7 of the 13 are considered the World's Best Birding Sites
1.) Caracol Archaeological Reserve - Touring this archaeological site, allows you to see some really gorgeous birds. With a sharp eye, you'll be able to see a harpy eagle, one of the largest birds in Central America. Sharing this habitat as well, are other birds such as the great curassow, keel-billed motmot, crested guan, ocellated turkey and a bird with the most curious name of all: the violaceous trogon.
2.) Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary - Home to the endangered jaguars, Cockscomb Basin Forest Reserve is the only jaguar preserve in the world. From a tree top level, this is truly a peaceful kingdom, as many bird species coexist together nicely. Many birds are often heard before their seen. Point your binoculars toward the loud scarlet macaws, huge king vultures and several types of toucan during a visit to this reserve. These birds are so colorful, you can't miss them even if you tried.
3.) Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary - If you wonder where storks hang out when they’re not delivering babies, this northern Belize wetland may answer your question. As a matter of fact, giant jabiru storks make their homes here during the dry season, so if you long to see these stately birds, time your visit accordingly. By the way, these long-legged birds don’t begrudge other species from sticking around, so if you also happen to glimpse yellow-lored parrots or Yucatan jays, your birding friends will be mighty impressed.
4.) Half-Moon Caye National Monument - This wildlife reserve rarely gets human visitors, so for this reason the red-footed boobie bird feels totally at home and free to nest and reproduce without fear. For this reason, birding visitors need to be respectful of the environment. The Caye is so crowded with birds, it’s hard to spot the terrain underneath. If you're looking to see a huge number of birds all gathered in one spot, this is the place.
5.) Shipstern Nature Reserve - Shipstern is a 22,000 acre bird reserve that’s estimated to host 250 bird species, though they’re not necessarily all in residence at the same time! The ecosystem in & around this park is a mixture of tributaries and solid land. For bird watchers, you have several choices when it comes to watching these lovely creatures: 1) by foot or 2) by canoe.
6.) New River Lagoon - Like the Caracol Mayan Ruins site, this gives you a second opportunity to pair another Mayan ruin visit with your bird watching activities. As the name suggests, this area’s main attraction is the water, and in addition to the lagoon, you’ll also find marshlands, steams and canals known to attract purple gallinule, black-colored hawk and northern jacana birds. When you’ve had your fill of wetlands, hike to the Lamanai Mayan ruin to discover more birds along the trails and perched at the ruin itself.
7.) Man-O-War Caye - The name may sound menacing, but this area is one of the most tranquil nesting sites in Belize. Given the fragility of the area, it’s perpetually monitored by the Belize government and there are restrictions imposed on birders eager to glimpse man-o-war, brown boobies and frigates: to make sure this area remains protected, visitors must observe this breeding ground from small boats that circle the island. Binoculars are a must if you visit.
8.) Ambergris Caye & Caye Caulker - Of all the bird habitats in Belize, the littoral forests on Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker are possibly the most endangered due to rapid tourism development. Caye littoral forests benefit the Black Catbird and White-Crowned Pigeon, which are both listed as near-threatened species. The Mangrove habitat and the abundant sea grape trees also attract many other birds.
9.) Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve - The Mountain Pine Ridge is a landscape of rolling pine forest spread over smooth, granite hillsides in the Cayo District. A very popular activity inside the reserve, is bird watching. Here you will find species such as the rufous-capped warbler, crossbill, pine siskin, stygian owl and estern bluebird. A trip between autumn and spring, will allow you to see the hepatic tanager and chipping sparrow. Eagles, falcons and hawks cruise treetops and it is the most likely place in Belize to see the rare Orange-breasted Falcon.
10.) Aguacaliente Wildlife Sanctuary - The Aguacaliente Wildlife Sanctuary is a natural reserve in the Toledo District in Southern Belize. The sanctuary protects important breeding colonies for many birds, whose habitat (is in this area), in the grass or along the water's edge. It is not uncommon to catch glimpses of cormorants, wood storks, great blue herons, little blue herons, tri-colored herons, great egrets, whistling ducks, sandpipers, stilts, swallows, flycatchers, and more.
11.) Mayflower Bocawina National Park - Over 7,000 acres of pristine lowland & highland rainforest, you will find this national park adjacent to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. Not only does the park offer ample birding opportunities, the park is also a great place to explore. Here you will find mountains, waterfalls, walking trails, swimming holes, and Maya archeological remains.
12.) St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park - St. Herman's is located just 12 miles south of Belmopan City, off the Hummingbird Highway. This park consists of approximately 575 acres of jungle waiting to be explored. The park is most famous for its saffphire-colored cenote, and crystal cave, although less explored are the well-maintained trails that makes bird watching very accessible.
13.) Red Bank Village - Each year the magnificent Scarlet Macaw flocks here in the small Mayan village of Red Bank (Stann Creek), between the middle of November until early March. You may see as many as 100 birds gather near the village to feed on the sweet, ripe fruits of the annato trees. This region is also know for hosting many other tropical birds year-round, such as the toucan, which is Belize's national bird.
Best Birding Time in Belize
Belize is great for birding throughout the year. Late October to late April (dry season), is when all the local resident birds are joined by migratory birds, escaping the harsh winters of North America. During the summer months (rainy season), migratory birds come from South America.
The annual Bird Festival for Belize is held in October of each year, and the majority of organized birding tours, also correspond to high-season (aka dry season), from mid-November to late April when most tourists come to Belize.
Diving Blue Hole (3 Tanks)
Diving Turneffe (3 Tanks)
Diving Tours (3 Tanks)
Diving Tours (2 Tanks)
Diving Tours (1 Tank)
Night Diving (1 Tank)
Dive Hol Chan-Shark Ray
Blue Hole Snorkeling
Manatee Watch & Beach BBQ
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Shark Ray Alley
Mexico Rocks & Tres Cocos
Snorkeling at Caye Caulker
Bachalar Chico Marine Reserve
Deep Sea Fishing
Robles Fishing/Snorkel & BBQ
Private Fishing Charter
Jungle Zip Lining
Waterfall Rappel & Zip Lining
Waterfall Rappel & Hike
ATV Jungle Dirt Biking
7 Mile Cave Tubing
ATM Cave Exploring
Barton Creek Cave
Black Hole Rappelling
Cave Waterfall Rappelling
River Cave Expedition
Lost World Expedition
Herman Cave & Blue Hole
Crystal Cave & Blue Hole