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PLACES TO SEE > LAGOONS > Honey Camp Lagoon

Lying fairly isolated in the Orange Walk District, Honey Camp lagoon caters mostly to locals who know of the waters uncanny ability to relax tensions and rejuvenate the mind and body. With no surface outlet, Honey Camp lagoon more closely resembles a lake than a collecting pool for a river.

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The area surrounding the lagoon is mostly undeveloped private property. A small community with a superb beach called Playa Coral lines part of the lagoon. Tall shady coconut trees line the beach while the lagoon's periphery grasses cater to wading herons and egrets and the occasional snail kite. The beach gently slopes into the white silt sand lying underneath the blue-green waters. Ask a local about a hidden hot spring. A mound on the end of the peninsula provides a picturesque view of the lagoon as you enjoy your lunch. No snack stands or vendors exist in the area, so come prepared with food and drinks. A single small store is situated on the southwest side of lagoon.

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The Maya used the lagoon for ceremonial and residential purposes during the civilization's most volatile period from 1000 AD to 1500 AD. Archaeologists have uncovered two settlements by the lagoon: one occupied in the late Classic/early Postclassic Period along the banks and the other on islands in the lagoon. Again, inquire with locals or the occasional on-site archaeologist to locate the sites.

The scenic drive to Honey Camp Lagoon is 45 minutes from Orange Walk Town. A sign indicating the cutoff to Honey Camp Lagoon is only 1.4 km after crossing the bridge in Orange Walk Town. Trucks transporting sugar cane use this bumpy road; at certain harvesting times, you can see farmers cutting and burning sugarcane along the way. Take a left after 1km and a right turn at 5.7 km. At 5.9 km, turn left to meet a causeway.

Road sign to Honey Camp Lagoon
After driving straight down for another 12.4 kilometers, you will meet a "Welcome to Honey Camp sign". The public beach is two turnoffs after this sign. Turn left on the only road lined with coconut trees and go all the way to the end. A community center is on the left and, depending on whether the person is there to collect it, an entrance fee of $5 gives you lagoon access.

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