If you came to Belize in search of sparkling blue waters, delicious fresh seafood, fauna-rich forests and affordable prices, look no further than Sarteneja (sar-ten-eh-ha). The tiny fishing and shipbuilding village, located near the northeastern tip of the Belizean mainland, is a charming base from which to explore both the nautical and jungle treasures of the region.
The village spreads just a few blocks back from its long, grassy seafront. It's a delicious place to chill out for a few days. From this lovely seaside setting, visitors can also head out to the Shipstern Conservation & Management Area and take birding, fishing and wildlife-watching trips all along the fabulous coast of Northern Belize, including to Bacalar Chico National Park & Marine Reserve, on the northern tip of Ambergris Caye.