Getting There & Departing
By Plane -- Just southwest of Orange Walk town is the asphalt Tower Hill airstrip which has two daily flights between the municipal airport in Belize City for BZ$288. Some days there are also flights between Orange Walk and San Pedro/Caye Caulker starting at BZ$70.
By Car --Orange Walk is on the Philip Goldson Highway about 89km (55 miles) from Belize City. Take Freetown Road out of Belize City to connect with the Goldson Highway. The highway is also known in this area as the Belize-Corozal Road, and Queen Victoria Avenue right in the heart of town. After passing through the small downtown section of Orange Walk Town, the highway continues north to Corozal.
There’s a tollbooth where the Goldson Highway crosses the New River a few miles south of Orange Walk Town. The fee is BZ$1 per car.
By Bus --Buses (tel. 227-2255 in Belize City, or 302-2858 in Orange Walk Town) leave throughout the day, roughly every half-hour between 5:30am and 7:30pm. Morning buses leave from the main bus terminal on West Collet Canal Street. Catch any bus going to Corozal Town or Chetumal. The Orange Walk Town bus station is right on the Philip Goldson Highway in the center of town near Town Hall. You can pick up a return bus here to Belize City, or continue onward to Corozal. The best place to catch the bus to Sarteneja is from the bus stop outside the Banquitas House of Culture on Main Street; it costs BZ$10. Buses can be either direct or local, and they vary in age and comfort. You’ll pay more for a comfortable direct or express bus. The fare is BZ$5 to BZ$8 between Belize City and Orange Walk Town, and BZ$6 to BZ$10 between Orange Walk Town and Corozal Town.
Orange Walk is pretty compact, and the city center is just a few blocks wide in either direction. Still, a few taxis can be had around town. If you can't flag one down, call tel. 322-2050, or head to the little park across from Town Hall.
The Philip Goldson Highway runs right through the heart of Orange Walk Town. However, there is also a bypass that skirts the city proper, for those in a rush to get to Corozal or Sarteneja. Several gas stations are located on the outskirts of either end of town. As you’re traveling north, the New River and “downtown” district will be to your right, while the Town Hall and Sports Ground are on the highway, on your left.
Fast Facts -- If you need to call the police, dial 911 or 322-2022; for the fire department, dial 322-2090; and for medical emergencies, call the Northern Regional Hospital at 322-2072.
There’s a Belize Bank (tel. 322-2019) at the corner of Main and Market streets, and a Scotia Bank ([tel] 322-0866) down the block on the corner of Main Street and Park Street. The post office (tel. 322-2345) is located on the highway and Arthur Street, across from the Town Council.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.