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Serpon Sugar Mill

SERPON SUGAR MILL    Serpon (114 acres)serpon-sugar-mill-06

Serpon Sugar Mill is the country’s first historical reserve.  Hidden in the jungle one mile in on the access road to the village of Sittee River is an important landmark in Belize’s colonial history.  It is the remnants of the steam powered Serpon Sugar Mill which was established in 1865, marked the start of Belize’s industrial era.  The mill was bought by William Bowman and it, along with the Regalia, bought and owned by an American, fueled Belize’s economy for about thirty years.Estimates are that at its peak, the Serpon Sugar Mill was producing and shipping 1,700 pounds of sugar a month.  In the late 19th century, Serpon was a technological marvel with its main crusher, boiler, beam engine, furnace, and hot air exchanger – all powered by steam.  That was a breakthrough when compared to the manual process used previously by the Mestizos and Mayans. 


From Belmopan, take the Hummingbird Highway for 45 miles until you reach the Southern Highway Exit.  Turn right onto the Southern Highway and travel an additional 10 miles (1/2 hour) until you reach the Sittee River Village access road.  Turn left onto the Sittee River Road and continue for approximately 1 mile.  Serpon Sugar Mill is located on your right approximately one mile down.

Opening Hours

365 days in the year from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Fees & Reservations

Belizeans: BZD$5.00
Non-Belizeans: BZD $10.00
Belizeans enter FREE on Sundays and Public and Bank Holidays, bring along some form of ID.
School Groups and Government officials need to contact the IA office prior to their visit for official Pass.


Free Parking


Picnic Pavilion


Flora & Fauna

Visitors Center
& Museum

Filming /Permits

All Commercial Filming requires a Film Permit. For further information contact the Institute of Archaeology
Wedding Ceremonies – Fee & Permit required  Contact Institute of Archaeology