Belize may be a tourist hotspot, but we're here to show you that there's far more to discover than the Great Blue Hole. This beautiful and unique country is full of untold wonders.
Below, we've compiled 11 of our favorite tidbits about our home in Western Belize that most people don't know.
Western Belize is the center of Maya civilization in Central America
History is all around us at Ka'ana. Records of Maya civilization in Belize date all the way back to 2000 BC, and you can visit these ancient cities which are just a few minutes down the road - by car or horseback! With new discoveries happening every year, you never know what you might find.
Our food is influenced by Mayan, Mestizo, and Garifuna culture
Nothing beats fusion cuisine. With Mayan tamales, Mestizo salbutes, and Garifuna hudut, your taste buds won't have a moment's rest. You can even learn to cook like a Belizean with our Maya cooking class.
- There's an Inland Blue Hole, too
You didn't think there was just the one, did you? The Inland Blue Hole National Park and St. Herman's Cave are a great spot for cave tubing away from the throngs of cruise ship tourists.
- We also have the highest waterfalls - picnics optional
Thousand Foot Falls is the highest waterfall in Central America. But the name is misleading… in reality the waterfall towers a staggering 1,600 ft! If you want to get up close and personal with Mother Nature, we recommend a private picnic at the base of one of our favorites, Big Rock Falls.
- The jungle landscape is rich and unexplored
Half of Belize is covered by dense jungle, with much of the rainforest under government protection, leaving an untamed habitat of countless mammals, birds, and tropical flowers.
- Our happy hours are unlike any other
From our cocktail menu designed by some of the world's top mixologists to our hidden wine cellar stocked with over 1,000 hand-picked bottles, you'll never go thirsty at Ka'ana. Choose from our poolside service or the fire deck under the stars. You can even try your hand behind the bar with one of our famous mixology classes!
- There's a thriving Mennonite community
Spanish Lookout is a settlement in Western Belize with over 2,000 residents. The Mennonite citizens speak Plautdietsch as their primary language!
- Sustainability is a top priority
As you explore Western Belize, you'll notice vibrant green jungle surrounds you at every turn. And we aim to keep it that way. Our on-site organic garden provides many of the fruits and vegetables featured on our menu, and our eco-friendly housekeeping practices keep things clean in every sense of the word.
- We're a top adventure destination for thrill seekers
Forget theme parks. Western Belize has adventure courses designed by nature, from sacred caves to explore, wild zip lines to fly, gorgeous mountain trails to climb, and magical lazy rivers to tube. And at Ka'ana, every excursion is private and tailored just for you. What kind of adventure will you choose?
- Birdwatchers flock to our forests
Belize is nature's best kept secret for amateur and expert birdwatchers, including six Important Bird Areas (IBAs). These hotspots are nestled in nature reserves and provide an ideal habitat for a diverse assortment of birds.
- We love festivals!
There's a ton of annual festivals in Western Belize, including La Ruta Maya, a huge race that takes place each year in March, and our new and exciting Belize Birding Festival for the celebration and enjoyment of the aforementioned avifauna.
Ready to experience Western Belize and Ka'ana for yourself? Come join us and discover the joys of our surprising jungle paradise. We'll be ready to show you around.