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Corozal District

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The village of Consejo is a small and diverse community of just a over 100 people only seven miles north of Corozal Town. It is comprised of Consejo Shores, a retirement community for locals and expatriates, two accommodations, and the village of Consejo. The community was formerly named Smuggler's Savanna, because it was used for the illegal trafficking of goods from Mexico to Belize, since it is only a 5 minute boat ride to cross the Bay. The locals have even been known to tell a few stories about Cadillacs being floated across on oil drums! The village has a rich Mayan history, with two unexcavated Maya sites within a mile of the main village. Consejo is now a community that survives on fishing and the wealth of retirees. It is a great place for travelers to get "off the beaten path".

Getting Here and Around

Once you arrive in Corozal Town you can follow the directions below to get to the village.

By Taxi or Car
Taxis run from Corozal Town to Consejo for around BZ$30. If you are planning to leave by taxi, you might want to arrange a time for it to pick you up, since taxis are not common in Consejo. If you are traveling by car, follow Fourth Avenue North out of Corozal Town for 7 miles. The trip takes about 20 minutes, depending on the condition of the roads.

By Water Taxi
It is also possible to hire a private water taxi from Corozal or Chetumal to Consejo. Check with your hotel owner for details.

Money Matters & Services Provided

Make sure you do all of your banking in Corozal Town prior to arriving in Consejo.

Wireless internet is available for the guests and visitors at Smuggler's Den.

BTL reception is unreliable in this area. Smuggler's Den has its own tower that is available for use by guests.

For Consejo being such a small village, there are a number of places to eat. New Millennium Family Restaurant is the first stop as you enter Consejo serving up Belizean meals and a few drinks. Smuggler's Den, The local Toucan Trail hotel, has a bar and a restaurant that serves Belizean and American dinners to its guests and locals. Casa Blanca by the Sea is a larger hotel that has a restaurant and bar. It is not always open to the public, so have a second option in mind. Derek's Cozy Club is the big hangout for the local retirees from Consejo Shores. It is open only from afternoon to early evening.

Marie's Grocery sells the basics and may save you a bumpy trip into Corozal Town.

Things to Do

Relaxing: Consejo is small and quiet and not heavily touristed. Visitors can enjoy picnics along the bay or simply spend all day reading in a hammock.

Swimming & Snorkeling: The Bay at Smuggler's Den can be a very interesting place to snorkel, since it is frequented by manatees and the occasional dolphin. The Bay once served as a smuggling highway, since it connects Belize to Mexico (it is only a 5 minute boat ride away), and you might see old and sometimes interesting goods lodged in the floor of the bay. Swimming there is free for guests, and costs only BZ$3 per day for adults (children are free). It makes a great day trip from Corozal as well.

Canoeing: Canoes can be rented for BZ$10 per hour from Smuggler's Den. The local Mayan ruins are easily reachable by hiking or paddling.

Fishing: Fishing gear is available for rent at Smuggler's Den, or for a more Belizean experience you could hire a local net fisherman to teach you the trade.

Chetumal: Just a five minute ride across the Bay brings you to Chetumal, Mexico. Check in Consejo for the boat schedules.

Check out the interactive map for a complete list of attractions in the district.


Click here to find Toucan Trail accommodations in Consejo Village.

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