Difference between revisions of "Orange Walk Town"
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Orange Walk town is the capital of the Orange Walk district in Northern Belize.
Orange Walk Town is a little over an hour from the airport in Belize city, up the Northern Highway. The Highways is also known as the Belize-Corozal road, and runs right through the center of town. There is a toll booth on the approach to the Town from Belize City. (or simply Belize, as the locals put it.) The road is generally in good condition, although like anywhere in Northern Belize, one must be careful in the wet season. Also, during the sugar cane season, there will be many large cane trucks. Watch out for those.
Walking is the best way to get around the downtown area. The market area between the Corozal road and Main Street gets going early in the morning. There are many small to medium shops and restaurants. Do not miss the carts selling breakfast tacos. Walking anywhere in the town is fairy safe, especially in groups, and the people are friendly and will be happy to chat.
The best attraction in the area is Lamanai, the Mayan ruins up the river. You can catch a boat or bus tour from Orange Walk. The boat will be easier on your kidneys, as the road is quite rough.
Corozal is a short drive to the north with it's beautiful bay, and Chetumal, Mexico just past that. Progresso lagoon is also a great place to visit.
There will be many street vendors selling tacos and the like in the morning. Try them. While you are in Belize, be sure to have some salbutes - fried corncakes, tomatoes, chicken - availible at a couple of places along main street. There are a lot of Chinese restaurants in Belize, and they are usually pretty good, especially the bigger ones.
Of course, the staple of Belizean cuisine is chicken - barbequed chicken, rice and beans, flour tortillas and potato salad.
The St. Christopher Hotel on Main Street (Near the Banquitas House of Culture) is clean and reasonable. All rooms have air conditioning, and it is a five minute walk from the center of town.
Drive through the surrounding countryside. Be sure to visit some of the smaller towns in the district - August Pine Ridge, San Pablo, San Narciso, etc... Mennonite communities abound. You can recognize them by their perferctly tended farms.