Best Parks and Gardens in Belize
Local Recommendations from our My Guide Belize team
Cabins, camp grounds, and play ground are available to guests who want to stay awhile, but the draw to the sanctuary are the hiking trails and beautiful waterfalls that offer the opportunity to see wild life in its own habitat.
Toledo Botanical Arboretum is an organic Eco farm which uses sustainable agricultural techniques. The operation of the farm is almost completely food and energy independent. Pig's waste is used to fuel a biogas digester which generates methane gas. Filtered, the gas is used for cooking, refrigeration, and lights.
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary (CTWS) contains a mosaic of wetland and terrestrial habitats, which make it one of the best birding destinations in Belize. From the commonly seen Northern Jacana to the elusive Sungrebe, Crooked Tree offers an enjoyable experience for birders of any skill level. With 16,400 acres of lagoons, creeks, logwood swamps, broadleaf forest and pine savanna, you will be sure to see a wide array of wildlife. The Sanctuary protects globally endangered species including the Central American River Turtle (locally known as Hicatee), Mexican Black Howler Monkey, and Yellow-headed Parrot.
This park has a lot to offer. Adjacent to a parking area, steps lead to the pool that gives the park name (not to be confused with the other blue hole on lighthouse reef. The stairway leads down through the forest, and birds can often already be seen resting on over-hanging vines, especially emerald green jacamars and blue-crowned motmots.
One of the largest populations of the Black Howler Monkey is located at the Community Baboon Sanctuary in the Belize River Valley. Visitors who delight in the thought of a monkey sitting on their shoulder may want to make plans to head to this spot
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