The 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.
Reserve, only 4 miles from
Sarteneja, 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
Pyramids and ball court - there is a
pyramid and courtyard complex 1 km south of Sartenaja that has been cleared but not
archeologically explored. In the adjacent area there is evidence of the
surrounding buildings and several Maya wells.
B'alam Ja Way
(Jaguar Water Spirit) - B'alam Ja
Way is the home of "Sustainability for Sarteneja" and 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. 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.