Maya World Guest House (tel. 501/666-3577 or 501/627-2511, byronchuster [at] gmail [dot] com, from US$22.50) has clean rooms that surround a well-kept, cheery garden. It features a communal kitchen, common areas, and veranda with hammocks. The central location and conveniences such as bike rental and laundry service attract backpackers.
Caribbean Village RV Park and Campground (tel. 501/422-2725, menziestours [at] btl [dot] net) offers full RV hookups for US$20 a night and camping for US$5 per person.
Sea Breeze Hotel (tel. 501/422-3051 or 501/605-9341, www.theseabreezehotel.com , gwyn_lawrence [at] yahoo [dot] com, US$18–30) offers the best budget accommodations in Corozal . Rooms have cable TV, fans (a/c for additional cost), hot water, and wireless Internet. The seaside location of this hotel offers a cooling breeze in the evening. Call ahead or email as this place has only seven rooms and gets busy. The second-floor bar (for guests only) is a great place to meet other travelers and is a quick walk from the main thoroughfares. Bikes are available for guests to explore the town by day. Enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee in the morning and breakfast upon request.
Just two blocks south of the town center, and right across from the water, the Hok’ol K’in Guest House (tel. 501/422-3329, maya [at] btl [dot] net, www.corozal.net , US$21–65) was begun by an ex–Peace Corps volunteer with the intention of supporting local Maya community endeavors. In Yucateca Mayan, “Hok’ol K’in” means “Coming of the Rising Sun,” a sight you’ll see from your window if you’re up early enough—follow your sun salutations with an excellent breakfast (and real coffee!) on the patio downstairs. Hok’ol K’in’s 10 immaculate rooms have private baths, verandas, cable TV, and fans; free wireless Internet is available. Ask about available trips and homestays (or visits) with local families; the staff are very helpful in arranging things to do. This is one of the few lodgings in Belize equipped to handle a wheelchair (one room only, so be sure to specify if it’s needed). The restaurant serves a variety of good meals (7 a.m.–7 p.m. daily).
The Mark Anthony Hotel (2nd Ave. N. at 4th St. N., tel. 501/422-3141 or 501/631-4803), overlooking Corozal Bay, has nine rooms with cable, hot and cold water, and queen beds starting at US$35 (a/c available for additional cost). A wide selection of souvenirs is available and the bar and restaurant has some of the best food to be had in town.
The Oasis (2nd St., off Northern Highway, tel. 501/402-0391, darlenebartlett [at] gmail [dot] com) is an affordable option geared toward both long- and short-term stays. Rooms are about US$30; apartments start at US$300 a month. A communal kitchen is on-site as well as a lovely swimming pool and tranquil garden area.
Hotel Mirador (tel. 501/422-0189, www.mirador.bz , US$35–75) is a 24-room lodging across from the main dock and seawall, whose rooftop boasts the best views in town. The rooms are sparkling and spotless, with private baths and hot and cold water, and the hallways are cavernous. There’s cable TV and wireless Internet, plus you’ll get lots of friendly help from your hosts, Jose and Lydia Gongora. Deluxe rooms with air-conditioning start at US$50.
On the road leading into town from the south, the Hotel Maya and Apartments (tel. 501/422-2082 or 501/422-2874, www.hotelmaya.net , US$35–50 offers 20 rooms with air-conditioning, TV, and private baths; the restaurant serves breakfast only. There is also a gift shop and travel agency that can arrange trips to local destinations as well as transport across the borders to Tikal , Chetumal , or even Cancún . Furnished apartments with air-conditioning start at US$300 per month.
Las Palmas Hotel (formerly Nestor’s, but completely rebuilt, tel. 501/422-0196, www.laspalmashotelbelize.com , US$45 and up) is in the heart of town, with 25 full-service rooms that include air-conditioning, private baths, hot and cold water, wireless Internet, parking, 24-hour security, and a backup generator.
Bayside Guest House (31 3rd Ave., tel. 501/625-7824, US$45) has four rooms with hot and cold water, ceiling fan, cable TV, Internet, and air-conditioning for an additional cost. There’s a free continental breakfast. The terrace bar and restaurant is open to guests for an evening meal or
Three seaside options reside on the south end of town, clustered together on what is locally known as “Gringo Lane.” At Tony’s Inn and Beach Resort (tel. 501/422-2055 or 501/422-3555, tonys [at] btl [dot] net, from US$85), “beach” may be stretching it a bit, and the 24 rooms are set up more like a Motel 6 than a resort. Still, the large rooms have air-conditioning, private baths, and hot and cold water. The Y-Not Bar and Grill is in a nice setting on the water, and the hotel has its own marina and runs a variety of local trips.
Right next door to Tony’s Inn, you’ll find the Corozal Bay Inn (tel. 501/422-2691, www.corozalbayinn.com , from US$100), a couples-oriented cluster of 10 cute thatch-roof cabanas set around 396 truckloads of sand imported from Belize’s Pine Mountain Ridge ; the inn offers a swimming pool, a lively bar, and rooms with air-conditioning, big-screen TV, private baths, and fridges.
A bit more to the south, in a very quiet, out-of-the-way spot, the Copa Banana (tel. 501/422-0284, www.copabanana.bz , US$55) has lovely, tropical-decor rooms and suites open to the sea breeze (but also air-conditioned), with a shared living room and kitchen area and lots of space, plus free bikes, coffee, tea, and juices.
Corozal ’s newest offering is Almond Tree Hotel Resort (425 Bayshore Dr., tel. 501/628-9224, www.almondtreeresort.com ), in a quiet location down the road from Tony’s Inn. Each of the six rooms has its own elegant decor and comfortable beds; larger units are equipped with a kitchenette and living room. Downstairs is a bar and restaurant where breakfast is available upon request and cold Belikin is on tap. Outside, you can relax at poolside, walled by a tropical garden, or talk to the owner, Lynn, about arranging an activity that suits your interests: fishing by dory, a trip to the cayes, or inland tours.
Serenity Sands Bed and Breakfast (three miles north of Corozal and one mile off of Consejo Rd., www.serenitysands.com , tel. 501/669-2394, Canada tel. 250/992-6583, US$90) has four tastefully decorated upper-level rooms with queen or twin beds, air-conditioning, and private balconies over Corozal Bay. The two-bedroom guest house can accommodate a family of six for US$125. The hotel is off the grid and uses organic products as often as possible. There’s complimentary Internet access and a well-stocked library.