I stayed at Monkey Bay for roughly 2 weeks whilst on fieldwork with university. The chicken bus goes straight through from Belize City via Belmopan (approx 2 hours, but 30$BZ cheaper than a taxi), and we could hop off right outside Monkey Bay - perfect! Luckily, I managed to shotgun the room by the wash facilities which was a lot cooler and comfier than the wooden bunkhouses where my fellow students stayed!
We had 3 meals a day prepared for us; breakfast and dinner were always superb, with a wide variety of food on offer. If you needed wifi, you could only access it around the central office area. The showers were something else though - be prepared for the shock of your lifetime early each morning! Showers and toilets were very clean though and well kept. They also offered a laundry service for 10$BZ, which was perfect at the time as we travelled in rainy season, with no opportunity to dry your clothes!
However, the location is approximately 10 miles outside of Belmopan and is in the middle of nowhere, so apart from Amigo's bar across the way, make sure you have something to entertain yourself. Also, I strongly recommend long sleeves and trousers after 5pm to avoid sandfly bites (they itch like hell) - I learnt the hard way on my first night there, sitting outside for 15 minutes in shorts and a t-shirt, but looking like I had chickenpox for the next 2 weeks.
Overall, brilliant place to stay and good value for money. The food was always superb!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary Belize/Belmopan