by Lissa Poirot
This unique jungle resort is an eco-resort with individual cabins beneath a monkey canopy. Choose from family cabins to river cabins to tree-house cabins that can sleep up to four. The resort’s swimming pool is filled with cool water from the neighboring river, and meals are hosted in a communal dining room, providing a more camp-style getaway. The big draw is touring the local area and its adventures, and Howler Monkey Lodge provides packages that include all families need to get out and explore Belize.
Our Editor Loves
- Individual cabins in the jungle
- A river-filled swimming pool
- Belize adventure packages
- Onsite Dining
We had a wonderful experience at Howler Monkey Resort. We booked the package with a tour to Lamanai and a a day of cave tubing followed by the zoo. Then I added a snorkelling trip custom tour ending at Caye Caulker, our next destination.
We were picked up at the Main Wharf in the city in a timely fashion- actually they were quite early. Yusuf was very helpful and entertained us by tellibng us lots of facts about Belize during our drive home. He was also our guide on the two day tours.
The cave tubing was fantastic and it was really nice that we were just two of us with Yusuf. It meant we could experience peace and really enjoy the caves. Going on a regular tour would not have been the same. It was also very safe. Yusuf found us a good place for lunch before a short zoo visit, which was fun. I loved the tapirs, you can pat them!
The trip to Lamanai was very good, but the drive is quite long. Yusuf drove us and then we transferred to a group tour- boat trip and then Lamanai.
The snorkelling day was really great. Good food served in the ocean! Very good snorkelling and a comfortable boat with a good ladder for getting in and out. The whole Howler Monkey resort family came along, which made it fun and sociable.
I wish we had reserved one more day, so we would have had time to explore the resort area more and maybe do kayaking or something like that. We were pretty busy and the days were quite long. So consider adding a free day if you go.
The cabin we had was the last one with the screened in porch. Cabin was comfortable and cool and the river view was lovely. I was very happy with the accommodation and the food was very nice too. Great service, food, and a clean place.
Only problem with the cabin is the door to the porch. It was very funky and kept sticking, and also, the lock was so high up that I would never have been able to go out there if I didn't have a tall husband. I am 5'2". The catch is above the door. So that kind of needs a bit of work- but that is a tiny detail. It was a great place.
It was peaceful and pretty in the grounds at the cabin area. There were mosquitoes when we walked on the local trail- I guess we made a mistake doing this in the late afternoon. Do it earlier!
We enjoyed the pool and it was quite clean- just a little dust on the top. No problem at all. I don't know what people are worried about. It was great after a long day out.
Saw the monkeys the last morning very close up. They were eating mangoes right next to the main building.
We enjoyed our stay from start to finish. We were greeted by a troop of howler monkey as we pulled in, the hosts were friendly and hospitable, the grounds well-kept and the home-cooking was wonderful. But there is definitely a roughing-it quality to the resort. Wifi access was spotty and the pool was in disrepair. But we could sit on the patio watching the blue river as the bamboo creaked in the wind for hours. The location was excellent for those who wish to go off-the-grid and explore in-land.