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Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Spent a night here in Mountain View, which is perfect for a couple or small family. The Millers are wonderful hosts and it's a sanctuary, indeed. Dawn is very beautiful, the food is great, and it's a terrific place to spend the night when traveling in Belize.

Room Tip: Stay in Mountain view, if possible
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

I stayed at the sanctuary for a week, doing some volunteer work as a short-term intern (usually they have a minimum stay of four weeks) with three friends. The atmosphere at Monkey Bay was relaxed and very friendly. Breakfast served at 8am, lunch at noon and dinner at 6pm. Each meal has a buffet-type structure where you serve yourself. Their meals have a lot of variation but often based on traditional foods, including rice and beans, fry jacks. The accommodation was simple, but we rarely spent more time than sleeping in there. I shared a room that had two bunk beds with two friends. Having a spare bunk was really nice because the room would have been really cramped with a fourth person. They have two fans in each room, which help a bit during the night but it's still very warm! Shower and bathroom facilities are shared. They have taps with drinking water, which was very valuable, as well as internet connection. We went on the jungle trail during the day and saw quite a bit of wildlife (although you see more during the night tours), including grasshoppers, lots of birds, and the highlight was seeing a toucan (very rare, the first time our tour guide had seen one in the wild!). A stop at the river on the way back is very refreshing! The sanctuary is really close to the zoo, which is definitely worth a visit!!! We spent about three hours at the zoo.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

On our return from San Ignacio we wanted to break up the trip and so stopped at Monkey Bay along the Western Highway between Belmopan and Belize City (minutes from Belize Zoo). We are so glad we did. The Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary typically hosts student groups from colleges and universities who come to study ecology and biology and so is set up with a kitchen and large eating area (meals are affordable and tasty), potable water (free), dorms, cabins and on-site clean washrooms and showers. The site sits on a large forest reserve near the Sibun River and offers guided canoe trips and jungle walks, or you could arrange a trip to do cave tubing nearby. We did the guided canoe trip and loved it - our guide pointed out so many types of birds, spotted howler monkeys, iguana and even toucans! He was very knowledgeable and friendly and we enjoyed our paddle down the river very much. Our room was large and clean and cool and very quiet (no students while we were there). The meals were simple and tasty and the staff is extremely welcoming. The grounds are lovely and include a guided plant walk with the names of the plants as well as what they are used for medicinally. Easy to hop on and off the bus at Monkey Bay, making it a very affordable spot to stay. Note that Monkey Bay is rather rustic living and is not for someone seeking a resort.

Room Tip: We stayed in the larger Mountainview Cabin which had a double bed and 2 bunk beds as well as an adjo...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

We love Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary! Had booked for 2 nights but stayed for a week and planning a trip next year. You'll feel immediately welcome and comfortable. Staff are exceptional in hospitality, skill, knowledge, and the food is outstanding! A strong sense of community makes it easy to connect with people and share experiences. Guides (excellent) are accessible on the premises for jungle, canoe, cave and bird tours (I loved the jungle canoe with swims). There is lots to see and do on or off site which they will help you arrange. The educational programs they offer are commendable, so great to support. We were lucky enough to arrive when a group of students were getting a review of where they had been and what they had learned about the ecology and sustainability. Very inspiring! 100% on all accounts. There really is something for everyone here.

Room Tip: There are a variety of rooms available, all very clean. Your choice would depend on price (which all...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

This is not for a resort person or someone who wants to be near the ocean. As a base for somoene who is going to explore nearby for a couple of days it is perfect. The enviroment with staff as well as other guests is great. Real sense of community. Prices are very reasonable espescially with food. You get to eat everyday local food and at a very good price. Staff will do anything to help your stay. However, the biggest warning I would give is that you get bug spray and put it on all the time.

Room Tip: I wouldn't pay the extra money for a room with a shower, there are showers everywhere.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

I had been scouting lodging and birding locations for my 2014 Yellowbilled Tours field trips. I made an unplanned stop at Monkey Bay. I was very pleased by the recepition I recieved. I was given a full tour of the various rooms and of the grounds. All the guest room were very clean. Thgere are dinning afacilities on the property but no food was being prepared during my visit. Also Monkey Bay has a number of bus for moving large groups of people. Matthew and his assistance weren very nice folks. I liked the signage around the grounds. I plan to return.

Room Tip: don't use bunk room without inspection. Individual room were spotless and rustic ( I like rustic...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

There is a big speculation near the river, a lot of bulldozer are digging in the reserve. Probably for this reason we havent seen any animals, only a lot of mosquitos. At the reception doesn't explain nothing of the reserve.
The lodge is ok if you use it as base to visit other places. The food is good.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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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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