For the last third of our trip to Belize, we decided to visit the Crooked Tree wildlife Sanctuary which is about midway between Belize City and Orange Walk. Until a few years ago, the village of Crooked Tree was on an island and had to be accessed by a ferry. A connecting road was constructed across the lagoon and now the town is easily accessed across a very bumpy causeway. We opted to stay at Crooked Tree Lodge (http://www.crookedtreelodgebelize.com/). A better choice we could not have made! You need to stop at the visitors’ center and then make a right turn after arriving at Crooked Tree Village and follow the signs. The turns in the road are well marked with wooden signs with yellow lettering for the Lodge.
Be ready for some surprises when you get to the Lodge. It is beautifully maintained with a lot of landscaping done to replace that which was torn up by a hurricane. The web site is accurate but expect changes as the owners were making additions while we were there. The owners of the Lodge are some of the nicest people you want to meet. Angie is a native of Crooked Tree Village and Mick was a helicopter pilot with the British armed forces in Belize. They have two delightful young boys, Cory and Zach (a bit older than shown on the web site). The cabanas are clean, tastefully decorated, well designed with a shower that has plenty of warm water and toilets attached to septic systems that accept toilet paper.
Both the family and the hired help are friendly and helpful. You might be surprised to find beer on tap in such a remote place but ask for a draught in a chilled glass. This can supplement the excellent food served in the lodge. Breakfasts are hearty and the evening meal, while not inexpensive, is gourmet quality served home style. (If you don’t want this, you can go to Carrie’s Kitchen in the village. Ask Angie how to get there.) Even the dogs were friendly at the Lodge. One of them, watched to see if we laid down in a hammock on the front porch of the cabana. If we did, he would then come over and put his head over the side of the hammock and stare at us hoping that we would talk to him and pet him. We did.
We took a morning ride with Mick along the lagoon. He pointed out the birds which were in abundance. Mick has a good eye for them and we saw dozens of different birds as we took our trip. We also saw some swimming cattle who like to eat the water lilies in the lagoon. If you stay at the Lodge, be sure to take this morning trip. As an aside, Zach, who is not yet in school but is quite vocal, is learning to become a guide. He took me on a guided tour around the small pond on the property. His descriptions were perhaps a bit less factual than his father’s but equally interesting.
We took a day trip to the Belize Zoo and to the Baboon (local term for howler monkeys) Sanctuary. Both of these were worth the trip. We spent our last day at the Lodge resting, kayaking and walking around and thinking about what we would find when we got back home (12" of very cold snow). We had hit the one day when there were no other visitors at the Lodge and were privileged to be able to eat supper with the family. What a great end to a great stay!
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