Tips & Tricks
Getting There: Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is located off the Southern Highway, approximately 20 miles south of Dangriga. The entrance is at Maya Center Village, where the Maya Center Women’s Group collects the entrance fees to the protected area. From here, the actual park is six miles down a dirt road. Visitors can drive, hike […]
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (Stann Creek District, Placencia, south-central Belize) — this is Belize’s most famous, and one of its biggest, protected areas – the huge swath of tropical forest became the world’s first jaguar sanctuary in 1984. Today it’s home to an estimated 40 to 50 jaguars and a vast array of wildlife. Visits […]
Bacalar Chico National Park & Marine Reserve (Ambergris Caye, Belize) — At the northern tip of Ambergris Caye, Bacalar Chico is part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage Site, declared in 1996. At the time of research, the park was only accessible by a 90-minute tour-boat ride from San Pedro or Sarteneja. […]
Belize Zoo (Mile 29 on the Western Highway, a.k.a. George Price Hwy., Belize City) – this 29-acre zoo, run by one-time lion tamer Sharon Matola, houses 125 native species (ranging from harpy eagles to tapirs, scarlet macaws, toucans, Jaburi storks, and various large felines, like jaguars, pumas and ocelots). Admission: $10 (adults), $5 (children). For […]
Caye Caulker (off the Caribbean coast of Belize) — near Ambergris Caye is Caye Caulker, another popular beach spot off Belize’s mainland. Smaller than Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker is even more laid back than its larger neighbor, but it is blessed with the same dream-like, palm-studded beaches.
Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts (Southern Foreshore, Belize City) — Operated by the Institute for Creative Arts, the revamped Bliss Centre has a fine 600-seat theater that stages a variety of events throughout the year. Look for concerts of traditional Belizean music and shows celebrating Belize and its culture. Annual events include the Belize […]