The SpaceYou will have your own room in our private garden home located on over an acre of fenced property full of coconut trees, mango trees, cashew trees, citrus, berries and various fruit & vegetable producing plants, flowers, herbs & birds. Hot & cold running water, modern bathroom, beautiful local mahogany woodwork, ceiling fan & unlimited fresh clean air. Queen size mahogany bed with fresh crisp sheets awaits you after a day of exploring our yard or the village of Crooked Tree. Guest AccessYou will have a private room with queen bed. Bathroom. Common spaces & a beautiful yard full of many tropical plants, flowers and trees. We have over seven huge mango trees over 100 years old in our yard and several cashew trees. Meals can be provided by request from your local host, Yvette, Mike's mom!!!! Who do you think taught him how to be so hospitable (reviews don't lie.) Take this opportunity to relax and experience some Village Life. Our guest at #mikegillettsladeralounge have been so wonderful to host that it only makes sense that we continue the hospitality & host you in our favorite international spot, Crooked Tree Village, Belize!!! Interaction with GuestsThis listing is hosted by Miss Yvette, My Mom!!!! The one who taught me how to host! She is there to assist you in any way possible. She is a hospitality pro & very hip to local trends and traditions in the village & outlaying areas. She's also a great cook . Meals can be provided from her menu if requested in advance. Transportation can also be provided from Philip Goldson international airport, Belize city or Orange Walk town. The NeighborhoodFounded in the early 18th century, Crooked Tree – 33 miles from Belize City – may be the oldest non-indigenous village in Belize. The story goes that the village got its name from early logwood cutters who boated up Belize River and Black Creek to a giant lagoon marked by a tree that seemingly grew in every direction. These 'crooked trees' (logwood trees, in fact) still grow in abundance around the lagoon. Until the 3.5-mile causeway from the highway was built in 1984, the only way to get here was by boat, so it's no wonder life still maintains the slow rhythm of bygone centuries.
Crooked Tree village is the gateway to the eponymous wildlife sanctuary, quite possibly one of the best birding areas in Belize. It is well worth a visit for anyone who loves nature or anyone who enjoys a peaceful rural community with an interesting history and a beautiful setting. It's best to stay the night so you can be here at dawn, when the birds are most active. Don't forget your binoculars!
The obvious reference point in the village is the 'Welcome to Crooked Tree' sign, at a junction 300yd past the CTWS Visitors Center as you enter the village from the causeway make a left at the sign. Getting AroundPrivate Transportation can be provided to & from the airport or Belize city by request. There are a few buses that leave the village in the morning and return in the evening (1 returns midday.) the village is easy to explore by foot or make arrangements with your host to meet a trusted local tour guide for activities or excursions. Altun Ha and Lamanai are 2 Mayan archeological sites in closest proximity Crooked Tree. Other Things to NoteThere are no banks in Crooked Tree Village so make sure to stop and grab some Monopoly money for fun, the exchange rate is $1US dollar = 2BZ dollars. U.S. Dollars are excepted or can be exchanged. If you're a first timer ask your host & all will be well. Cheers!!!