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Monkey River Village

Getting Here & Around | Accommodations | Things to Do

Monkey River is the northernmost community in Toledo. It is a small community of 200 people perched on the mouth of the Monkey River near the Caribbean Sea with sandy beaches. It is a quiet community known for fishing and community based eco-tourism.

Getting Here & Around

To get to Monkey River Town by road, follow the road for 12 miles from the Southern Highway until you get to the bank opposite from the town. Just signal from the shore and someone can pick you up in a boat or dory.

A second option to go to Monkey River is from Placencia Village. Day trips are available from the village.

Monkey River is small and easy to get around. There are only two main streets. There are no cars, trucks, or bikes in town. The sandy, grassy paths are short and comfortable for walking throughout the entire village.


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Things to Do

River Tours: One of several local guides can take you up the river where you can see iguanas, birds and howler monkeys.

Fly Fishing: Punta Negra Lake, just 35 minutes south of Monkey River is known for its abundance of tarpon, snook and permit. Fishing is done on a catch and release basis.

Snorkeling, diving and swimming: The Port Honduras Marine Reserve is located just off shore from Monkey River. The Snake Cayes offer excellent opportunities to explore and view marine life.

Bird watching: Also offshore from Monkey River are mangrove cayes which serve as roosting areas for large numbers of wading birds such as egrets and herons.

Hiking: The close proximity to Paynes Creek National Park provides excellent opportunities for hiking and exploring. Also within this park is evidence of four Maya sites.

Toledo District:  Punta Gorda Town | Monkey River Village | Maya Villages | Community Based Tourism

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