The manatee’s home
Guerrero Lagoon is surrounded by an exotic display of tropical plants, orchids and palm trees, one can swim in its turquoise waters and relax in different restaurants with grass huts (palapas) while enjoying a delicious plate of ceviche or whichever house special they may have.
Daniel, the manatee
One of the largest promoters of tourist activity in Guerrero Lagoon can be found in the Center for Attention and Rehabilitation for Aquatic Mammals; his name is Daniel and he is a great example of an adult Manatee in semi captivity. Daniel was found as a newborn ( he still had the umbilical chord attached) on the 14 of September in 2003, on the shores of Guerrero Lagoon. From that moment on specialists have taken over his care, and thus he is used to the presence of people. You can find many manatees in Belize, Rio Hondo River and Chetumals Bay, where they search for food.
Open from: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am. – 5 p.m.
The Manatee Sanctuary has a dock, an elevated gazebo and areas designed specially for Daniels care and the care of others that may arrive. Although the sanctuary is almost exclusively designed for the study and conservation od aquatic mammals, they open their doors to the public in the attempt to educate and create an environmental consciousness. They focus on school groups and thesis writers and do special activities on the International Manatee Day ( September 7th).
How to arrive
By car: Starting from downtown Chetumal, Heroes Ave will take you to the exit leading to the lagoon, just take this avenue toward “Calderitas”. Once you reach the turnabout with “el saxofon” sculpture that is the entrance to the town of Calderitas, take the second exit ( it is the one after Campeche Ave) and follow it for 7 kilometers. At the second turnabout take the second exit once more and follow that road for about 18 km until you reach your destination.
Public transportation: Public transportation only has one departure daily which makes it difficult to take advantage of a day at the lagoon especially if you wish to visit Daniel the Manatee. Our suggestion would be to take a TAXI or rent a vehicle.