Just 9 miles south of Mexico and 29 miles north of Orange Walk Town, Corozal sits charmingly on the soapy-blue waters of Corozal Bay and has a vibe different from any other town in Belize, with its obvious Mexican influence. Most of the town's wealth comes from its position as a commercial and farming center, rather than from tourism. In fact, the town's fledgling tourism sector has been hit hard by the direct boat service between San Pedro and Chetumal, which has seen many travelers bypass Corozal altogether.
But Corozal remains a fine place to be a tourist as it escapes the holiday-ville atmosphere that haunts some other places in Belize. With ocean breezes, affordable hotels, fine food and easy access to the rest of the district, Corozal is worth a stop on the way to or from Mexico – if not a detour from your Belizean itinerary further south.