Shipstern Nature Reserve is located 3 miles south of Sarteneja, a small fishing village in the Corozal District. After Hurricane Janet in1955 devastated much of the Sarteneja Peninsula, the areas vegetation quickly generated. The area became one of Belize's richest and ecologically diverse tropical rain forests. The reserve covers 22,000 acres uf unspoiled, waterlogged jungle, savannah, and mangrove swamp.