Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
- Type: Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Situated 32 miles north of Belize City, this 300-year-old 16,400-acre sanctuary is a bird-lover's paradise. Home to rare species like Chestnut-bellied herons, Black-collared hawks, and massive Jabiru Storks (the biggest flying bird in the Americas), Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary boasts an eclectic array of feathered creatures. But there's much more to this haven than birding. The area's sprawling lagoons and marshlands also shelter turtles, black howler monkeys, crocodiles, iguanas, and snail kites, among other species. One TripAdvisor user raves, "even though we are not birders we still were amazed at how many varieties of birds we saw, as well as crocodiles, iguanas, etc…"
There are a variety of tour options available. At the visitor center, you can rent a canoe for about $10 BZD (approximately $5 USD) per hour or explore the reserve on horseback for $30 BZD (about $15.50) per hour. Or you can simply rely on your own two feet: Guided walking tours take roughly three hours, and prices range from roughly $60 to $200 BZD (about $31 to $103 USD), depending on group size. General admission to the sanctuary costs $8 BZD (about $4 USD). The Belize Audubon Society overseas Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. For further details on tours, consult their website.
If you're coming from Belize City, the easiest way to reach Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary is by car via the Northern Highway. The Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary opens its reserve every day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.