What makes Belize such an exceptional place for birding?
Island Birding in Caye Caulker, Belize
Caye Caulker is a small island off the coast of Belize, and it’s divided by the Split, which is a narrow channel separating the two masses of land. To the south is the island’s only settlement, known as Caye Caulker Village.
Caye Caulker has a lot to offer to visitors. The surrounding clear, pristine waters and fascinating coral reef attracts visitors from around the world. However, not all the Caye’s treasures are in the water. The south end of the island is home to a dense mangrove forest and diverse birdlife. Although the island is small, there are over 100 species of resident and migratory birds on the island.
With this said, it’s safe to say Caye Caulker is a bird watchers paradise. The mangroves and the littoral forests of the southern end of the island is a great area to go bird watching. We have a self-guided trail through the Caye Caulker Mini Reserve that is along the beach at the southern end of town. You can learn not only about birds there but also about the many native trees and plants.
There are multiple tour operators that offer daily bird watching tours here in Caye Caulker.
These tours usually start from very early morning with slow-paced walks through the forest area at the southern end of the island. During these walks, you can observe the different species of resident and migratory birds which includes warblers, waders, and shorebirds among many others.
Or you can also head to the north of the island and visit the Caye Caulker Forest Reserve with three types of mangroves: white, black, and red. These are natural habitats to turtles and fish and also water birds. So, on a tour of this kind, you’ll be able to witness the spectacular White Herons, Pelicans, Ospreys, Hawks, Falcons, and Frigates. You also can spot The Great Blue Heron, Black Catbird, and the White-Crowned Pigeon, with the two latter listed as Near-Threatened species. Experience this magnificent bird watching on either a boat or kayak.
Where to stay in Caye Caulker
You can enjoy bird watching can all-year-round! So, be sure to pack up your binoculars and head to Caye Caulker. If you haven’t found a place to lodge yet, Caye Caulker Plaza Hotel has the best accommodations options for you!
Where is Caye Caulker Plaza Hotel located?
Caye Caulker Plaza Hotel is in the heart of beautiful Caye Caulker. We welcome you to our friendly and authentic Belizean atmosphere. Caye Caulker Plaza Hotel provides all our guests with easy access to the beach, restaurants, and tour operators to make your vacation unforgettable.