Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
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Ellie M
Calgary, Canada90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This is a fascinating place for birdwatchers. In less than 2 hours of just walking around the grounds of Bird's Eye View Lodge, I added about 40 species to my life list.
Written 3 February 2024
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Sandy DA
Blacklick, Ohio, United States48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Took a great boat ride in the rain and recorded 51 bird species during our trip. It was fantastic and lunch afterward was a wonderful way to end the day! Highly recommend a visit, even if not a brder!
Written 6 November 2023
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Kwahi J
18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We booked a tour through TripAdvisor thinking there were government-funded guides. Instead, we were connected to the Bird's Eye View Lodge where they provided us with a one-hour walking tour.

The tour guide was fantastic and we saw a lot of birds and other wildlife during the tour, but the list price was $10.

If you are interested in seeing more birds for a longer period of time, you would need to contact the Lodge and reserve a spot on the 6:30 AM boat tour. The Sanctuary and Lodge are about 90 minutes from Belize City, making an early morning drive impossible.
Written 31 December 2022
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Wade
11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
This is basically just a small, rundown town on an island in wetlands. Yes, there are waterbirds about, but there's basically no trails or blinds - you just drive or walk around the town's streets. It feels a bit weird to be out with telephoto lenses wandering amongst people's homes (especially when many are just dilapidated shacks, with limited privacy to begin with).

I'm told it's quite different in the dry season, when the surrounding lake waters recede substantially and many shore trails appear. But that's a very narrow window of just a few weeks around March.

A 4WD vehicle with decent clearance is necessary, at least when I was there after some light rain. There were ruts and potholes nearly a foot deep in many of the roads, most flooded with water, and made out of soft mud. Even with the diffs locked I nearly got stuck a couple of times, for lack of traction or from bottoming out.

As someone from California this was extra disappointing because nearly all the species I saw are native & prolific in Californian anyway (e.g. Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Blue Herons), where there's much better parks & reserves and amenable weather year-round.

If you're a birder and you're already passing by on the northern highway, this might be worth a brief detour just to try your luck - maybe you'll see something rare. But I wouldn't go here otherwise.
Written 11 December 2022
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aah0309
Denver, CO23 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We decided last minute to visit as we were driving from Orange Walk to Belize City. The small visitor center was open and provided a map. We were told it was best to see birds by boat but that was not available. It was not a good experience for our family because we are not birders and didn't know where to look. We saw some interesting birds but didn't know what they were. It would have been much better if we had a guide or went on a tour.
Written 8 June 2022
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macdcpa
Portland, OR5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We stayed at the Bird’s Eye View Lodge. Excellent lodging, very knowledgeable birding guides. Lots of other activities, including Mayan Ruins. A place worth going back to.
Written 25 January 2022
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Happy Traveler
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We took a boat tour on the lagoon and saw over 100 species of birds! Between the lagoon and walking around Beck's B&B its a birders paradise
Written 20 February 2020
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Tiffy_Bird
La Plata, MD569 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
Although Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary was not on our official itinerary, our guide indulged me and stopped for about 45 minutes. From one waterside spot, we literally saw about 40 bird species in that short time. Several were life birds for me---including the magnificent Jabiru stork. I cannot recommend Crooked Tree enough---especially for birdwatchers. I will definitely return and spend a LOT more time there.
Written 26 January 2020
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302lovefood
Edinburgh, UK24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
We got to the junction by public bus and then hitchhiked into the sanctuary. It is down a very long, boring, dirty, unshaded road for around 3 miles. It would be awful to walk in the heat! Most people hitch a lift with any locals that are driving past and stop. Buses only leave the village in the morning. We enjoyed seeing some birds on the lagoon but did not feel there was nearly as many interesting birds as the pictures show despite being in April when the birds are meant to be the best. It felt more like walking around a village with very little in it to see or do, rather than a wildlife sanctuary. Sadly the museum was closed the day we were there but it did look very small from the outside. We went to get lunch at the Bird's Eye View Lodge but they don't have a lunch service as such. They just cook food for guests but did offer us rice and beans for US S15 (four times more than we have paid elsewhere). Good place to go if you love birds and are patient to wait for them. Not a good place for people who enjoy lots of entertainment.
Written 9 April 2019
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Juicy jinx
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
We used a local guide from Belize Tours Unlimited Lyndon and we had a one of a kind experience. We saw a Stork walking around as we rode horseback through the village. Our kids did not want to go home
Written 6 April 2019
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