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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 from Orange Walk go to Sarteneja multiple times a day, but often don't leave from or stop by the bus station in town. The best place to catch the bus to Sarteneja is from the bus stop outside the Banquitas House of Culture on Main Street right by the turn off that goes over the New River and onwards towards Sarteneja. Looks for the bright blue bus with "Sartneja" painted on the front. Cost is $10B.

By Boat[edit]

The Thunderbolt passenger boat service that runs from Corozal to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye and back will make stops to Sarteneja on request. Call ahead of time, 610-4475.

Get around[edit]

Sarteneja is small and can be easily managed on foot. Otherwise some places around town including Backpacker's Paradise rent out bicycles.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Shipstern Conservation & Management Area - A huge protected area that 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 and 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. Entrance is $15B.

Do[edit][add listing]

Grand Slam fishing near Sarteneja
Sarteneja has a variety of things to which includes Fly Fishing; it is the best Belize has to offer. Bonefish, Permits and Tarpon are abundant in the Corozal Bay and the Flats around Ambergris Caye. Our Guides at Green Horizon Flats Fishing know the secret place for the big ones, you know. Spin Casting, Deep Sea Fishing, Bottom Fishing and Trolling. Other tours and activities include Manatee Watching, the ever popular Island Hopping and touring the two Mayan Ruins in the area.
  • Check out the weird abandoned resorts to the east of town. Ignore the "beware of dog" signs.
  • Despite there not really being a beach in town, you can find some if you make your way east of town, winding your way along the coastal road through the sprawling (by Sarteneja standards) outlying neighborhoods and forever for sale properties.

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.