Just west of Belize's Southern Highway between Dangriga and Placencia you'll find the Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve, a 400 sq. km. park that offers all the waterfall jumping, jungle hiking and wildlife viewing an adventurous traveler could ask for. You can even hike to the marked wreckage of a crashed single-engine plane to help drive home the point that you're officially off the grid. Though the jaguars for whom the park was created are almost impossible to catch a glimpse of during the day (your best bet will be to book a night hike with a knowledgeable park guide), that doesn't mean you'll be out of cool things to see. Sign in at the ranger station to get your bearings straight, then head out on any number of trails that vary in duration from a few hours to over a day (campsites and cabins are available). Both the Ben's Bluff and Tiger Fern trails offer refreshing waterfalls to cool off in, while the Victoria Peak path is said to have some stellar views over this tiny Central American country. And though we didn't check them out, there's also a small Mayan Ruin site called Chucil Baluum within the parks borders, reminding you that this place was inhabited thousands of years ago. It's absolutely worth a visit.
Location:Stann Creek, Belize