The northern portion of mainland Belize is the flattest region of the country. Low, flat habitats include coastal swamps, palm savannahs, plains, and lagoons. Since many of these lagoons can be found within wildlife reserves or near Mayan archaeological sites in the area, they make perfect retreats coming or going from the area's attractions. But note, most are not yet developed for easy access or exploration on your own. Check with your guide or locals before visiting.
As you emerge from the epiphyte-encrusted foliage along the banks of the New River of the Orange Walk District, a tangle of water lilies greet your boat and the main tower of Lamanai salutes your sudden appearance.
Like many inland waterways in Belize, Progresso Lagoon served as a busy highway for merchants during the height of Mayan dominance in the region. An inland waterway located 12km from the Caribbean Sea in the Corozal District, Progresso functioned as a convenient military look out and post.
Lying fairly isolated in the Orange Walk District, Honey Camp lagoon caters mostly to locals who know of the waters uncanny ability to relax tensions and rejuvenate the mind and body.
Driving south from Corozal Town to Orange Walk and Belize City, visitors will encounter the sleepy village of Ranchito and the Ranchito Lagoon.
In 1765, the English navigator James Cook traveled up the Rio Hondo river past the Laguna de Sanjomal (Sanjomal Lagoon), and noted "A magnificent lagoon at the south side of the river" in his log book. His comment referred to the calm waters of La Laguna de Cuatro Millas (Four Mile Lagoon).
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