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Getting to Northern Belize

The Philip Goldson Hwy links Belize City with the Mexican border via the region's two main towns, Orange Walk Town and Corozal Town. Several bus companies service the route, with some going as far as Chetumal, 7 miles into Mexico. Approximately 30 daily buses run each way from Belize City to Corozal Town and beyond. There are also daily buses connecting Orange Walk Town with Sarteneja (though the nicest way to get to Sarteneja is by boat from Corozal Town). There is a regular boat service that connects Corozal Town and Sarteneja with San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. Both Corozal Town and Orange Walk Town also have direct air links to San Pedro.

Health and safety


  • Comprehensive travel insurance to cover theft, loss and medical problems is highly recommended.
  • Some policies specifically exclude dangerous activities such as scuba diving, motorcycling, skiing and even trekking: read the fine print.
  • Check that the policy covers ambulances or an emergency flight home.
  • Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
  • If you have to claim later, make sure you keep all documentation.
  • Paying for your airline ticket with a credit card often provides limited travel accident insurance – ask your credit card company what it is prepared to cover.
  • Worldwide travel insurance is available at www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-insurance. You can buy, extend and claim online anytime – even if you’re already on the road.
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