Orange Walk District
Orange Walk is one of the more spread out and thinly populated districts in Belize – most travelers are passing through on the Philip Goldson Hwy or heading to the main town of Orange Walk. Outside of this population center, most of the communities and attractions west of the highway are connected by a network of (mostly) unpaved roads linking farming communities.
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.
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.
One of the biggest and best excavated Maya sites in northern Belize, Lamanai lies 24 miles south of Orange Walk Town up the New River (or 36 miles by road). The ruins are known both for their impressive architecture and marvelous setting, surrounded by dense rainforest overlooking the New River Lagoon.
About 7 miles north of Corozal, Consejo is a sweet small fishing village set on Chetumal Bay, offering little more than a pristine stretch of beach and lovely sunrise views. Bring a book and your binoculars and you might be content to stay here for quite a while. There aren't many amenities for tourists in Consejo.
Río Bravo Conservation & Management Area
If you're looking for true, wild tropical rainforest, this is it. Encompassing 406 sq miles in northwest Belize, the Río Bravo Conservation & Management Area (RBCMA) takes up 4% of Belize's total land area and is managed by the Belizean nonprofit organization Programme for Belize (PFB).
Cerro Maya & Copper Bank
The small fishing village of Copper Bank (called San Fernando on some maps) is set on the shores of a brackish lagoon known as Laguna Seca (which is anything but dry). The village is a tiny place with a lazy, hazy tropical charm but there's not much here to attract travelers other than as a wayside stop on the way to Cerro Maya or Sarteneja.
Located on the eastern shore of Progresso Lagoon, Little Belize is an Old Order Mennonite community of approximately 2000 residents. Among the more traditional Mennonite groups, these folks look as though they've come straight from the prairie, driving around in horse-drawn carriages, with men wearing broad-brimmed hats and overalls and women in long dresses and bonnets.