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Stephen Honeybill of Crimson Orchid Inn – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Paddle boarding, Crimson Orchid Inn, Corozal, Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe kayaking, rafting, and canoeing in Corozal are excellent. On Corozal Bay, you can go out paddleboarding and kayaking on any day of the year. We are on the lee side of the land, so we very often have totally flat water here in Corozal. If the wind swings around to the north, we’ll get waves, but because of the depth of the bay, we don’t get big waves close in, so you have to go about a mile up the bay before you get any sort of real wave action.
 
In the town of Corozal, which is facing directly into the trade winds all the time, there is a little more build up, but I often see people swimming around the town. They just jump into the water and play in it. They take small boats with drafts of 3 feet, which is probably the safest depth that you could go, although with careful navigation, you can bring boats of 5-foot drafts quite easily.
 
There’s one little caveat to that. If you’re used to navigation aids, then you might have difficulties in Belize. There’s only one navigation aid that I remember other than a couple of channel markers in Belize City. There’s a marker way down south that was on a test that I had to take to become a boat captain.  Basically, around Belize, don’t go looking for signs of any navigation aids whatsoever. You’re just not going to find them.  
 
(Paddle board, Crimson Orchid Inn, Corozal, Belize, pictured.)
Daryl Blomdahl – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
New River through Corozal district, Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingI’ve not gone kayaking around Corozal but I certainly will in the future. Kayaking is readily available and there are plenty of places to go. The Corozal area has rivers so you could kayak up the rivers or out into the bay.   There are a couple of different bridges so there were rivers that probably came from the Mayan mountains that I would assume flowed out into the bay.
 
In downtown Corozal or other places, there are places where you could rent kayaks, paddleboats and regular boats etc., and it’s not crowded, and even if you do run across somebody, the chances are they can be quite friendly anyway.
 
If you go out of Corozal Bay it will take you about two hours by boat to get to San Pedro, on Ambergris Caye, which is a fun little town with a lot going on. San Pedro is not far from the reef and they’ve got all sorts of wonderful stores, shops and restaurants. 
 
From my experience Corozal Bay was very calm in the morning and in the afternoon it would get a little choppy and in the late afternoon it would settle down and go calm again. It’s a fairly large bay. You almost feel like you’re out in the ocean, which, I guess, technically you are. We t preferred to go out in the morning and in the late afternoon, when it was more calm.  
 
(New River through Corozal district, Belize, pictured.)

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