A population of just under forty thousand makes Orange Walk Belize's
third largest populated district ....
revolves primarily around the seasonal
harvesting and processing of sugar cane, though it no longer reigns supreme. Orange Walk is also
important for its production of dairy products, citrus fruits, beef and
In addition to the agricultural diversification, there has been an economic boost from eco tourism. With over 540 different, species of birds in the country, Belize is a must for the professional or amateur Birder. In Orange Walk District alone, over 400 species of birds have been recorded, more than anywhere else in the country, which makes the District the country's leader as a Birding destination.
Orange Walk Town
a population of 22,000, this largely Hispanic
settlement is the largest town in northern Belize ....
and Northern Highway,
Orange Walk Town is located 52 miles north of Belize City.
The country's only tollbooth signals the
entrance to Orange Walk Town, and after paying the small toll, one immediately notices two distinctive sites: the scenic
New River, with its tour guide operators along it's banks and the
smokestacks of the sugar mill.
The town is a
mix of Spanish, Maya, East Indians, visiting Mennonites
and Chinese. Mexican influences remain strong and Spanish and
Creole are the most common languages spoken.
Orange Walk Town has the basics:
grocery, clothing and gas and makes for a convenient base to boat
up the New River to Lamanai, travel
the Blue Creek Road to the Rio Bravo Conservation Area,
or take the Northern Highway south to Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary or trek to nearby Shipstern Nature Reserve.
The Northern Highway is paved and in good condition. Good
gas availability. Drive time is about 75 minutes.
Buses leave on the half
hour from Belize City.
Visit Orange Walk Town as part of Country-Wide Birding Package.
Visit Belize as part of a duPlooy Travel
Belize Vacation Package