We understand, there is lots to know! But don't worry! At Monkey Bay our top priority is making sure you feel comfortable and have all your questions answered before your trip.


How do I get to Monkey Bay ?

Reserve an Airport transfer with us:  We offer Airport Transfer Services from The Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) in Belize City to and from Monkey Bay at US $75 for 1-4 persons.  We also offer Transfer Services between various locations within Belize.  Please inquire via info@monkeybaybelize.com to reserve a transfer or request a transfer quote. Let us do the driving!

Driving directions: Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is located at Mile 31.5 on the George Price Highway, about halfway between Belize City and Belmopan City.  We have a large road sign posted on the highway at our access road entrance off the George Price Highway.  

From the Philip Goldson International Airport: Exit the parking lot and airport facility. At the end of the one-mile airport access road, turn left onto the Northern Highway. Follow this two-lane paved road about 5 miles until you reach the junction marked Burrel Boom Road, left turn only. Follow the Burrel Boom Road about 3 miles to cross the Belize River, then another 9 miles to a roundabout junction at the George Price Highway, go right onto the George Price Highway. Continue on the George Price Highway for 15 miles, past the Belize Zoo at Mile 29, then another 2 ½ miles to Monkey Bay, left side of George Price Highway just past Cheers Restaurant. Take care to signal traffic behind you that you are turning left, and not signaling them to pass you! Note that it is common practice in Belize to pull off the road onto the right shoulder allowing traffic to pass before turning left. Turn left onto the gravel road at the Monkey Bay road sign, and continue ¼ mile up the gravel road. See our Service Entrance sign on the left where you can pull in and park. Walk to the two-story wooden Field Station building in front of you where we will greet you by the office, and begin orientation and check in.

From San Ignacio and Belmopan:Travel east on the George Price Highway towards Belmopan and Belize City. From the Belmopan Junction at Guanacaste Park, continue east another 14 miles on the George Price Highway toward Belize City. Just past Amigo’s Restaurant and Bar on your right, begin slowing and signal to turn right at the sign for Monkey Bay. Continue approximately ¼ mile up the gravel road. See our Service Entrance sign on the left where you can park. Walk to the two-story wooden Field Station building in front of you where we will greet you by the office, and begin orientation and check in.

Public Bus directions:

From Belize City:Catch any westbound bus, (except the “Express”) which will be labeled for Benque, Belmopan, Dangriga, Punta Gorda, or Placencia. Make sure that the bus is not marked “non-stop”. Tell the conductor to drop you off at Monkey Bay. Your upcoming landmarks will be the Belize Zoo (2 miles prior), the Midway service station (1 ½ miles prior), and Cheers Restaurant (¼ mile prior). Once you step off the bus, walk 5 minutes up the gravel road to our entrance sign on the left. Drop your pack at the two-story field station where we will greet you and begin orientation and check in.

From San Ignacio and Belmopan:Catch any bus headed for Belize City. Make sure that it is not marked “non-stop”. Tell the conductor to drop you off at Monkey Bay. Your upcoming landmarks will be St. Matthew’s village (7 miles prior) and Amigo’s Restaurant and Bar (¼ mile prior). Once you step off the bus, walk 5 minutes up the gravel road to our entrance sign on the left. Drop your pack at the two-story field station where we will greet you and begin orientation and check in.

If you require further directions or assistance, please feel free to reach out to us at our local phone number:  822-8032.

 

Suggested Personal Items to Bring

  • Swimsuit

  • Beach Towel

  • Short Pants

  • Long Pants

  • Short sleeved shirt

  • Long sleeved shirt (for mosquito/sun protection)

  • Light Jacket, Pullover Sweater or Hoodie (for cool nights at higher altitude)

  • Undergarments

  • Pajamas (Recommended for Shared Student Bunk Housing)

  • Socks

  • Tennis shoes or Water shoes – recommended but not necessary

  • Sandals with straps

  • Above-the-Ankle Hiking shoes for jungle excursions

  • Hat and bandana for sun and bug protection

  • Water bottle- wide-mouth, refillable, quart-size plastic or metal bottles are the best

  • Personal Journal/pen

  • Notebook or Smart Phone if you want to use the wireless Internet

  • Camera

  • Dry bag or backpack with raincover big enough to adequately protect any electronic gear you may carry with you on excursions

  • Headlamp or Flashlight ( lamps with a ‘red light mode’ are recommended for night tours)

  • Batteries (pack ‘em out, we can’t recycle them here), or Rechargeable Batteries

  • Toiletries

  • Biodegradable soap – for bathing in the river

  • Insect Repellant

  • Sun block

  • Any Prescription Medicines you take


 

Belize Entry Requirements

  • Passport must be valid 3 months beyond intended stay.

  • Tickets and Documents for return or onward travel.

  • Sufficient funds for duration of stay.

  • No visa required for stay up to 30 days - extension possible at Immigration Department for nominal fee.

  • Vaccinations - International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever required if arriving from known infected area within 5 days.

 

Health and Vaccination Information

For all health requirements and recommendations travelers should check with a local Health Clinic or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, GA USA. See website link below.wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/belize.htm

  • Yellow Fever Vaccination: International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever is required upon arrival if traveling from a known infected area.

  • Malaria: Malaria exists in limited rural areas of the country. Currently (2013) there is no risk in central coastal Belize District.

  • Cholera: Cholera is reported in some areas of the country.

  • For a current update on Zika Virus status within Belize, please visit the CDC website here.

 

Currency

US$ Traveler’s Checks or US cash preferred by most businesses. Visitors can exchange US currency for Belize dollars on arrival to the Belize airport, and at any bank and most hotels as needed. Debit cards work at ATM’s found in all district towns. The rural villagers generally do not accept credit or debit cards, Traveler’s Checks or personal checks. Be sure to have small denominations of US ($5’s to $20’s) or BZE dollars when visiting rural communities and small businesses.

 

Weather

The climate of Belize is sub-tropical. Typically, we experience “dry season” conditions from December to May. Although usually warm and dry, the infrequent “northerly” can blow down from the Gulf of Mexico, bringing with it cooler temperatures and rain. Inland conditions can change quickly with afternoon thunderstorms and heavy rainfall commonly occurring. Typically, daytime temperatures range from 70 - 100° F with high humidity, dropping at night to 70 - 80°F or cooler at higher altitudes. From June through November, the rainy season ensues with both sunny and wet weather conditions alternating. Rainy season corresponds with the Hurricane Season, also a great time to visit Belize because there are not so many tourists competing for services. See suggested packing guidelines