The Northern Gateway to Belize - Corozal/Orange Walk to Sarteneja to San Pedro.

The Northern Gateway

A popular way to travel to Belize to save on airfare is to fly to Cancun. Travellers can then travel by bus from Cancun to Belize City.

There is a dedicated ADO bus service between Cancun Airport and Belize City leaving at 10 PM, and regular busses during the day from the Corozal Bus Terminal. With either bus service tourists may stop of at various towns and Maya tourist destinations along the highway, and continue their journey on a later bus.

Visiting Belize from Mexico the first large town you pass through is Corozal. Visitors can stay in Corozal a night, then get the water taxi at 7 AM the next morning to be at Sarteneja by 7.30 AM.

Alternatively, Sarteneja can be reached by car from Corozal, or by bus from Orange Walk situated one hour from Corozal toward Belize City.

An alternate bus route is to catch the bus that leaves once a day from Corozal at 11 AM to Chinux, a village between Orange Walk and Sarteneja, from where visitors can catch another bus through to Sarteneja - however the wait between busses in about an hour. 

You can return on the water taxi from San Pedro at 3 PM, which passes Sarteneja about 4.30 PM, and arrives in Corozal at 5 PM.

Between Corozal and San Pedro you can be dropped off by the water taxi and spend a few days in Sarteneja. A great way to relax, experience Sarteneja, and acclimate to the tropics, then to travel to the island destinations of San Pedro on Ambergris Cay or nearby Caulker's Cay. From the keys it is less than one hours water travel to Belize City.

Sartenejan Tourism

Sarteneja, with a population of 1600, is one of the safest communities in the Caribbean and supports 12 different churches.

The fishermen of Sarteneja work from yachts, that although based at Sarteneja, deliver their catch to a cooperative at Belize City. The fishermen dive for conchs and lobster from canoes.

Sarteneja is the only mainland location in Belize where the sunset can be viewed over water. 

 Sarteneja sunset 1  Sarteneja sunset 4
 Sarteneja sunset 3  Sarteneja sunset 2


Sunsets at Sarteneja. For wallpaper size click on image. Top right and lower left images by Robert Browne. Upper left and lower right images by Nicola Davies.

Cultural Heritage - pre-Maya History and Maya history and culture until the present.

Sarteneja village was rebuilt after being destroyed by a hurricane in 1955. The small limestone block houses built immediately after the hurricane are an architectural feature of Sarteneja. As well there are traditional Maya and international style houses.

Sarteneja is surrounded by Maya sites as Sarteneja was a Maya Port. Although not as massive as some Maya architecture in other cities, the sites around Sarteneja have a lot to tell about everyday Maya culture in a busy trading port.

A feature of Sarteneja are the Maya wells dug through the flint like limestone rock. Other Maya sites include a plaza, and large lime earth mounds scattered with pottery.  

Shipstern Nature Reserve

Sarteneja still has substantial forests among farmland and is close to Shipstern Nature Reserve about 10 km away. Shipstern Nature Reserve has many beautiful walking trails through the unique semi-deciduous rainforest, Semi-deciduous rainforest is only found in the Sartenejan region and the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.