Belize is kind of a strange place – very rough around the edges,
    It never even dawned on me to test the flashlight or maybe I did, then it stopped working.
    Interesting ventrue into the cave, to say the least.
    Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson

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