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Where to Stay in Corozal
Although Corozal is small and an infrequent final destination for vacationers, it has a relatively high number of rooms for rent. A major reason for this is Corozal Town’s proximity to the Mexican border in the Yucatan Peninsula, one of Mexico’s most popular tourism regions. Travelers who need more time to tour Mexico will often cross the border at Corozal in order to extend their tourist visas. Corozal Town also happens to be the most convenient stop for those who just want to spend a quick night in Belize while vacationing in Cancun, Playa del Carmen or elsewhere in the Yucatan.
Most of the hotels and beach cottages are clustered in the comparatively busy town center on the bayfront. The farther you get from this area, the more likely you are to see only residential neighborhoods. Cheap hotel deals in Corozal are easy to find even during the high season between early December and Easter, though you should still book at least a few weeks ahead if you want one of the finest rooms.
Corozal Hotel Tips
While you shouldn’t have trouble finding a place to stay, the selection of accommodations in Corozal Town is somewhat limited. The more affordable rooms are in independent discount motels and simple furnished apartment buildings. Most of these are perfectly comfortable and comparable to discount accommodations in the U.S., both in quality and price. Nightly rates at the best hotels don’t go much higher than they do at the cheaper places, but you also can’t buy much more luxury; the best rooms will have modern electronics, plush linens and great bay views, but no hotel in Corozal Town offers the resort-style amenities you’ll find in the Caribbean’s more established tourism centers.
If you don’t need swimming pools, spas and buffets to enjoy your time at the beach, you’ll love the town’s nicer resorts, and you’ll love how far your dollar goes even more. On longer trips to the area, consider spreading your reservations out across a few different hotels to add a little variety.
Corozal Hotel Recommendations
One of Corozal Town’s best bets is the Corozal Bay Inn, a collection of charming private huts arranged around a sandy beach with a swimming pool and a long fishing pier. Features like wireless Internet access and an on-site restaurant also make this a standout in the area.
Hotel Mirador is the town’s tallest structure, and it has made good use of its position; the rooftop terrace provides an unbeatable vista of the bay on one side and Corozal Town on the other, as well as a few hammocks for lounging.
Some of the best discount rooms can be found at the Hok’ol K’in Guesthouse, including a few with waterfront balconies. This guesthouse may have the most prime lodging location in Corozal Town, parked right at the base of the scenic bayfront boardwalk. Another low-priced option, the Sea Breeze Hotel, has individually appointed rooms and a private upstairs bar with bay views. The owners have a speedboat that guests can charter for tours around the bay.
Corozal is a tiny town, and you should have no problem getting anywhere you need to go on foot. If you grow tired of walking or it’s just too hot, however, there are a few taxis in town. Don’t count on hailing one on the street; instead, ask your hotel’s front desk to call one for you. If you’re near the town’s bus station, you might also find an available cab waiting there.
Renting your own car is another alternative, and is a smart plan if you want to spend a day or two exploring Belize on your own. Facilities at the airport are minimal, so you won’t be able to rent a car immediately after your flight to Corozal lands. Take a quick taxi ride to your hotel and call one of Corozal’s independent car rental agencies, where you may be able to arrange to have a vehicle dropped off at your location.
If you don’t want to rent a car but still feel like exploring, Corozal is well-connected to San Pedro Town and Belize City. Shuttle boats leave Corozal daily for San Pedro Town on the Caribbean Coast’s Ambergris Cay, and speedy buses can make the trip south to Belize City in about three hours.