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Monkey River Town is the northernmost village in the Toledo District. This small, sleepy Creole village of 200 people, sits on the southern bank of the mouth of the Monkey River. Born with the banana industry, Monkey River was promoted to a town in 1891. At that time, the population was about 2500 people, and the main source of income was the banana industry, logging, and export of rice. The demise of the banana industry forced the majority of the people inland in search of other jobs. The town was downsized to a village in 1981. In recent years, the village has come alive again. Each family has a boat, and most villagers make a living from fishing, lobster, hunting, or the tourist trade. The village is only accessible by boat from a landing across the river about 100 yards away. Boats normally pick up anyone who signals to them from the landing. The village is one of the last purely Creole settlements in Belize, and many traditional practices are still carried out, such as cooking over the "fyah haat" (fire hearth).
Monkey River is small and easy to get around. There are only two main streets. There are no cars, trucks, or bikes in town. The sandy, grassy paths are short and comfortable for walking throughout the entire village. The village is only accessible by boat from a landing across the river about 100 yards away. Boats normally pick up anyone who signals to them from the landing. Monkey River is small and easy to get around. There are only two main streets. There are no cars, trucks, or bikes in town. The sandy, grassy paths are short and comfortable for walking throughout the entire village.


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