is built along 2 miles of narrow peninsula, jutting into Belize's Southern Lagoon. Gales Point is located between Belize City and Dangriga, with a population of around
Manatee Lodge is located at the very end of the peninsula. This is a peaceful spot and the center of activity for many visitors to the area. The grassy grounds stretch out to the waters edge on three sides; a long dock is offered for swimming along with use of their Kayaks for their guests.
Nearby resides Emmet Young, a well known drummer and drum maker. Drumming lessons are popular with visitors.
Also making their homes in the Gales Point area are large numbers of
manatees and endangered hawksbill and loggerhead
by the residents to protect the manatee and develop conservation-oriented
tourism and today the lagoon is home to one of the region's
largest manatee populations. Also known as “sea cows” these gentle animals are
best viewed while floating along side in a boat or canoe. The area also provides important nesting beaches
for the Hawksbill turtle.
Two species of endangered
turtles, the hawksbill and loggerheads, arrive in large
numbers every year to nest on the beaches of Manatee Bar, located at
the mouth of the Manatee River. The latest estimates indicate that up to
12,000 hatchlings survive to populate the Caribbean from Gales
Village resident guides provide trips
to Manatee Lagoon,
Bird Caye, Ben Lomond Cave, as well as river canoe and hiking excursions. Other options include night crocodile spotting and lagoon fishing. The lagoon boasts a wide variety of fish, including tarpon.
Stay at Manatee Lodge
and enjoy fishing as part of a
Multi Sport Vacation Package
Drive the Coastal Highway (Manatee Road) from La Democracia,
mile 31 off the Western Highway, or you can get there from Dangriga, located 25 miles to
Many visitors arrive by boat from the Belize
City as part of coastal tour. Manatee Hole is home to
about 50 manatees.
Visit Belize as part of a duPlooy Travel
Belize Vacation Package