“The very idea of a vacation is to transcend the everyday. You can achieve this highly evolved state of being through an indelible connection to place in the marvellous Orange Walk District where the local greet you with broad smiles. The grand Maya temples, ubiquitous New River, the northwestern forest and exotic birds entice you to forget your preoccupations. Here, the strong Mestizo Maya influence is unmistakable. Old-fashioned tortilla factories, mission churches and Spanish-style homes are everywhere. Orange Walk District is home to approximately 16,000 people, primarily descendants of the Mestizo culture borne of the Spanish-Maya refugees of the Caste Wars. The main source of income before the 19th century was mahogany logging, which has now been replaced by sugarcane production.”
As the sweet smell of sugarcane permeates the air in the Orange Walk District, curious adventure travelers often ask: “Where are the Maya temples?” You need not look far: In close proximity, you will find grand, ancient structures, along with primal jungles and exotic birds. These will highlight your exploration, whether among families, eco-tourists or honeymooners.
You immediately sense an unmistakable Spanish influence. Old-fashioned tortilla factories, mission churches and Spanish-styled homes dot the landscape. Orange Walk District is home to approximately 16,000 people, primarily descendants of the Mestizo culture born of the Spanish-Maya refugees of the Caste Wars. The main source of income before the 19th century had been mahogany logging, which has been replaced by sugarcane production. The name “Orange Walk” originated when orange groves once hugged the banks of the New River.
Orange Walk Town
The main town of Orange Walk is home to a mixture of cultures and some 15,000 residents. Stop at one of the many quaint cafes and gain a rare glimpse into the everyday life of northern Belizeans. For a closer look at the district’s history, culture and industry, the Banquitas House of Culture regularly hosts special traveling art, cultural and archeological exhibits.
Journey just 20 minutes south of Orange Walk Town and you’ll discover a place locals go to relax – Honey Camp Lagoon, which boasts golden sandy beaches sprinkled with coconut trees. It is a peaceful stop on a Belize vacation and an extraordinary addition to an adventure honeymoon.
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