Corozal is a pleasant seaside town at the very northern end of Belize. Less than 8 miles (12 km) from the Belize-Mexico border, most visitors pass through Corozal on their way to or from popular destinations in Mexico such as Tulum and Chichen Itza.
Corozal played an important role as a trading center throughout Mayan history, and settlement in modern day Corozal started in the mid-1800s as Mestizo refugees fled from neighboring Mexico. Today, Latin culture and language has persisted in the community, and a large portion of Corozal’s 10,000 residents speak Spanish.
The entire town was annihilated during a hurricane in 1955, and the town has since been rebuilt. Buildings are well-maintained and most of the action happens in the the town’s central park, a place where locals convene. Services available in town cater mainly to Corozal’s residents, including a small bayfront farmer’s market, local eateries, shops, and a couple of banks.
Visitors to Corozal have a handful of accommodations to choose from, including a few waterfront options mostly clustered around the south end of town. Attractions here don’t cater to tourists, but there are a few activities that may be of interest. Kayaking, deep sea fishing, and day trips to the nearby fishing village of Sarteneja can be arranged.
Corozol is located directly on the Northern Highway 82 miles (132 km) north of Belize City. The drive takes approximately 2 hours. It is also possible to fly directly to and from Corozal from Ambergris Caye on multiple daily flights.