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.

From Sambo Creek, you can arrange for a snorkel trip to Cayos Cochinos. Photo © butforthesky.com, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Sambo Creek near Corozal, Honduras

A few kilometers east of Corozal, and more appealing, is Sambo Creek, another Garífuna village at the mouth of a small river. Day trips to the Cayos Cochinos can be arranged through boatmen here.