Located 6 miles by sea or 13 miles by land from Cerros Sands
Corozal Town is located on The Chetumal Bay of the Caribbean Sea, 50km (31 miles) N of Orange Walk Town; 13km (8 miles) S of the Mexican border
Corozal is a sleepy seaside town, located just south of the Río Hondo (Hondo River), which forms the border between Mexico and Belize. Set on a crystal-clear bay, Corozal was an important center on the early Mayan trading routes, and the evidence remains in the ruins of Cerros and Santa Rita, and the old English Fort Barley. During the mid-1800s the modern town was settled with a large population of refugees from Mexico’s Caste War.
Today, Corozal is home to a growing expatriate communities, along the seaside in the Cerros, Copper Bank, Chunox and Consejo areas. While not part of the traditional tourist circuit, Corozal Town makes a good base for fishing excursions in the calm bay; bird- and wildlife-viewing tours into nearby Shipstern Nature Reserve; shopping trips to neighboring Chetumal, Mexico; and explorations of the aforementioned Mayan ruins.
Arriving into the country by road through Mexico gives the first-time visitor as first taste of Belize – the northernmost district of Corozal. The district capital is Corozal Town. Traditionally the heart of the country’s sugar growing and processing industry, Corozal today is more well-known for its Free Zone at the border crossing with Mexico, sprawling housing development favored by expats and low cost of living.
Corozal Town is a convenient base for day trips to Chetumal, the capital of Mexico’s southern state of Quintana Roo which is nine miles away, or for excursions to the Maya ruins and beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula. San Pedro Ambergris Caye, the most popular destination for scuba divers and snorkelers, is only 15 minutes by air from the Corozal airstrip. It is 90 miles from Belize City to Corozal by road and buses run daily. Corozal is located between two scenic rivers, the New River in the Orange Walk District and the Rio Hondo that forms a natural boundary with Mexico. The district has its fair share of Maya ruins, boating, nature trails, swimming and fly fishing attractions. All you have to do is look across the bay to see the Mayan Temple at Cerros.
Corozal Town proper is definitely go slow and easy going. Eclipsed by the bustling neighbor of Chetumal City, Corozal has devolved into a sedentary town that is well maintained and well laid out
Ambling its quiet streets you will find three banks, a credit union, a library, a museum, numerous churches and primary schools, a new gas station, more Chinese stores than you could count, shops and a open air produce market. All this within minutes walking distance from each other. This is also a High School and Corozal Community College.
Most of the activity takes place downtown around the Central Park on weekdays when folks come into town to do banking or buy essentials.Art in the Park festivals are held once a month and are very well attended.
Central Park, as well as the seafront in Corozal Town is a family gathering spot on Saturdays and Sundays.
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.” Check out our Top Ten Reasons To Live or Retire in Belize page.
Restaurants in Corozal Town:
- Al’s Café – You pick it!
- Cactus Plaza – A Touch of Mexico
- Corozo Blues – Fancy & Different
- Jam Rock – The Specials
- Jo-Mel-In – Belize It
- June’s Kitchen – Omelets
- Patty’s Bistro – Shrimp Scampi
- Primos – You pick it!
- Sea Breeze – Breakfast Stop
- Tony’s Inn – Chicken Fajitas
Lodging in Corozal Town
- El Mirador — Near Town Center
- Las Palmas — Clean and Reasonably Priced
- Tony’s Inn — Nice & on the Sea
ATM Machines in Corozal Town
- Belize Bank
- Atlantic Bank
- Scotia Bank