"Crooked Tree - a Bird Watcher's Paradise" Crooked Tree by Bwana_Brown
Crooked Tree Travel Guide: 24 reviews and 47 photos
We were really starting to get into this Belize thing by the time we arrived at the Bird's Eye View Lodge in Crooked Tree village! This was Day 10 of our trip and we had already had five days on the beautiful islands and coral reefs in the north, two days enjoying the forests and animals in central Belize and then two more days on the remote palm-fringed southeastern shores of the country at 'Hopkins'.
Located on a small island connected to land by a rough 3.5-mile long causeway, the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary is noted for its fastastic bird-watching. The reports are well-founded, as we can attest from an amazing tour of Crooked Tree Lagoon and up Spanish Creek on one of the boats anchored in this photo. More than just that experience made this 2-day stopover a special part of our trip - it was also very relaxing sitting on the lakeshore in the 30 C weather, yet feeling totally refreshed by the cool breeze blowing in off the water, as the myriad assortment of birds and animals put on a show for us! Just another of the many great experiences we had in Belize as we moved around the country with our backpacks.
This area of Belize is made up of a mixture of long lagoons, connected by creeks, marshes and logwood tree thickets. As a result, it is a natural for birds and, in fact, we saw many of the same species that we get in eastern Canada - I was wondering where they spent the winter! Crooked Tree island is a different place, in that it is the result of being surrounded by various creeks, which expand into large lagoons during during the wet season and sometimes dry up completely in the summer months. Because of the record breaking hurricane and tropical storm season in 2005/06, the waters were still unusually high when we were there in February, 2006. Even though this area is quite some distance inland from the Caribbean Sea, it is only 10-16 feet (3-5 metres) above sea level, so large amounts of rain water tend to spread out over the flat landscape.
- Pros:Extremely relaxing spot, fantastic birding
- Cons:A bit out of the way, food only so-so
- In a nutshell:A totally different Belize experience - very enjoyable!
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