Most people don’t put Orange Walk Town on the top of their list when they’re planning a Belize vacation. That’s a mistake. This charming, bustling town is a great place to spend a day soaking up history, sunshine and awesome delicious food.
Where Is Orange Walk Town?
Orange Walk Town is the capital of the Orange Walk District. It is 53 miles north of Belize City. The 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 launching post for your Orange Walk explorations. Learn about the history of this town that was central to Belize’s trade in sugar. Fortify yourself with a snack before heading out to your next stop.
See Our History at Lamanai
Your next stop should be the impressive Maya ruins at Lamanai. Hidden deep in the jungle, Lamanai is the most picturesque Maya site 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.
One is pibil. This 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.
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.”
Written by Larry Waight