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The northern portion of mainland Belize is the flattest region of the country. Low, flat habitats include coastal swamps, palm savannahs, plains, and lagoons. Since many of these lagoons can be found within wildlife reserves or near Mayan archaeological sites in the area, they make perfect retreats coming or going from the area's attractions. But note, most are not yet developed for easy access or exploration on your own. Check with your guide or locals before visiting.

LAGOONS > New River Lagoon

As you emerge from the epiphyte-encrusted foliage along the banks of the New River of the Orange Walk District, a tangle of water lilies greet your boat and the main tower of Lamanai salutes your sudden appearance.

New River Lagoon
The thousands of visitors who have navigated through the New River en route to the grand Mayan city of Lamanai over the past 3500 years have felt the same awe you will suddenly feel.

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LAGOONS > Progresso Lagoon and Village

Like many inland waterways in Belize, Progresso Lagoon served as a busy highway for merchants during the height of Mayan dominance in the region. An inland waterway located 12km from the Caribbean Sea in the Corozal District, Progresso functioned as a convenient military look out and post.

Progresso Lagoon
A more relaxed atmosphere has replaced the energetic trade of yesteryear, but visitors still flock to this region to enjoy the tranquil lagoon waters and its tremendous ecological diversity.

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LAGOONS > Honey Camp/Laguna de On

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.

Honeycamp lagoon
With no surface outlet, Honey Camp lagoon more closely resembles a lake than a collecting pool for a river.

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LAGOONS > Ranchito Lagoon

Driving south from Corozal Town to Orange Walk and Belize City, visitors will encounter the sleepy village of Ranchito and the Ranchito Lagoon.

Ranchito lagoon
Filled with clusters of water lilies and lined with tall red mangroves, the lagoon resembles a tropical version of a Van Gogh painting. Alligators recline on the edges as the endless drone of damselflies and bees fills the air.

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LAGOONS > Four Mile Lagoon

In 1765, the English navigator James Cook traveled up the Rio Hondo river past the Laguna de Sanjomal (Sanjomal Lagoon), and noted "A magnificent lagoon at the south side of the river" in his log book. His comment referred to the calm waters of La Laguna de Cuatro Millas (Four Mile Lagoon).

4 Mile lagoon
Extending south from the Rio Hondo (the border between Belize and Mexico) for about four miles, the lagoon supports a vast array of endemics of the Yucatan Peninsula. Just seven miles from Corozal Town, the lagoon is an excellent quick fix for the weary traveler craving a cool freshwater dip. Visitors will find these calm waters perfect for sailing fishing, windsurfing, and kayaking.

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