The beautiful and endangered West Indian manatee at a sanctuary in Florida.

Manatee-Watching in Fort Myers

Spend a little time on the Orange and Caloosahatchee Rivers, and chances are you’ll see a West Indian manatee. Here’s where to go to learn more about manatees and hopefully spot one of these wonderful creatures.

A photo taken from above of a green sea turtle swimming in shallow water filled with rocks.

Three Volunteer Opportunities in Todos Santos

Those traveling with some extra time and/or the desire to integrate themselves into the Todos Santos community might consider volunteering with one of the well-organized nonprofits in the area. Here are three great options if you’re looking to volunteer.

At the edge of the lagoon, a stork runs with its wings prepared to take flight.

Belize’s Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

A 33-mile drive from Belize City, or a little over an hour by bus, the island village and wildlife sanctuary of Crooked Tree are primary destinations for serious bird-watchers. Lily Girma provides an overview of Crooked Tree, including information on hiking, lagoons, and the annual cashew festival.

Carriage horses in harnesses and blinders drink from tubs as they await riders.

Take a Guided Tour of Savannah, Georgia

Savannah’s tourist boom has resulted in a similar explosion of more than 50 separate tour services, ranging from guided trolley journeys to carriage rides to ecotourism adventures. Author Jim Morekis lists the most notable offerings to choose from when planning your trip.

A woman stands with her young son on the porch of a simple house painted a lively teal.

Coming Full-Circle: How Volunteer Vacations Impacted My Life

Good volunteer vacations give travelers the opportunity to insert themselves into the local reality and meet locals on their own terms. Moon author Amy E. Robertson shares her own personal experiences with volunteer vacations, from building homes in Honduras to monitoring political elections in Ecuador to volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in the United States.

A jaguar rests on the ground in its enclosure at the Belize Zoo.

Volunteer Opportunities in Belize

From conservation efforts to community outreach to opportunities to work with women and children, there are many opportunities for volunteering in Belize. Victoria Day-Wilson shares a sampling of a few well-known organizations.