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is located on 

the waterfront 

in picturesque 


Belize. The 


offers a private 

restaurant and 

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. The breeze 

is from the North and the water in the bay is 

a mixture of fresh and salty water.  






Things to do:

Day Trips:

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

2-4 people

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


Butterfly Reserve

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 

fishing village





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Sarteneja is famous in Belize for its boat building and repair


Room Rates:

$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:

By Bus:

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


From Chetumal:

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. 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.