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Crooked Tree Village

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A short 33-mile trip north of Belize City leads to lowland savannah areas, seemingly void of life, but a two-mile causeway off the highway leads to a tiny oasis that teems with life. Sandwiched by two lagoons and topped by a few creeks lies Crooked Tree, the sleepy Creole village of narrow sandy lanes lined with cashew trees. During the dry season, the lagoons shrink in size creating a high concentration of fish and thus a banquet feast for thousands of birds, including the famous jabiru stork. No matter what time of year, however, a trip to Crooked Tree yields a pleasant experience with friendly, local people and natural beauty.

Getting to & Around

By Bus
Getting to Crooked Tree by bus is relatively easy. From Belize City, take any regular bus going north to Orange Walk or Corozal and ask to be let off at Crooked Tree. From there, you can either walk (enjoying the birdlife along the way) or hitch a ride with a local vehicle heading to the village. There is also a local bus service for the village that leaves Belize City three times daily.

By Vehicle
If you have a private vehicle, drive 33 miles north from Belize City until you see the well-marked signs pointing you to Crooked Tree Village. From Orange Walk Town, Crooked Tree is south about 20 miles. After turning onto the causeway, drive for 2 miles and you will enter the village. A visitorís center is located at the entrance of the village and can provide you with information. Be aware that there are areas of soft sand and so stick to the main lanes with the vehicle.

Once you are here, getting around Crooked Tree is relatively easy by foot along the sandy lanes and footpaths.

Accommodations & Meals

Click here for a listing of Belize Explorer accommodations located in Crooked Tree Village.

There are a few stores and shops in the village and two restaurants serve Creole food.


Bird watching: By far the most popular activity, birding, is due to the huge variety of fauna in the lagoons, swamps and along the creeks. From the gigantic jabiru stork to the tiny warblers and hummingbirds, amateurs and birding enthusiasts will have no shortage of feathered friends, with over 300 species being recorded here. Excellent local guides are also available.

Boating & Paddling: The network of waterways surrounding the village make for an exciting way to explore the natural beauty while increasing the likelihood of seeing birds, reptiles and small mammals. While a tour may seem a little bit expensive (US $25 and up), it is well worth it for the experience.

Cashew Festival: Each year the village hosts the Cashew Festival in May with demonstrations on the many uses of the nut and fruit. Read about the Cashew Festival.

Maya Sites: Several small Maya sites are in the area. One on the western shore of the lagoon, Chau Hiix, is being excavated by students from University of Indiana who have on-going work with the Department of Archeology and the village.

Other Attractions: Check out the interactive map for other attractions in the area.

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