Corozal Town one of the best kept secrets of Belize
is located nine miles from the Mexican border and Chetumal,Mexico. It has a population of approximately 9,000 people
It is situated by beautiful Corozal Bay located between two rivers, the New River and Rio Hondo.
The terrain is mostly swampy savanah but also contains highly developed agricultural areas. Its climate generally follows a pattern of tropical weather. Its rainfall is slighly lower than in the other districts.
Most of this agricultural development has been for the production of sugar cane. This product maintained the country's economy for many years after the demand for logwood fell in the early 1850's. Unfortunately, a fall in world demand for sugar in the 1970's resulted in a reccession for the farmers in this district who had converted even subsistence farms into sugar cane milpas.
We found Corozal to be a bit Caribbean in spirit and a charming, simple town with the locals being very nice.
When driving north from Orange Walk, Corozaleños know they are home as the bay comes into sight. In places, grass is a great, soft substitute for beaches, and you can spend the day just relaxing, swimming, and picnicing. There are usually many locals here during holidays, and many festivities are planned by the bay.
You can camp at the Carabian RV campground as we did.
Link to google map
If you are adventurous you can dry camp or boondock most any where in center of town along the beach. It should be safe and some have done it
Refugees fleeing from the civil war between Mestizos and Indians in Mexico built the town in 1849, naming it after the cohune palm, a symbol of fertility. Long before that however, this area was home to the Mayans, and their ruins can still be visited here.
Cerros, an ancient Mayan settlement, is located across the bay. A short boat ride gets you there. Recent developments provide a place for picnics and trails wind through the attractions. Cerros gives Corozal a history dating back to the pre-Classic era (350-BC to 250 AD). There is a rich history for Cerros, including an experiment in "kingship", where men were considered to be emissaries of the gods. If you like archaeology, it is definitely worth the trip.