Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Corozal Town

Old Customs House

Built in 1886, this fine old Spanish Colonial building once housed a bustling market and customs house. It was one of only 11 buildings spared by Hurricane Janet in 1955. Today the historic building houses a cultura…
Archaeological Site in Lamanai

Lamanai

Perhaps the most fascinating Maya site in northern Belize, Lamanai lies 24 miles south of Orange Walk Town up the New River (or 36 miles by unpaved road). The ruins are known both for their impressive architecture a…
Nature Reserve in Sarteneja

Shipstern Conservation Management Area

Run by a nonprofit organization, this large nature reserve, which protects 43 sq miles of semideciduous hardwood forests, wetlands and lagoons and coastal mangrove belts, has its headquarters 3.5 miles southwest of …
Ruins in Corozal Town

Santa Rita

Santa Rita was an ancient Maya coastal town that once occupied the same strategic trading position as present-day Corozal Town, namely the spot between two rivers – the Río Hondo (which now forms the Belize–Mexico b…
Ruins in Cerro Maya & Copper Bank

Cerro Maya

The ruin at Cerro Maya is the only Maya site in Belize that occupies beachfront property. It is composed of a series of temples built from about 50 BC. While the site is mostly a mass of grass-covered mounds, the ce…
Ruins in Orange Walk Town

Cuello

Close to Orange Walk Town, Cuello (kway-yo) is one of the earliest-known settled communities in the Maya world, probably dating back to around 2400 BC, although there's not much left to show for it. Archaeologists h…
Museum in Lamanai

Lamanai Museum

In the main administrative building where you pay your entrance fee, this small museum features artifacts unearthed throughout the Lamanai complex, including the original Stele 9 – the most detailed of three main ca…
Notable Building in Corozal Town

Town Hall

A colorful and graphic mural by Belizean-Mexican artist Manual Villamor Reyes enlivens the lobby of the town hall. The mural depicts episodes from Corozal history, including the War of the Castes, with the talking c…
Museum in Corozal Town

Corozal Museum

Called 'A Window to the Past,' the exhibit at this little museum focuses on the experience of the East Indian population, who arrived around 1838 as indentured servants working on the sugar plantations, but also fea…
Museum in Orange Walk Town

Banquitas House of Culture

The modern Banquitas House of Culture has an attractively displayed exhibit on Orange Walk's history. It's especially good on the local Maya sites, and has artifacts, maps and illustrations, as well as exhibits that…