A Sleepy Seaside Town
Corozal is a sleepy seaside town, located just south of the Río Hondo (Hondo River), which forms the border between Mexico and Belize. Set on a crystal-clear bay, Corozal was an important center on the early Mayan trading routes. The evidence remains in the ruins of Cerros and Santa Rita and the old English Fort Barley. During the mid-1800s, the modern town was settled with many refugees from Mexico’s Caste War. Traditionally the heart of the country’s sugar growing and processing industry, Corozal today is more well-known for its Free Zone at the Mexican border, sprawling housing development favored by expats and low living costs. There are 90 miles between Belize City and Corozal by road, and buses run daily. The district includes the towns and villages of Chunox, Consejo, Little Belize, Louisville, Patchacan, Progresso, San Joaquin and Xaibe.