New River Lagoon

An important channel for trade in Belize for centuries, New River has seen plenty of traffic through the years. Just east of the Maya temples of Lamanai lies a peaceful lagoon that is also the largest lake in all Belize called the New River Lagoon. Visitors usually sail her as part of a tour group to take in the wealth of nature available here.

New River, which is the longest river confined entirely to Belize, forms the New River Lagoon which is the largest body of fresh water in the country. The waters tend to be very calm and flat, and the body is surrounded by a broad-lead forest.

New River Lagoon is surrounded by broad-leaf rainforest and is home to dozens of species of birds like Jabiru storks, great black hawks, social flycatchers, blue crowned matmots, and more. Visitors, who generally arrive by boat, canoe, or kayak from Orange Walk, might also catch a glimpse of crocodiles, turtles, iguanas, and bats.

Swimming is possible, and most people enjoy lounging on the banks for a picnic lunch.


Situated on the eastern part of Orange Walk District, south of Lamanai, New River Lagoon invites local residents and tourists who are rooming in this section of Belize. Regardless of whether or not you're staying very close, you are free to drop by to check out the sights. If you're curious, Orange Walk is 28 miles (45 kilometers) to the north.

Nearby Restaurants

Dining options aren't abundant in the immediate area surrounding this body of water. The most nearby place to eat to New River Lagoon is Bushy's Place, which sells Belizean meals.

Nearby Attractions

Other nearby activities include Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, which is seven miles away Orange Walk District. Furthermore, you can consider making the trip to Lamanai Mayan Archaeological Site, which is another attraction in the area.

If a visit to the New River Lagoon isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the following table shows the closest options.

Attractions Near New River Lagoon
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary Other Attraction 6.8 mi. (42.1 km) E 26.2 mi. South of Orange Walk
Lamanai Mayan Archaeological Site Historic Site 9.3 mi. (30.2 km) N 18.8 mi. South of Orange Walk
Community Baboon Sanctuary Other Attraction 11.2 mi. (37.6 km) SSE 23.4 mi. Northeast of Belmopan
Rio Bravo Conservation and Management -- 12.2 mi. (48.0 km) W 29.8 mi. South West of Orange Walk

Location: Orange Walk District, Belize


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