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ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary

No 5 Conch Shell Street, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye 00000, Belize
+501 623-7920
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Ranked #2 of 7 attractions in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: Join ACES's Expert Croc Team on an evening, educational, crocodile eye-shine aboard the "Swamp Thing." Search for predatory crocodiles to capture,... more » Owner description: Join ACES's Expert Croc Team on an evening, educational, crocodile eye-shine aboard the "Swamp Thing." Search for predatory crocodiles to capture, tag, & re-release to help ACES Biologists collect scientific data on Belize's wild & endangered American crocodiles. (ACES is permitted by the Belize Forest Department.)Your expedition takes you through mangrove islands at sunset & into the starlit night while searching for Isla Bonita's extraordinary, nocturnal wildlife and the infamous saltwater crocodiles in their natural habitat. Departing from "The Office Bar & Grill" at 6:30 pm, this extraordinary 2-3 hour expedition is $40 USD per person (children 6 and under are 1/2 price). We currently do not accept credit cards. All proceeds go to crocodile rescues, research, and education in Belize. « less
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Yukon, Oklahoma
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Very good informational excursion and great for the whole family ages 4 and up. Would have been better if we caught an actual crocodile! But that is the sad situation that these animals living. Their numbers are dwindling.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

On a recent road-trip adventure through Belize, I took the ferry over to San Pedro for a couple of nights to explore and to meet Vince & Cherie and witness the tagging and relocating of crocodiles. Having interviewed Cherie by phone for an article, I knew it would be an amazing experience but it was even more amazing than I... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

An interesting and educational way to spend an evening on the lagoon, this worthwhile not for profit agency takes you out on the boat (reservations needed, current donation is $40 USD) to look for the indigenous and endangered crocodile. This group tags, surveys, tracks and if need be, relocates more aggressive crocs. Captain Chris and interns took us out after... More

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CrocsBelize, Employee at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, responded to this review

It still hasn't got any better has it!! That darn game of thrones, I guess this must be a filler season!! I haven't seen Tyrion since we let him go. I'm sure he's found himself a nice little niche somewhere where he won't be bothered by man nor beast. I wish he was in better health. I think I know... More

Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

A couple of locals suggested that we check this out as it is something that they enjoy doing every once in a while. We showed up at the appointed time and went out with Captain Chris and Miriam. The knowledge that they have about crocs is impressive and I learned quite a bit. I'm glad that we were able to... More

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CrocsBelize, Employee at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, responded to this review

Sometimes it's takes a while to find one or two of those sneaky buggers!! They are oh so sneaky after all!! I hope our education kept you entertained though while we conducted our search. That was a good night for us, slow as it may have been to start with. It's a rare occasion for us to catch a croc... More

Gavle, Sweden
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

This was a really thrilling and cool experience! Unfortunately we weren't able to catch any croc on our tour but we were really close! The guides were really ambitious and dedicated to their work and they made it very interesting and educational. I learned a lot about crocodiles and it was definitely worth the visit! Too bad the crocs didn't... More

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CrocsBelize, Employee at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, responded to this review

Those crocs are getting smarter that's for sure!!! It seems the more we chase them, the harder they are to catch which is great for their survival in the long term. I'm sorry we didn't catch anything for you that night. That's just how it goes sometimes when hunting. I hope you still had a good time though, and I... More

Frederick, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Chris and Miriam (an intern) are encyclopedias of crocodile knowledge. Their love of these animals was obvious and contagious. On an ACES trip, you simply go along on whatever activity the group is doing that nite. Ours was a release of (1) 18-inch and (1) 4-foot long crocodiles, so we got to hold and pet them. On capture events, you... More

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CrocsBelize, Employee at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, responded to this review

The great thing about these trips is that there's a little something for everyone. For you guys, it's educational, and can be exciting, and I think nearly everyone leaves the boat with a completely different view of crocodilians in general. For us, it helps us with our ongoing population surveys, monitoring movement of the animals, and people get to see... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

My partner & I headed out with Chris and first mate Miriam during our time in San Pedro - so pleased we did! Was informative, fun and a great trip to write home about. Both Chris and Miriam were knowledgeable, personable and fun. We went on a hunt for an infamous dog-eater croc which had taken bait laid earlier that... More

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CrocsBelize, Employee at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, responded to this review

Yeah.... That was my bad!! I just couldn't get that rope over his top jaw, he just wouldn't open his mouth far enough!! I was most upset with myself for losinh him. We're still trying to get that sneaky guy! He was a big one!! Did you see the size of that head when it came up?? That would have... More

Dallas, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

I went on this trip March 2014 with a friend and her 10 year old. It was so much fun and super informative. Just the stars and being on the water at night was relaxing and interesting. I highly recommend anyone with kids to do this while vacationing on Ambergris Caye. The guides were so knowledgeable and answered all questions.... More

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CrocsBelize, Employee at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, responded to this review

You got to hold Tiny Tim didn't you...? You've just got to love Tiny Tim!!! Isn't he the cutest little bugger!! I'm glad you guys had a good time. I know it can be a little disappointing not to catch one.. but that's hunting for you. I hope Tiny made up for it. It's great that you enjoyed the education,... More

London, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

My family and I have been out on the Croc Tour several times over the last few years and it never disappoints. We've had several quite different experiences but never a dull moment. Our first time out Vince was in and out of the boat multiple times to hand catch crocs for the ACES research program. At one point Vince... More

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CrocsBelize, Employee at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, responded to this review

One of the things we tell people who join our excursion, is that every trip is different. We're hunting wildlife, and no two hunting trips are the same. As you saw first hand, some nights we chase bigguns, other nights, just little guys. Some nights we catch, some nights we don't. Either way, I guess you must like it as... More

Scotch Plains, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

This was a tremendous educational and interactive adventure. On the evening we went we spotted 2 crocs and were able to bring 1 of them into the boat for exploration, measuring and review. It was a 9 month old that they had captured once before. Chris is a great guy and does a phenomenal job guiding. On our night we... More

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CrocsBelize, Employee at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi Chris, thanks for the review. I hope the kids had a great time. I really try to gear the trip towards the kids when they're on board to get them as excited about crocs as I am!! I was really happy to catch that croc. Catching a new one is great, but the repeat data on him is fantastic... More

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