Northern Belize is home to the largest concentration of Mestizos—a blend of Spanish and Yucatan Maya. Most speak Spanish and are devout Roman Catholics. Strong familial bonds are a trademark of the Mestizo culture. This combination means that religious holidays and festivals are a dramatic exclamation point on the social calendar and are complimented by colorful displays and costumes, traditional dances and cultural foods.

The twists and turns of the New River played a significant role in the district’s history as both the Maya and early settlers used the river to communicate and transport goods. Orange Walk’s most popular archaeological site, Lamanai, is located on the shore of the New River lagoon and is second in size only to Caracol. The district is also home to Belize’s largest private conservation area—Rio Bravo. A number of archaeological sites and stunning natural attractions can be found within Rio Bravo’s more than two hundred thousand acres of broadleaf forests, marshes and savannas.

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Located near Orange Walk’s Town Hall is the Queen Elizabeth Park, which regularly hosts weekend fairs where visitors can enjoy music, local food and buy souvenirs.

Visitors to the Orange Walk district can choose to stay in hotels within Orange Walk Town, all with convenient access to the central park, banks, restaurants and grocery stories. Accommodations outside the town limits include eco-luxury and adventure in unparalleled natural environments.

The incredible history…the interesting culture…the inspiring beauty…Orange Walk is definitely somewhere that you’ll want to write home about.

Getting Here

If you are renting a car at the Phillip Goldson International Airport, Orange Walk is less than an hour’s drive away. You can also take a bus from the terminal in Belize City or any of the district towns. Tropic Air makes flights to Tower Hill, Orange Walk.

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