How To Spend One Perfect Day in Orange Walk, Belize

by Larry Waight

Most people don’t put Orange Walk Town on the top of their list when they’re planning a Belize vacation. That might just be a mistake, though. This charming northern town is a great place to spend the day enjoying some history, sunshine and delicious food.

Where Is Orange Walk Town?

Orange Walk Town is the main municipality in the Orange Walk District. Located 53 miles north of Belize City, the entire district has a population of about 40,000.

Start at Banquita’s House of Culture

This lovely museum sits at the mouth of the New River. It’s the perfect starting point for your Orange Walk explorations. Learn about the history of the town that is central to Belize’s trade in sugar. Fortify yourself with a snack before heading out to your next stop.

Enjoy Maya History at Lamanai


Lamanai – Maya Site © Duarte Dellarole

Your next stop should be the impressive Maya ruins at Lamanai. Hidden deep in the jungle, Lamanai is one of the most picturesque Maya sites in Belize. Its soft, grassy walkways and cooling shade make it an enjoyable place to spend some time.

The best way to get to Lamanai is to take a river cruise down the New River Lagoon. This breathtakingly lovely lagoon is a favorite of birders and wildlife watchers. You’ll see amazing numbers of fish, birds, reptiles and jungle creatures as you float to the ruins.

Get a Taste of Orange Walk

You’ll probably be hungry when you’re finished exploring Lamanai, and you’re in luck. Orange Walk is known for its great food, and there are some specialties you have to try here.

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Tacos, anyone? Photo by Belize Food Tours

One such delicacy is pibil. This tradidtional Maya dish involves roasting a whole pig slowly over intense heat all day. Typically, you get the tender, seasoned meat on a platter with tortillas, guacamole, chopped tomatoes, and onions.

Ceviche made with freshly caught, local fish and meaty, spicy tacos are also specialties here. Belizeans like to say that all food is better “up north,” so bring your appetite to Orange Walk.

And, of course, you can’t leave Orange Walk without enjoying the dish they are most renowned for. Make sure to grab some Orange Walk tacos while on your trip.

Cool Off at Honey Camp Lagoon

When it’s time to cool off from all your Orange Walk adventures, head to Honey Camp, a freshwater lagoon just eight miles from downtown Orange Walk. Locals say the waters here have healing powers.

Take a Chill

Wrap up your day with a frozen treat. Orange Walk has several places to get ice cream, frozen ices, slushies and other sweet, chilly treats.

That’s one itinerary for a perfect day in Orange Walk. We look forward to seeing you in “Sugar City.” 

Featured Photo courtesy of the Belize Tourism Board

This article was first shared on February 13, 2020

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