The Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (t 820-3032, w www.monkeybaybelize.org), a 44-square-kilometre protected area extending to the Sibun River, offers birding and nature trails through five distinct types of vegetation and habitat. Adjoining the sanctuary is the Monkey Bay National Park, enclosing a biological corridor that runs south through karst limestone hills to connect with the Manatee Forest Reserve. Apart from being a relaxing place to stay in a private room (US$27), dorm (US$19) or to camp under thatched shelters (US$8), Monkey Bay is a viable experiment in sustainable living, using solar power, rainwater catchment and biogas fuel for cooking; the food (some of it grown in the station’s organic gardens) is plentiful and delicious, and the staff arranges excursions.

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