A comercial paradise
Across the International Rio Hondo Bridge you will find Belize’s Free Zone. Commerce was established in 1994 by Belize in the district of Corozal, in order to attract foreign investment seeing as to how the businessmen are allowed to function without having to pay taxes. Thousands of consumers arrive each week and find a wide array of products that arrive from many exotic locations such as Panama, Hong Kong and China.
Although in the beginning the inhabitants of Chetumal would go just to fill their gas tanks, which was far cheaper, rather than to visit the 20 stores. However these days there are more than 300 businesses and they continue to expand in this commercial zone and attract thousands of buyers from all over Mexico. At the “Free Zone” it is possible to find anything from clothes to electronics and even food, alcohol and cigarettes. The buyer will be able to find amazing deals because of the lack of taxes.
Another big attraction is that along the periphery of the shopping area you can find a few casinos that bring people in from Belize and Mexico, who go there to try their luck at winning at one of the many slot machines or gaming tables.
How to arrive
By Car: Take the 186 highway leaving Chetumal and stay on the right hand side until you arrive to a turn about with a bridge over it, where you will take the second exit ( located on your left) and follow the road for about 4 km. The roads leading to this destination are constantly being repaired so please pay attention to road signs.
Public Transportation: In fron of the ADO bus terminal which is located behind the Museum of Mayan Culture you will find buses that take you to Santa Elena. These buses will leave you at the entrance to the Free Zone for a minimal cost.