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offers a private
bar for guests,
newly constructed rooms and tour services.
Sarteneja is a Mayan word that means
water in the rock. This seaside village is
situated on minor Mayan ruins and has
many ancient Mayan wells. In 1956
Hurricane Janet totally destroyed the village which consisted of wooden houses. After
the hurricane, the government of Belize came
in and built cement homes for the villagers.
Until 1970 the only access was by water. Electricity became available in the 1970 and telephones in 1990. The village is blessed
with a municipal water system that is
purified and filtered and safe for drinking.
is from the North and the water in the bay is
a mixture of fresh and salty water.
Things to do:
To the Reef, Snorkel & Fish
Equipment can be rented from the reserve rangers, cost does not include fishing or snorkel equipment
Bacalar Chico – to the Reef, snorkel or fish
Travel time: 1-1/2 hours by boat
Up to 8 people, $40 U.S. per person
Charter: 2-4 people $250 for the boat
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price includes lunch & beverages
Overnight Camping at Bacalar Chico & Beach BBQ – Catch of the Day
2-4 people $300 U.S. for the boat
Stay at the ITCF thatch house
Add $20 per person for evening meal, breakfast & lunch
Sport Fishing on the Bay
Tarpon, bonefish, & snapper
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$100 U.S. for a couple includes fishing gear & bait Add $10 U.S. per person for lunch & beverages
Tours to Chetumal, Mayan Cultural Museum, Santa Rita Ruins, Maya Hill, Cerro Maya
All day, by boat
$200 U.S. per boat
Entrance fees paid by individuals, additional
If time allows there is a stop at a private sandy beach for an afternoon swim. Some of the ruins have boat access only.
Bird watching & Swimming
Morning or evening
$60 per boat, 2-4 persons
Swim at a privately owned sandy beach on the west side of the bay, see manatees, go to a private island for bird watching
Transportation to the reserve
-Pick up by the warden Monday-Friday
-Or- 6 a.m. bus towards Orangewalk
-Or - -private transportation $15 U.S. round trip
See the butterflies, Lagoon, Treetop Walk, Mahogany Museum & Botanical Trails
Enjoy peace & quiet in this little
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Sarteneja is famous in Belize for its boat building and repair
$30 U.S. per room. Fernandos Seaside Guesthouse has 3 rooms with 2 double beds in each, ceiling fan, ceramic tiled floors and private bath
$40 U.S. The Cabana room is a larger room with thatched roof, 2 double beds, ceiling fan, ceramic tiled floors and private bath.
Mr. & Mrs. Fernando Alamilla
Sport Fishing right on the Bay!
Fernando is a retired free-diver and expert snorkel & fishing guide.
Getting to Sarteneja:
The Venus, Perez and Sarteneja bus lines service Sarteneja from Belize City, Orange Walk and Chetumal/Corozal, for only 8 bz.
From Belize City:
The Sarteneja Bus Line leaves Belize City at noon, passing by the junction to the Phillip Goldsen International airport at 12:30 p.m. arriving in Orange Walk at 2 p.m., leaving for Sarteneja at 2 p.m. arriving in Sarteneja at approximately 3:30 p.m.
The Venus bus line leaves from the Venus Bus Station at 12:30 p.m., with a stop in Orange Walk and continuing on to Sarteneja.
The Perez Bus Line leaves from Belize City at 5 p.m. Travel time: 3 hours
Venus Bus line leaves from the Nuevo Mercado (New Market area) at noon, crossing the Mexico/Belize border and arriving in Sarteneja at 3 p.m.
By Water Taxi from Corozal:
The Thunderbolt is a covered boat with airline style seating and music. A Note about Water Taxi Service: Sarteneja is not a regular stop, but the water taxi service stops on request at no additional charge. Fernando can call and make the arrangements for you the night before your departure, if necessary.
The Thunderbolt leaves Corozal at 3 p.m. for Sarteneja & San Pedro, 25 bz. ½ hour ride.
By Water Taxi from San Pedro:
The Thunderbolt leaves from the back-side pier at 7 a.m. and returns to San Pedro at 3:30 p.m. Cost: 40 bz
Private boat from Corozal - $75 U.S. for the boat, contact Fernando for arrangements.
From Corozal by private car, take the coastal road out of Corozal south to the ferry on the New River and bypass Orangewalk, total drive time 1 hr.