village has numerous features of interest including the foreshore and piers, restaurants and
food shops, beautifully decorated churches, seafront bars, and gift shops.
There are are several bike routes around Sarteneja
from a half mile to 9 miles.
Only 4 miles from Sarteneja, Shipstern
Nature Reserve is the flagship of biodiversity conservation in the Sartenejan
Region. Shipstern Nature
Reserve is world renowned for conserving one of the last areas
of the most threatened forest type in Central America; semi-deciduous tropical
rainforest. Shipstern Nature Reserve covers an area of more than 11’000 hectares (ca. 27’000 acres) and
is home to all five cat species
found in Belize, Baird’s tapir, toucans, and almost 300 species of birds.
Accomodation is available at Shipstern.
plaza - there is a plaza complex 1 km south of Sarteneja, with mounds up to 30 feet
in height. In the adjacent area there is evidence of the surrounding settlement and several Maya
wells. There are also at least three other plazas and many large Maya
Balam Ja Way (Jaguar Water
Balam Ja Way, on Rancho Road, is the home of "Sustainability
for Sarteneja". B'alam Ja Way is centered in a Maya village complex surrounding a cenote. Features
are a large Maya mound of pottery and sand dug from the cenote and , the ruins of the village
surrounding the cenote, and Maya caves. The sustainability center itself features an energy and
materials efficient house, a range of local crops, and is a Mecca for local wildlife, particularly
butterflies and humming and other birds.
Tilapia Farm, large Cenote, and
permaculture project, on Rancho Road, is developing sustainable aquaculture and horticulture