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Orange Walk

A perfect blend of natural wonders and cultural attractions.

Event Planner's Guide to Orange Walk District

The rich history of tree felling and sugar cane crops of Orange Walk District gives an idea of its abounding natural beauty. Ancient Mayan ruins, protected dense jungles, and lagoons provide unique activities for corporate tourists.

Clock Tower in Orange Walk Town. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

About Orange Walk District

Orange Walk is a landlocked district located in the northwest of Belize. It borders the Belize District to the east, the Corozal District to the north, the Cayo District to the south, and its neighbouring countries Mexico and Guatemala, to the west. Orange Walk is the fourth most-populated district in Belize.

Thought to be named after the citrus trees by 17th century loggers, Orange Walk Town is the district capital, with a population of around 14,000. It is home to the nation’s favourite rum distillery, a Mayan museum, and multiple tour operators. 

The Mask Temple at Lamanai, Orange Walk District. Credit: Bernt Rostad, Flickr.

Event Venues and Hotels in Orange Walk

A very quiet and rural area, Orange Walk District offers a handful of hotels and venues for corporate guests. A more luxurious and bespoke experience can be arranged with the Lamanai Outpost Lodge or Chan Chich Lodge. The majority of venues suitable for meetings are close to Orange Walk Town. 

Compact conference halls in Orange Walk District:

  • Star Hall, Orange Walk Town
  • Multi Purpose Complex, Orange Walk Town
  • The Mayan Garden, Orange Walk Town

Options for corporate stays in Orange Walk District:

  • Lamanai Outpost Lodge, Water Bank (1 meeting room, 1 business centre) 
  • St. Christopher’s Hotel, Orange Walk Town (1 meeting room)
  • El Gran Mestizo, Orange Walk Town (1 meeting room)
  • Lamanai Landings Hotel & Marina, Tower Hill
  • Hotel de la Fuente, Orange Walk Town
  • Chan Chich Lodge, Wamil

Internet in Orange Walk District

Satellite, fibre optic, and 4G Wi-Fi internet is available across most of Orange Walk District. You can enjoy the use of high-speed Wi-Fi as a guest at hotels and some restaurants. In remote areas, the internet may be interrupted. 

Corporate Entertainment in Orange Walk 

The spectacular untouched jungle of the Rio Bravo Conservation Area is one way to impress adventurous business clients and colleagues. Organised guided tours can accommodate corporate groups to visit the Mayan cities and animal sanctuaries, and enjoy outdoor activities. Top things to see and do include:

  • Taking a New River safari cruise through the Lamanai Archaeological Reserve and see tropical water birds, crocodiles, and howler monkeys 
  • Exploring the mystical ruins of the Jaguar and Mask Temples
  • Soaking up the culture with a walking tour of Orange Walk Town
  • Booking a visit to the Caribbean Rum distillery near Yo Creek Village
  • Hiking, horseriding, quadbiking or mountain biking the trails of the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary (or canoeing down the lagoon) to see protected birds, turtles, reptiles, and even pumas if you’re lucky

Iguana at the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. Credit: Bernard Dupont, Flickr.

Dining in Orange Walk District

Treat your corporate group to the delicious fresh food in Orange Walk District. Rolled tacos are famous in this region and there are many roadside taco trucks to try. For a sumptuous sit-down meal, these are some recommended establishments:

  • Nahil Mayab Restaurant, Orange Walk Town (Caribbean, Latin, and international food)
  • Maracas Bar & Grill, Orange Walk Town (Caribbean and Latin food)
  • Cocina Sabor, Orange Walk Town (International and Central American food)
  • El Establo Restaurant, Orange Walk Town (International and Latin food)
  • The Deck Tapas Bar & Bistro, Tower Hill (Caribbean and Bar food)

How to Travel to Orange Walk District

You can get to Orange Walk District by coach, taxi, hire car or by plane. Orange Walk Town is 44 miles (1 hour 30 minutes driving) from Chetumal at the Mexican border and 53 miles (1 hour 20 minutes driving) from Belize City. 

Phillip SW Goldson International Airport

International and domestic flights run from Phillip SW Goldson International Airport (BZE) in Ladyville, near Belize City. A shuttle bus is available between the airport and Belize City. 

Orange Walk Airport

Orange Walk Airport (ORZ) is also known as the Alfredo Martinez Chan Pine Ridge Airstrip or Tower Hill Airport. It is a public airport just 1.8 miles from Orange Walk Town. 

Travelling from Belize City to Orange Walk Town

You can travel by hire car or bus. The cheapest way is to take the bus. Depending on the coach company, this takes between 1 hour and 1 hour 45 minutes. 

Travelling around the Orange Walk District

Visiting the different villages in Orange Walk District is the cheapest by bus. For large groups, it might be more cost-effective to travel by hire car.

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