By the River | Warning

Belize

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Last Visited: 4 months ago
GPS: 17.10941, -88.65807
Altitude: 76.4 masl

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WARING FLASH FLOODS HAPPENS HERE! DO NOT CAMP OR OVERNIGHT.

Do NOT camp at this location in the rainy season (June-Nov)! We made the mistake of doing so and our rig was washed away in the middle of the night. Water rose about 1 foot within a few minutes, very scary! We are lucky we woke up and noticed it and got out on time, but our trip had to be ended because of it. We could tow our car out when the water went back down the next day, but all our interior and many possessions were damaged. Be very careful and ask the locals if you're not sure. If we had asked, they would have told us camping here was a stupid idea.

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after being quick out at 5am from belmopan spot we arrived here at 5h30, it was quiet and we just park near the highway. Few cars even in the morning really calm and peaceful and u can swim in the river. Really nice place we should have gone here first instead of belmopan.

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the descriptions are good.
it's a nice place to camp.
from noon to sunset there where many locals.
but very quiet at night. and no mosquitos,just other no biting flies.
you can also go with your car directly into the water to clean it, so did we.

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This was an awesome little spot by the Sibun River. If you're headed from Belmopan to the coast the turn off is on the left hand side of the road, right before the bridge. The rocky trail doesn't show upon Google Maps. We drove in as far as the "road" took us. The overlanding site was a little too close to the highway for our liking. Eventually we made it to a clearing on slightly higher ground with a group of large trees for shade on our left. Yes, there is garbage around, but nothing compared to some of the spots we've seen in Mexico or Guatemala. The river was quite warm while we were here in early March, but still cooler than the air. It was about a foot deep, and a great reprieve from the sun's intense heat during the day. It's still early for rainy season, so the river wasn't high enough to flood us out, even though it did rain on us pretty hard around 5:30am. Locals told us that the worst of the rainy season runs June-August, so be careful camping here during that time.
The views here were awesome; small jungle covered peaks rise high above the river, and at night you will hear howler monkeys and be surrounded by fireflies.
In the morning some men and their hunting dogs came by. They wished us "provecho" as we enjoyed our breakfast and coffee. Up stream next to the bridge some local women were doing their laundry. This is a safe, awesome and free place to spend a night or two!

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Nice and quiet spot, some locals around during the day. Very much full of trash though, we collected 2 bags and at least around our campsite it was half decently clean. Not many level spots to park. For us it was ok to get to but much bigger not possible (MB 407, 6m long). The spot at Sibun north of here is nicer though...

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Great camp spot !! Nice little river that you can swim and bath in. Very quiet spot in the mountains. I recommend it. FREE !

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BEWARE- this river rises suddenly with rains upstream. Friends camped here with disastrous results. Even the road along the bank was waist deep in water. If you choose this location, be aware that the water can rise quickly and unexpectedly. Stay on high ground.

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Do NOT camp at this location in the rainy season (June-Nov)! We made the mistake of doing so and our rig was washed away in the middle of the night. Water rose about 1 foot within a few minutes, very scary! We are lucky we woke up and noticed it and got out on time, but our trip had to be ended because of it. We could tow our car out when the water went back down the next day, but all our interior and many possessions were damaged. Be very careful and ask the locals if you're not sure. If we had asked, they would have told us camping here was a stupid idea.

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Didn't sleep here as I had to get to Belmopan but looked a great spot for car, van or tent. swimming was amazing. lots of little fish that swim with you in the river. fair bit of trash around

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A nice place to stay. Some locals make also laundry here.

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Awsome maybe - if you do not mind the rubbish and some minor street noise...

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Awesome place to camp. We stayed here two nights. You can park underneath the trees where you have shade and next to the river to cool off. We saw some glow worms at night! The road is not the best but ok to drive in, it's not far. There is a spot right in the beginning at the river, but you are seen from the hwy/bridge. There are better spots just a little ways down along the river that are less visible. The river is not deep enough to swim in but the water is clean and there are small pools you can sit in to cool off. During the day some locals with family showed up hanging out at the river.

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