Rio On Pools
Rio On Pools
4.5
7:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Daynamaste
Tonawanda, NY79 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This place was disgusting and dirty. Both sets of bathrooms were so gross, they couldn’t be used. The changing rooms made me gag. There was garbage in them even a used condom. I’ve never written such a poor review, but it was so awful, I couldn’t change in the dirty changing areas. There were bags of beer bottles and garbage. Also, litter everywhere. I stayed in the “pool” for 10 minutes max wanted to bolt out of there asap.
Written 8 April 2024
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Berkeley Y
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Rio on pools was an unexpected highlight of our trip. Our kids had an amazing time exploring the many pools and climbing on the boulders. A magnificent natural site that was a blast to explore, after the few others there on a weekday afternoon left we had it all to ourselves.
Note: they are still building the highway that leads to Rio on Pools. Coming from the San Ignacio side, the paved road gets you most of the way there, but is still under construction in March 2024. The level dirt road that exists after the pavement runs out is in great condition so easy to drive, but an important detail to know if you are driving yourself there.
Written 29 March 2024
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CSJ
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Excellent spot of a swim and a bit of fun with the family. Very easy walk from the parking area, very clean area. We had the place largely to ourselves once the small tour can departed. Kids had a blast sliding between the pools, then climbing back up. Easy to drive to as the road is paved 95% of the way up the hill
Written 11 January 2024
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Lakith L
summit, nj55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Very nice pool to relax and chill, and take a swim in the refreshing water. Walking around the pools was a little tricky as the water is murky and bottom is not visible, there are rock that are very slippery and ledges under water that can trap your feet. With the new paved road getting to within 4km of the pool, getting there from San Ignacio was a breeze.
Written 18 December 2023
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Tim
Warsaw, Poland11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Rubbish such as BBQ waste and bottles left along river bank, path and pools creating a very unappealing environment. Exiting the water covered in leeches just about wraps up my poor impression of this location.
Written 22 July 2023
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TravelMore
Parker, CO153 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Not sure how this place has so many great reviews but maybe we were there at the wrong time. When we went the water was all murky/muddy. There are tons of big rocks in the water which are hard to see when the water is so murky. It was hard to get around because the dry rocks were blazing hot and they burned our feet. The rocks in the water were, of course, slippery and hard to traverse. It wasn’t very deep in many of the spots and it just didn’t wow us like we thought it would. Its still a pretty area, but for swimming and enjoying the water it’s not a place I would recommend.
Written 18 June 2023
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Paul F
Arcade, NY6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We went here on a Monday when the weather was a bit cool and dreary. There were very few people there so we were able to get good pictures and did a little bit of swimming. If you are just hopiing to swim and don't mind the crowds, then go any time.
Written 22 March 2023
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tomforstersmith
10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Bring your bathing suit and change in the cabanas provided at the site. You will want to spend part of the afternoon just soaking in the pools by the delightful waterfalls and rapids.
Written 2 March 2023
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OmanRob
Canmore, Canada1,459 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Edwin from Edwin’s Adventure Tours suggested these pools in combination with black rock falls and I have to say the pools were my highlight.

The pools are incredibly photogenic and fun to hang out in - the water is ‘bracing’ at first but lovely when you get used to it.

An attraction of this standard would have hundreds of people in most tourist destinations yet just a handful here - long may it continue but do make it part of your trip to San Ignacio as it’s truly lovely.

Rob
Written 10 January 2023
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Sarah H
Los Angeles, United States6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This review could save a life.

The pools look innocuous but there are strong currents, slippery rocks and some very deep pools with muddy bottoms.

On Saturday, June 11th, 2022, my two young adult children and I visited Caracol with a Belizean tour guide friend. On the road back to San Ignacio we were flagged down and told a little boy was missing in the pools. He had been wearing arm floats and was part of a large and loving family group who'd been enjoying a day out.

We are strong swimmers, divers, and first aid trained. As such we rushed to assist in the search, joining the family of the boy, as well as other tourists and locals . After almost two hours of searching in the pools and surrounding area, the little boy was sadly located drowned, with his foot caught in the rocks between two pools and a waterfall preventing him from being visually located.

The Belizean Defence Force and a Forest Ranger arrived late into the search but, apart from looking in the undergrowth on the nearby hillside, they didn't contribute anything - one BDF member entered the water but he obviously wasn't a confident swimmer. The BDF lacked any knowledge of how a search should be conducted, they didn't take charge or make suggestions and ultimately stood around with their guns slung across their bodies.

As we were transporting the boy's body back to his family's van, other families were going down the path to the pools. Neither the BDF or rangers prevented them from continuing, instead it was us, mere tourists, who warned them the area wasn't safe.

The following day another family visited Rio On Pools and sadly their daughter also drowned. Another family whose lives will never be the same, another family who have to fly home with the body of their child in the hold, another heartbreaking tragedy.

Why wasn't a Forest Ranger or BDF Guard stationed at the entrance to the pools after the little boy's death on Saturday? Why wasn't the entrance to the path barricaded with a notice informing people a drowning had occurred and the area was closed whilst an investigation was carried out? There's a sign by the entrance warning of the danger but it's not enough and now two young lives have been lost.

Please consider if this area of natural beauty is the right choice for your family and use extreme caution if you decide you must visit the pools.
Written 16 June 2022
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