The Belize Tourism Industry Association promoting Corozal, of which Mark Leonard is a board member in conjunction with the Belize Tourism Board is working to increase Tourism visits to Corozal.
A few years back Corozal Town was dealt a very serious setback with the Belize Ministry of Tourism without the input of The Belize Tourism Industry Association promoting Corozal allowed a Water Taxi Service to connect Chetumal, Mexico and San Pedro Town, Ambergris Cay. Corozal Town was previously the transit point with the water taxi leaving for San Pedro. Folks spending the day or evening were treated to a very relaxing time by the sea. Many visitors came back, settling in the Corozal District.
Approximately 2000 visitors a month were taken away from Corozal Town. Revenue to Hotels, Restaurant and Tours all fell dramatically. Real Estate in Corozal and Construction also suffered. Cerros Sands also saw a drop off in folks just looking around the area.
This quaint little seaside town is simply a great spot and once found by many visitors has become the meeting spot for socializing. Numerous restaurants very reasonable in price offer many options for dining. The city square is the gathering spot for special events. Several new bakeries have opened. Art in the Park is held monthly.
Corozal is the country’s fourth largest populated district, with 20,335 residents. and home to a growing community of North American and European retirees.
In 2010 the American Association of Retired Persons, the AARP, ranked Corozal a top retirement destination. The article describes Corozal: “The Corozal district, a few miles’ drive from the Mexican border, is far more affordable. Corozal expats live a laid-back life, with year-round outdoor play (boating, hiking, swimming, diving), but are still only minutes from the malls and cineplexes of Chetumal, the capital of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.”
We hope this helps revitalize the Tourism Industry in Corozal, as well as a boost in Real Estate and Construction.