Birders are intrepid. Their willingness to slog through mud, trek through the jungle and metaphorically go out on limbs to glimpse rarities knows no bounds. If that describes you, you’ve got to visit Belize in 2020.
When a prestigious publication like “Forbes” profiles top birding destinations throughout the globe that appeal to bird nerds, being called one of the most “(vastly underrated) Central American” avian hubs in the hemisphere delivers a compliment to the nation of Belize that deserves to be shouted from rooftops.
After all, Central America is Mecca to folks roaming the planet with little more than an avian guide, binoculars and a journal used to record sightings. Spotting birds around the Caribbean has become a huge hobby for many because it’s so close to home. You can get to Belize so fast from the U.S., you could beat a few birds there!
Whether you’re a veteran or neophyte, take “Forbes” magazine contributor Katherine Parker-Magyar’s advice to see why Belize earned her praise, but don’t just grab a plane and head south. Book accommodations at Belizean Dreams Resort where you luxuriate in plush accommodations and dine on gourmet meals when you’re not on birding tours, each of which is guaranteed to thrill and delight you.
The Sittee River Bird Watching Tour
Arise before daybreak to get to the Sittee River for your day of guided bird watching. This area is a paradise where hundreds of bird species hang out. The site you visit is on the Caribbean coast and tucked into a mountainous rainforest, perfect places for birds to nest and hide. Armed with field glasses, a little patience, and your journal, you are in for a treat. Thanks to your knowledgeable guide, safe transportation to and from the river and a lunch to sustain you, you’ll collect memories that won’t fly away.
Macaw Birding Tour
It’s another early wakeup call for enthusiasts eager to take the Macaw Birding Tour that departs from Belizean Dreams and takes you down the Southern Highway to the Maya Village of Red Bank. Your hike to spot birds includes jungle trails, and don’t be surprised if you hear the objective of your trip, Scarlet Macaws, before you see them. Your trip includes watching birds feast on vegetation in nearby trees and the experience includes lunch, transport and a chance to swim in the river if you wish.
These two Belizean Dreams tours are just a taste of what you can expect in Belize where experts have spotted as many as 618 species. Since only 20-percent of them use Belize as their layover while migrating, the remainder of them stick around year-round, so you can visit when it’s convenient and not miss a thing. Start your journey by printing out this page so you can check off the ones you spot during your stay at Belizean Dreams.