Corozal, like its sister-city across the border, provides a gentle introduction to Belize's diverse demographic. Striking new arrivals as retaining elements more akin to a fading British seaside resort than Caribbean tropic, it provides the opportunity for a sleep-over before your Belizean adventure properly begins.
There is a friendly stronghold of ex-pats...largely white, male and on the wrong side of middle-aged...who will provide you with tales of exploits past, present and future.
Bypassing Corozal will not leave you wondering what could have been. However, the early morning departure of the water taxi (7 a.m.) may leave you with no choice. Although we didn't encounter any trouble, wandering around the town after 8 p.m. would be ill-advised for single female travellers.
Patty's Bistro is recommended for your evening meal; however it's best to get there before 7 p.m. as restaurants seemed to shut up early if trade was slow.
Getting there and away
Local bus from Chetumal – Corozal: $30 pesos per person, 1 hour (depending on customs and border crossing). Pick-up from Neuvo Mercado and drop-off at the bus terminal.
Thunderbolt Water taxi to Sarteneja: $25 pesos per person.
Thunderbolt Water taxi to San Pedro (Ambergis Caye): $50 pesos per person.
It is the same boat for both destinations. Unfortunately, if you choose to travel to Sarteneja for a few days before heading to San Pedro the cost from there is still $50 pesos.
Budget-breaker or maker?
Maker. A cheap day can be had although with hotels appearing to be the only option, the overall cost is a little increased.