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.


Located on the eastern outskirts of Orange Walk District, south of Lamanai, New River Lagoon happily welcomes residents and vacationers who are lodging in this area of Belize. Regardless of whether or not you're staying in this location, you should think about stopping by to enjoy a great time. If you're curious, Orange Walk is 28 miles (45 kilometers) to the north.

Nearby Restaurants

The neighborhood near New River Lagoon is not precisely known for its array of food and beverage options, but vacationers willing to explore might happen upon a location to enjoy a meal. The closest restaurant to New River Lagoon is Bushy's Place, which has a menu full of Belizean meals.

Nearby Attractions

Other nearby activities include Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, which is seven miles away Orange Walk District. You might also want to think about heading to Lamanai Mayan Archaeological Site, which is another attraction in the vicinity.

Being able to choose from some other activities will ensure you won't run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

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

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