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The Belize District is centrally located between the northern and southern borders of the country with a variety of transportation options to any point both inland and out to the cayes. Fishing, snorkeling, diving and swimming are excellent around nearby St. George's and Goff's caye while the rivers and lagoons are great for boating and sightseeing.
In the western part of Belize, you will find Cayo District, located in approximately 2,000 square miles of succulent landscape. This area shows an incredible fortune of interest and activities for tourists and is also the entrance to Guatemala and the incredible ruins of Tikal. Mountain Pine Ridge is often called the main attraction of the area, but Cayo District also includes many great Mayan ruins, towns such as San Ignacio and Santa Elena, the border of Benque Viejo and the villa between the scenic Río Mopan and Río Macal.
While Corozal District depended for many years on the sugar industry, at one time having its own sugar factory located in Libertad Village, today the economy is more diversified. Sugar production and other agricultural crops such as papaya are still central to the way of life of many rural Corozalenos, but occupations in the tourism industry are slowly becoming more prominent. Now almost 65% of Corozalenos depend on the Commercial Free Zone for employment.
Sugar, though, no longer reigns supreme in Orange Walk. In addition to the economic boost from eco tourism, there has been agricultural diversification in recent years. This has seen the recent introduction of fields of soybean, onions and papayas as cash crops. The Orange Walk district is also well known for its cattle and rum production.
Connecting to any of the southern destinations from either the capital Belmopan or the commercial center Belize City is a beautiful scenic ride on the Hummingbird and Southern Highways. This region is easily accessible by daily commuter flights to Dangriga and nearby Independence.
This eclectic and fascinating land is only just starting to get the attention – and visitors – it deserves and is gaining recognition as Belize’s “emerging destination”. The paving of the Southern Highway is finally nearing completion, the bus service runs regularly, and there are now several daily commuter flights on Tropic Air and Maya Island Air.
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