Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Set on a 1060-acre nature reserve and sanctuary, this lodging and its surroundings is a protected area where guests can immerse themselves into tropical biological diversity and really get back to basics. Although free Wi-Fi is available, this is a great place to disconnect, spend time outdoors, get to know local people and enjoy peace and quiet. When student groups are on campus, there are many learning activities going on that one cannot help but participate in.

Those hoping to stay active won't leave disappointed with Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, as they'll encounter a wide range of outdoor possibilities. Whether you're searching for excitement on the water or on land, this place has got it all.

Set in Central Belize, 28.1 miles west-southwest of Belize City, Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary happily welcomes guests who are interested in basing their vacation in this part of Belize. In case you're wondering, the center of Belmopan is 14 miles (23 kilometers) to the west-southwest.


There are several different lodging styles available at Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, all with the central focus on sustainability and homesteading . For example, a rainwater collection and storage system supplies potable water that pressurized and delivered through pipes where needed. Back-up power is supplied by solar panels, and human waste is processed in a biogas digester and kitchen wastes are composted and utilized to feed cultivated plants in the garden.

With these features in mind, guests may choose between cabanas, private rooms, and dormitories, with enough room for a total of 70 guests on site. In addition, there are sheltered camping sites for adventurous travelers with tent or hammock on a budget of less than $10(USD) per night.

Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary has just 14 units, which makes it a relatively small option. Since it's a rather cozy place to stay, it's perfect for vacationers who enjoy a calm, quaint atmosphere. Upon reviewing its overall quality, we've rated this lodge a one and a half star rating.

A check list of the in-room amenities available for visitors at Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is provided below.

  • Toilet
  • Shower
  • Temperature Control
  • Double Bed
  • Terrace
  • Twin Bed
  • Balcony

If you want a room with a certain amenity, contact the front desk to verify availability.

Activities and Amenities

Situated within a private protected area with easy walking access to five distinct forest vegetation types and the Sibun River, the fiveacre campus contains a small collection of buildings that support field study programs, nature tourism and family vacations. The ambiance is peaceful, open, sunny and breezy with covered outdoor areas for birding, hiking, hammock time and recreation. There is a playground for young kids and thatch casitas for shaded down time.

From the library in the two story field station, there are long views across the Pine savanna to the limestone karst hills south and adjacent to the Sanctuary. Rainwater catchment, solar panels, herb garden, composting bins, native plant identification signs and shaded ponds provide on-site fun and learning activities sufficient to keep guests engaged for multiple days at Monkey Bay. Other amenities include guided tours, mail services, an airport shuttle, public transportation, and a natural history display.

On request, local musicians and storytellers perform around the campfire, drumming Creole and Garifuna rhythms for a dancing crowd of visitors to Belize. Adjacent to the property are plenty of adventure activities that are off the traditional tourism circuit; Sibun River canoeing, Tiger Cave underground exploration, Cox Lagoon crocodile night paddle and Belize Zoo night tour. A new horseback riding stable just opened next door offering guided rides through savanna and jungle settings

The following list displays this property's facilities and general amenities:

  • Basketball
  • Sports Available
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking/Nature Walk
  • Highspeed Internet
  • Wi Fi Internet Access
  • Snorkeling

However, it's always best to call with questions to make sure the particular activities you have in mind are available. Visit this page to go to our in-depth discussion about the types of activities and recreation opportunities that Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary has to offer.


Besides the convenient central location and ease of access on public transportation, Monkey Bay’s Food and Hospitality service is A+ with a robust buffet composted of delicious and nutritious meals prepared fresh with locally produce fruits, vegetables, grains and forest products.

Nearby dining is a major concern when selecting somewhere to stay in Belize. Those staying at Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary will encounter a small handful of restaurants within reach. To find out more about this area's dining, click here.

Guest Services

The services available at Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, including the one listed below, can help you keep your itinerary effortless.

  • Airport Shuttle

Some may want to consider that this property also has a useful set of business amenities, great for those visitors who are traveling to this region on business.

  • Conference Facilities
  • Projector


You will notice plenty of attractions near Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. The nearest includes St. Herman's Cave, a cave.

One of the nearest areas of interest from the lodge is Belmopan. To get even more out of your stay, escape for a day trip to a nearby town to see what else the country has to offer.

If you'd like to learn more about what's near the property, click here.

Contact Info

Location: Mile 31 ½ George Price Highway, Central Belize, Belize

Phone: (501) 822-8032

Secondary Phone: (770) 877-2648



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