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

The Northern Gateway

A popular way to travel to Belize is to fly to Cancun. Travellers can then travel by bus through Chetamal, on the Mexican/Belizean border, and then through the northern gateway to Belize.

There is a special bus service to between Cancun Airport and Chetamal leaving at 10 PM, and regular busses during the day from the Corozal bus terminal. Tourists may stop of at various towns and Maya tourist destinations along the highway, and continue ther journey on a later bus.

Visiting Belize from Mexico the first large town you pass through is Corozal. Once in Corozal you can travel by water taxi to Sarteneja and then to San Pedro on Ambergris Key. 

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 wind down, relax, and acclimate to the tropics. You will arrive fresh and relaxed if you visit San Pedro on Ambergis Caye. You could then visit the nearby Caulker's Caye, then travel onto Belize City.

After arriving late from Mexico, 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. Or Sarteneja can be reached by car from Corozal, or bus from Orange Walk, then the water taxi taken from Sarteneja to San Pedro.

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

Sartenejan Tourism

Sartenaja, with a population of 1600, is one of the safest communities in the Carribean. Sarteneja 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 and have a very low greenhouse footprint.

Sarteneja is the only mainland location 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. Bluish images by Robert Browne, and the pikish ones by Nicola Davies.

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.

Maya Sites

Sarteneja is surrounded by Maya sites as Sarteneja was a Mayan Port. Although not as massive as some Maya architecture in the bigger 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 somehow dug through the flintlike limestone rock. Other Mayan 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. 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 Yutacan Penninsula, Mexico.