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Sarteneja

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Sarteneja

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Sarteneja is a small fishing town in northeastern Corozal district, Belize. Found on the Sarteneja Peninsula jutting out into the Caribbean Sea, this Spanish speaking town is actually the largest village in Belize. Known for its aquamarine blue waters and surrounding natural beauty, this far-flung town is a good place to get away from it all.

Get in[edit]

By Bus[edit]

Buses travelling to Sarteneja leaves Belize City and Orange Walk Town multiple times a day, but often don't leave from or stop by the bus terminal in town. The best place to catch the bus to Sarteneja is from the foot of the swing Bridge in down town Belize City and from the bus stop outside the Banquitas House of Culture on Main Street. Sarteneja Bus Line depart from the Swing Bridge (NOT the bus terminal) in Belize City from Monday to Friday at 10:30 am, 12:00 noon, 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm. On Saturdays, buses depart at 10:30 am, 12:00 noon, 4:00 pm. No bus on Sundays. Same bus passes through Orange Walk Town, stopping at Banquitas House of Culture Bus Stop. Departure time from Orange Walk is about one hour and a half after departure time from Belize City. Buses depart Sarteneja on Monday to Friday at 3:30 am, 4:30 am, 5:30 am, 6:30 am. It is better to check at the bus terminal the day before to confirm how many buses are leaving the next day. Cost of the passage from Sarteneja to Belize City is $15Bz one way and from Sarteneja to Orange Walk Town is $10Bz one way. Sarteneja Bus Line now travels from Sarteneja to Corozal Town, Monday to Saturday. Leaves Sarteneja at 5:00am arriving at the Corozal Bus Terminal at 7:00am. It leaves Corozal Bus terminal at 3:30pm arriving in Sarteneja at 5:30pm. The passage fare is $10Bz one way.

By Boat[edit]

Most visitors get to Sarteneja by boat from Corozal or San Pedro with Thunderbolt Water Taxi or Exodus Water Taxi. Both make stops in Sarteneja on its daily Corozal-San Pedro or San Pedro-Corozal Pedro runs. Thunderbolt departs Corozal Town at 7:00am, arriving in Sarteneja at approximately 8:30am, before heading on to San Pedro. In the evening Thunderbolt departs San Pedro at 3:00pm, stopping at Sarteneja at approximately 4:30pm. On the reverse, the Exodus Water taxi departs San Pedro at 7:00am, arriving in Sarteneja at approximately 8:30am before heading to Corozal Town. In the evening Exodus Water taxi departs Corozal Town at 3:30pm, stopping at Sarteneja at approximately 4:00pm, before heading to San Pedro. The Thunderbolt and Exodus Water Taxi runs every day of the year except Christmas Day and Good Friday. The passage fare from Corozal Town to Sarteneja is $25.00Bz, and from San Pedro to Sarteneja it is $45.00Bz.

Get around[edit]

Sarteneja is a small community and can easily be managed on foot, there are no taxi service. If you like biking around,you can rent one at Backpacker's Paradise or Brisi's Bike for a reasonable price.

See and Do[edit]

  • Shipstern Conservation & Management Area recently renamed Corozal Sustainable Future Initiative (CSFI,) has a huge protected area covering 21,500 acres of lowland seasonal forest in northeastern Belize. It has vast amounts of biodiversity (including a lot of mosquitos, bring repellent), It's located a few miles away from Sarteneja. All buses going to and from Sarteneja pass by the entrance to Shipstern Visitor's Center. An easy way to visit is to take the 6:30am bus to Orange Walk and get off at the nature reserve then wave down a passing afternoon bus back to Sarteneja. You could also rent a bike in the village and ride your way to the center. Entrance is $15B.
  • Sarteneja’s location is ideal for fishing, kayaking or sailing. You can rent kayaks from the office of the Sarteneja Tour Guide Association (STGA) on Front Street for $10Bz per hour, or ask about its Manatee Day tour to go manatee spotting.
  • The beach on the long, pretty coastline offers swimming and relaxing. The farther east you go, the prettier and more isolated the swimming areas gets. Rent a bicycle, if your guest house doesn’t provide one.
  • Other options includes exploring the Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve on the northern tip of Ambergris Caye, or fishing along Corozal Bay. More information visit the Sarteneja Tour Guide Association on Front Street or Green Horizon Tours.
  • Other tours and activities include the ever popular Bird Watching, touring the two Mayan Ruins and "las cuevas" a cave system in the village.

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are a few art shops scattered here and there throughout town.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Ritchie's - On Front Street right by the main dock.
  • Palpito's - Serves Lionfish dishes and "Pork in Cocal Cola". Can do rice and beans on request for all you veggies out there.
  • Backpacker's Paradise - Serves breakfast with organic local coffee. If you're in a pickle, Nathalie can cook you a delicious dinner. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Drink at the restaurants or the few bars scattered around town.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Backpacker's Paradise. Located a 5 to 10 minutes walk in town and in the jungle, this is your go to for cheap digs in Sarteneja. Quiet and peaceful, that is if Bush Dog isn't chasing around birds and other creatures. Breakfast available. $32B for a single person in a tiny hut.  edit
  • Oasis Guest House. A nice option on Verde Street in town.  edit
  • Fernando's Seaside Guest House. Another higher end option in town. Located on N Front Street  edit

Get out[edit]

There are multiple buses to Orange Walk daily starting at 6:30am. You can wave them down on the single road of out town. The Thunderbolt passenger boat service from Corozal to San Pedro will stop in Sarteneja on request, call 610-4475 to request a stop. $50B to San Pedro.