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Mopan River: Clarissa Falls

Belize, Latin America

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  • Sign for Clarissa Falls along the Western Highway.- Mopan River: Clarissa Falls
  • Clarissa Falls Resort.- Mopan River: Clarissa Falls
  • Entrance to Clarissa Falls.- Mopan River: Clarissa Falls
  • Clarissa Falls Resort.- Mopan River: Clarissa Falls
  • Clarissa Falls.- Mopan River: Clarissa Falls
  • Parking area at Clarissa Falls Resort in Belize. - Mopan River: Clarissa Falls
  • Picnic tables near the swimming area.- Mopan River: Clarissa Falls
  • Swimming area at Clarissa Falls on the Mopan River. - Mopan River: Clarissa Falls
  • Clarissa Falls along the Mopan River.- Mopan River: Clarissa Falls
  • Clarissa Falls along the Mopan River.- Mopan River: Clarissa Falls
  • A nice green space to relax after swimming.- Mopan River: Clarissa Falls
  • The local resort dogs are very friendly.- Mopan River: Clarissa Falls
  • Restaurant onsite with local Belizean meals.- Mopan River: Clarissa Falls
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Few people. Friendly owner. Cool down with swimming.
Cons: 
Shallow water.
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Region:
Belize, LT
Congestion: 
Low
Parking Pass: 
Other
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Parts of Central America can be hot, humid and downright unbearable at times. The Cayo District in western Belize is no exception. One way to beat the heat is to find a good swimming hole. Located just a few miles from the Guatemalan border along the Mopan River is Clarissa Falls, with a great spot to take a dip.

The Mopan River starts in Guatemala and eventually combines with the Macal River in Belize. Popular water activities include swimming, floating, kayaking and canoeing. The river is mellow with small rapids at Clarissa Falls, but during the rainy season there can be flooding and high water. The Mopan River is an important source of drinking water as well as other domestic use for local people in the region.

The area is also good for bird watching. The onsite restaurant is full-service, reasonably priced and has a variety of local Belizean meals. They have vegetarian and vegan options. Restroom facilities are available, but no showers. There is a small day-use fee.

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