A tranquil and charming village, Burrell Boom occupies a quiet bank of the Belize River, just 19 miles north of Belize City and 3 miles west of the Philip Goldson Hwy. Founded in the 18th century, the village takes its name from the iron chains ('booms') that loggers extended across the river to trap the mahogany logs that were sent from further upriver. You can still see the boom and anchors on display in Burrell Boom Park in the village center.
Burrell Boom is a quick trip from the Community Baboon Sanctuary, but otherwise there are no big tourist draws in the immediate vicinity. Rather, the village's attraction is the exquisite natural setting, ideal for canoeing, birding and croc-spotting. Locals take advantage of the lush fruit trees and distill a huge variety of fruit wines, especially sweet berry and cashew wines.