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Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Reviewed January 9, 2013

The lodgings are immaculate and the food was great! The hospitality was amazing! The staff more than accommodating! They offer educational guided tours to the caves, canoeing down the Sibun River gawking at the wildlife, tromping through the savannah and more for the average tourist and educational/internship programs for international students. If you are looking for a stimulating, educational experience...you must check them out!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

Monkey Bay is situated in the Mayan mountains of the Belizian pine forests. Located near Carocol (Mayan Ruins) this wild life sanctuary protects many of Belize's prized icons such as the Howler Monkey, Jaguar, and tapir.

The food is amazing at the sanctuary and is buffet style dinning. The sanctuary is located near "Big Rock falls" which is a 120 foot water fall which is stunning, other locations such as the Sibun river which guests run to in the morning for a quick swim is also very breathtaking. The staff is very knowledgeable about the surrounding area and are fluent in both English, Spanish, and the local Mayan language.

Overall great stay, great people, beautiful scenery, and a unique way to spend a couple days in Belize.

Activities such as zip lining, canoeing, caving, and jungle excursions are available.

One last thing, free WiFi available in the library

Room Tip: Monkey Bay hosts many school and educational groups, staying away from their rooms will guarantee a...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

Monkey Bay was fantastic from the moment they arranged to pick myself and my University Group up from the airport. The vehicle that pulled up was the coolest old school bus that had been decorated with a huge array of all things Belizean.

Our stay at Monkey Bay was fantastic, every opportunity was given to us to see as much of the country as we could hope for.

The guides in Juan, Chester and Lincoln were so helpful and knowledgeable throughout the trip and without them the trip would not have been as amazing as it was. They were all so knowledgeable and clearly loved their job and their country.

Monkey Bay itself was perfectly situated. It is so close to the Sibun River that if there was any small amount of time free there was always time to end up swimming in the river and getting nibbled by the Tetra.

We were taken on excursions to caves, mountains, rivers, Jungles and eventually all the way out to the coast where we got transported out to Tobacco Caye.

Monkey Bay helped make Belize the best trip I could have hoped for and I can honestly say that the 8 days I spent in Monkey Bay were right up there with the best days i've ever had in my life.

I would recommend this place to anyone who has a love for nature.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Dorms which were clean and stayed as cool as possible.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

We stayed at Monkey Bay for only 1 night but were still blown over by the hospitality. The grounds are nice and dotted with hammocks. We saw golden-fronted woodpeckers, parrots, yellow-breasted chats, and orioles before we'd even had breakfast! The rooms were clean and good value and the communal food was really good.

For us, what made this place so special was the tailormade tour they organised for us at only a few days notice with Juan - possibly the most knowledgeable and happiest guide in the whole of Belize! This incorporated a trip to Belize zoo, a trip out to Gales Point to watch the manatees (with a bonus wildcard of watching the captain reel in a massvie tarpon), tour around Belmopan and Spanish Lookout, a night in bullet tree falls, and morning at xuanantunich....I don't think tours like this are the main business of Monkey Bay but it's something they do incredibly well. Juan was just amazing - you know you've got a damn good guide when they can spot tiny birds like an acorn woodpecker up ahead while negotiating the bumpy dirt roads, when they know that termites taste of carrots, and they can answer any random question about the country's infrastructure, wildlife or history that you throw at them! Juan also pulled up to show us Marie Sharps chilli sauce factory - this is a man with a big heart focussed on the right things!

Our three days in the Cayo district were fun-packed, memorable and gave us a great introduction to the real Belize thanks to Monkey Bay - thank you Anna, Brittany, Lincoln and Juan :-)

Room Tip: We stayed in a private room in the bottom block. It was nice, simple, clean. The windows have good m...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 22, 2011

Our family just returned from a day's excursion to Monkey Bay Sanctuary. Although we arrived there unexpectedly, we could not have been treated better! We were welcomed by Aretha, who prepared a tasty and hearty snack for our canoe trip down the pristine Sibun River. Juan, our guide, ensured that we caught sight of various inhabitants of the area, including toucans and egrets, iguanas, and crocodile. Our tour ended with sampling of fresh oranges, and a delicious dinner prepared by Aretha. Monkey Bay Sanctuary is a hidden gem. It was serene and peacful with lots of friendly conversation and assistance from the staff. We expect to return to Monkey Bay and share our wonderful experience with future visitors.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 2, 2011

This is am amazing location to be at one with nature. Just a short walk away from the Sibun river which is a lovely way to cool down in the Belize heat. It is close to the capital city Belmopan and the Belize Zoo along with many other attractions. Its centraal location in the country allows for day trips almost anywhere. Not to mention Amigo's the bar right across the road for Belikins and karaoke.The staff at MB are amazing, very willing to help you and very friendly and the food is to die for! Don't expect to be starved while you stay here! Anna and her team are great people just start a conversation with any one of them and see where it takes you!

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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 2, 2011

I stayed at Monkey Bay for over a week at the beginning of a month long emersion program, and at the end of my stay in Belize I was happy to return once more to Monkey Bay .The staff went out of there way to make us feel welcome. Camp fires were a highlight. Local villagers would be invited by the staff to perform traditional dances and drumming.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Address: Western Highway, Belmopan, Belize
Location: Belize > Cayo > Belmopan
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Belmopan
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is an environmental education center offering Belize Study Abroad experiential learning programs and training opportunities while serving as a model of conservation land Stewardship. Our goal is to guide our guests and students in experiencing the natural wonders of the tropics and life in a developing country, recognizing the diversity of human potential through other cultures. We do this from a peaceful natural setting within a 1070-acre private protected area at our Monkey Bay campus where we experiment with sustainable living technologies and conservation land management ... more   less 
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Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary Belize/Belmopan

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