Corozal Town Belize Real Estate
The nearest town to Consejo Shores is Corozal Town, situated alongside beautiful Corozal Bay. Corozal is located seven miles south of Consejo Shores, nine miles from the Mexican border and Chetumal, capital of Mexico's Quintana Roo and 85 miles north of Belize City. With a population of around 10, 000, the town is situated between two scenic rivers, the New River and Rio Hondo. The area boasts a rich Mayan heritage with ruins and artifacts still being discovered. Sugar cane, papaya and livestock production are the economic mainstays. However, an emerging economy in Corozal is increasingly based on services and importing goods to the more than 200 outlets within the Duty-Free Zone, located at the Mexican border. Additionally, the area is increasingly earning more income from real estate and tourism.
Because of its close proximity to the Mexican border, Corozal Town has a distinctly Latin feel, and Spanish is the native tongue for many, although most everyone speaks English and the indigenous English-Creole dialect. Corozal District is Belize's fourth largest populated area, with 35, 000 residents. There are secondary and tertiary schools in the Corozal District, which is home to a growing community of North American retirees.
Three of Belize's banks, Scotia Bank, Belize Bank, and Atlantic Bank, have branches in Corozal Town, and Belize Bank has an ATM that works with foreign-issued ATM cards. The town has a Rotary Club and a few other local organizations of interest to foreign residents. An informal expat association meets monthly for lunch. Attendance is usually around 40 to 50 people. Some foreign residents take courses at Corozal Junior College. Tuition costs are nominal. Corozal Town has a small public library. Local cable TV has more than 30 channels, some in Spanish but most in English.
One of the hallmarks of Corozal Town is the Clock Tower, located in Central Park. Government buildings, banks, a library, a small police station, and two churches surround this well-landscaped park. The park is also a favorite meeting and gathering place for the towns' people. There are shady spots and benches for resting, and there are food stands where you can get tacos and even fresh squeezed orange juice.
In Corozal, everything is close to the sea, including several seaside parks, the market, and Corozal's history museum. One particular museum exhibit displays Maya artifacts in a traditional 1800's market setting. A long and well-maintained stretch of beach, linked to Central Park, provides picnic tables, rain shelters, and a playground.
Like everywhere else in Belize, the multi-national blend is evident everywhere: Mestizo, Mayan, Creole, Garifuna, East Indian, Mennonite, Asian and American Expats all call this tranquil, seaside-community home.