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Bird's Eye View Lodge

Crooked Tree Village Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Crooked Tree Belize
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The top neotropical birding site in Belize is Crooked Tree and the Bird's Eye View Lodge is the place to stay. Whatever the season there are always exotic neotropical birds about the grounds and the sanctuary and our sharp-eyed, professional, Licensed Guides know how to find them, whether on our Birding-by-Boat Cruises or Guided Bird Walks. You won't have to go far from the lodge to find exotic birds, they're all around us. You'll see neotropical birds like these along our shore, just 50 feet from the Lodge: With over 250 resident or migratory exotic neotropical birds close by, you are bound to add to your personal bird lists and have the opportunity to take many wonderful photos to show your fellow birders and add to your collection. (Not a birder? Well, be careful, you may become one after one of our cruises!) Make the Bird's Eye View Lodge Your Personal Base Camp while Touring Northern Belize Our focus is on birds of course, but we know that most of you who come to Belize also want to see the ancient Mayan Archeological Sites, Baboons (Howler Monkeys) a bit of Belize and perhaps do some snorkeling or cave tubing. Let us make it easy for you. Being centrally located in Northern Belize you'll find it convenient to base here at the Lodge and make day trips to other nearby locations. Tell us what you want to do while you're in Northern Belize and we'll arrange your tour and transportation, or choose from one of our package tours. Then all you have to do is show up at the airport and we'll take it from there. Or wait 'til you're here at the Lodge and we'll help you arrange your tour then. Right Here at Birds Eye View Lodge we offer you: • Early morning or afternoon Birding-by-Boat Cruises along the lagoons • Birdwatching from the Patio, the grounds or the nearby trails • Horseback Riding around Crooked Tree Village • Fishing on the Lagoon • Bicycle Rentals • Boat and Canoe Rentals • Crocodile Safaris (Nighttime by boat with searchlights) • Transportation to and from the Airport or Belize City Away from the Lodge we can take you to: • The Lamanai Mayan Site (all day) • The Altun Ha Mayan Site (half day) • The Baboon Sanctuary (half day) • A visit to Caye Caulker for Birding and/or Snorkeling (full day) • Cave Tubing at Jaguar Paw (full day) • The Belize Zoo (half day) • Old Belize (Historical Recreation) (half day) • Old Belize and Belize Zoo (full day) Or check out our Budget Birding & Touring Packages • We offer five, six, seven and eight day package tours covering the best birding in Northern Belize. Whatever your needs, we know our birds and we know the region well. We can help organize your touring and accommodations to make your stay in Northern Belize both easy and enjoyable.
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PlymouthPete19 wrote a review Mar 2024
Plymouth, United Kingdom339 contributions122 helpful votes
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We stayed here for 2 nights as part of a week's birding tour in Belize. The lodge occupies a great location, right by the lake with plenty of birding opportunities around. Birds seen close to the lodge included: Pauraque, Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, Wilson's Snipe, Black-headed Trogon, Prothonotary Warbler, and from the boat - Yellow-breasted & Ruddy Crakes. There's a nice little bar operating an honesty system, with a good selection of beers, some wines and also cocktails. Water, coffee & tea are provided free of charge. The food was wholesome and tasty - the beans, Fry Jack and pineapple juice were particularly good - although the choice for vegetarians could be a bit limited. Our room provided all we needed, with comfortable beds, air con, fan & a small safe. The shower temperature and flow was good but it squirted water into the bathroom from a small leak (covering it with a cloth resolved it). A strong smell of moth balls was rather unpleasant. The staff were friendly and welcoming and the WiFi was fine. We enjoyed our stay here.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Steve J wrote a review Mar 2024
Newbury Park, California21 contributions2 helpful votes
Famous eco-lodge on a lagoon. This is a somewhat aged property, with cozy but often peculiar rooms (beds are constructed out of immovable concrete and tile). Air conditioning works pretty well. Naturalists working out of Birds Eye provide outings all over northern Belize. We took advantage of this with a dawn boat tour (wonderful!), and bird-watching outings to Lamanai and La Milpa (the latter is a restricted area not open to the general public) as well as drives to the "Community Baboon Preserve" (actually Howler Monkey). Our naturalist, Michael Gillett, was terrific. He spent the entire week with us, and did transfers at the beginning and end of our stay. Birds Eye View has buffet meal service for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, with enough variety to suit most tastes. Each room is assigned a table, and you can arrange to sit with other people in your group. Various items are available very early in the morning for take-along on outings (we had baloney, cheese, and white bread sandwiches for breakfast one day). The kitchen staff is incredible. Kayaks and canoes are available for guest use. The pool was being maintained (and unavailable) during our stay. Crooked Tree Village has a smattering of very informal restaurants, a "Chinese" grocery store, a new supermarket, and a small handful of other lodgings (see my review for Beck's B&B). Roads are dirt, farm animals greet you from peoples' yards, but everyone is incredibly warm and friendly.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Room Tip: Reserve early - rooms are taken far in advance by adventure groups and birdwatchers
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Kurt H wrote a review Mar 2024
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My wife and I loved this place. It is right on the lagoon and we saw many birds from the balcony. The boat tour was awesome and we got a number of lifebirds. The food was excellent and the staff was very helpful. Our room was clean and comfortable. Would definitely go again.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Room Tip: Great place for birders, not sure what a non-birder would do.
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OaklandVisit2r wrote a review Feb 2024
Oakland, California, United States172 contributions63 helpful votes
An excellent spot for Lagoon boating, with morning and evening boat trips available. The Lodge is well set for tired travelers; offers comfortable rooms and excellent food, served cafeteria-style. The staff are helpful and friendly. Can't beat the setting for easy lagoon access.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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MVSanDiego_Traveler wrote a review Feb 2024
San Diego, California45 contributions21 helpful votes
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TripAdvisor Review for Bird’s Eye View Lodge, Leonard Gillett (2/12/24) This review is for Bird's Eye View's birding guide, Leonard Gillett (I stayed on Ambergris Caye). I'd contacted Bird's Eye while in the US to coordinate a birding tour. Kira was very helpful, and I was able to email her to coordinate. All I needed to do was take a water taxi from Ambergris and let them know the pickup time. Leonard was great! He picked me up from the water taxi terminal the morning of February 12, 2024. Our first stop was a drive-by of the airport area, where we saw a couple of species – Tropical Mockingbird, Great Kiskadee, and Social Flycatcher. We checked the highway on the way to Crooked Tree, stopping to get a better look at a Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture. Our destination was Crooked Tree; Leonard is a native of Crooked Tree and has been a professional birding guide for at least 14 years. He knows the species’ nicknames from childhood, learning the proper names once he decided that becoming a birding guide would be a viable career. So glad he made that decision! We birded the area around the sanctuary run by Belize Audubon. I was amazed to see a Russet-naped Wood-rail, among a variety of other birds, which were all around us. Leonard explained that due to unseasonal rains, the water at Crooked Tree was much higher than usual, so we were unlikely to see Jabiru Storks or Roseate Spoonbills. No matter - there were plenty of other birds to see! While Leonard was readying the boat for the tour of the area around Bird’s Eye View lodge, I checked out the birds frequenting the grounds and using the feeders. The Northern Waterthrush alone would cause a stir in San Diego. There were Clay-colored Thrush, Vermilion Flycatchers, and a couple of different oriole species there. The lodge looks charming, and I would consider staying there in the future. On the boat tour, Leonard didn’t miss a single bird even while piloting the boat. His ability to see and identify birds at a considerable distance and by their calls was phenomenal! There were Northern Jacanas everywhere, along with ubiquitous Great Blue Herons. Highlights were a brief sighting of a Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, a Boat-billed Heron, a Bat Falcon, a Black-collared Hawk, and multiple sightings of Snail Kites. There were three species of kingfisher. Leonard frequently repositioned the boat to get better looks at some of the birds skulking in the mangroves, and also pointed out a couple of crocodiles. We took a van ride to look for Yucatan Jays, but since it was the middle of the day and quite hot, the birds were uncooperative. Leonard went the extra mile to try for them, though. Leonard was very knowledgeable, and was able to answer my questions about Belizean natural history. He knew all about the flora and fauna of the area, and also added historical information about Belize. He was very nice, and made my birding experience joyful and memorable. I highly recommend Bird’s Eye, and specifically Leonard Gillett, to any birders visiting Crooked Tree.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Brad B wrote a review Dec 2023
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Staff very accommodating. Our room facing lagoon second floor was spacious with unparalleled views, good AC, clean and quiet. Leonard knows all about the history of Belize, the geography, and yes the birds. He pointed out several life birds for us by sound right on the property. We found 100 species within the village in 3 days. That’s without a boat ride (our target birds left the lagoon due to flooding). This place is easy to do self drive, hour from the airport. Merlin, eBird, and Birds Eye staff can find you muy birds! We’ll come back for the Jabiru during drier times.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Not during rainy season if you need the Jabiru (but you’ll still see tons of good birds).
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Kyle G wrote a review Aug 2023
Baltimore, Maryland65 contributions23 helpful votes
Bird's Eye View Lodge lives up to absolutely any hype you've read about the place. Every morning you wake up to stunning views across the river--you could truly spend all day just watching birds and other creatures flying and swimming up and down river and be entertained. The facilities are very clean, the staff are exceptionally friendly, the meals are hearty and tasty, and the internet is fast and reliable (I was able to regularly take Zoom work calls without issue). As a birder, there's so many places to explore--touring on the river is a must, but just walking around the lodge and nearby farm can net you dozens of species. The nearby pine savanna ecosystem is also absolutely necessary to visit. At $60 for a single room (during low season), this genuinely has to be one of the highest-value places I've ever stayed.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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kent m wrote a review Aug 2023
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Really helpful staff deeply connected to their historic town with the premium property of the area. Premium spot for bird watching and the lodge has a number of great guides. Lenny is fantastic on the boat tours and also took us to the Pine/Oak Savanna nearby. Our boat trip produced Jabiru, Boat-billed and Agami Herons, Ruddy Crake, Crane Hawk, White-necked Puffbird, Morelet's Crocodile and much, much more. The food was fantastic, fresh, and local. The A/C in the rooms were a welcome plus. We used the lodge's canoes and bikes to explore the area. The consistent strong afternoon breezes across the lagoon made the hammocks delightful at the water's edge. We loved our 4 days here.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Virginia S wrote a review May 2023
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We didn't know we could have stayed here, otherwise I would DEFINITELY have booked a few nights here. Our birding guide (found through Belize Audubon Society) brought us here for a delicious brunch and a special visit! The owner and cook were lovely and we were SO SAD we hadn't researched more to stay here. The birding is over the top amazing (even for an amateur birder/photographer) and I could have sat on the deck or wandered on the grounds from morning to night. Crooked Tree is an incredibly amazing, special place and this lodge puts you right at its' heart.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Peter W wrote a review Mar 2023
Woking225 contributions107 helpful votes
This is a very pleasant lodge on the edge of a lagoon. We were fortunate enough to be allocated a room on the upper terrace level which overlooked the lagoon and provided beautiful views of sunrise. Food was carefully prepared and incorporated Belizean flavours. For birdwatchers, the early morning boat trip is a must (we were on a group tour, so I am not sure whether that is included for everyone or has to be arranged as an extra). We saw literally hundreds of herons, egrets, kingfishers and other birds that live or hunt near water.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Nearby attractions include Good News Garden Tour (0.8 km).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
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Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Yes, Bird's Eye View Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Bird's Eye View Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Lamanai Archaeological Reserve (13.0 km).
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Yes, guests often enjoy the lagoon view available here.