Getting around

 

Air

Maya Island Airand Tropic Airboth provide in-country flights to the cayes, Corozal, Dangriga, Placencia and Punta Gorda; both have good safety records and regular schedules. It costs less to fly from the Municipal Airport in Belize City than from the International Airport to the same destination. There is one exception: if making a connection for an international flight, it is cheaper to arrive at the International Airport, than to take a taxi the 10 miles from the Municipal Airport to the International Airport.

Airport information

The main international airport and arrival point is at Ladyville, 10 miles northwest of Belize City.

Road Bus

Public transport between most towns is by bus and, with the short distances involved, there are few long journeys to encounter. Trucks carry passengers to many isolated destinations. Most buses are ex-US school buses with small seats and limited legroom. There are a few ex-Greyhounds, mostly used for 'express' services and charters. It is recommended to buy tickets for seats in advance at the depot before boarding the bus. Most bus companies were acquired by Novelos, which went bust and is now called the National Transportation Company, www.nationaltransportbelize.com.

Car

Motorists should carry their own driving licence and certificate of vehicle ownership. Third-party insurance is mandatory and can be purchased at any border. Valid International Driving Licences are accepted in place of Belize driving permits.

Car hire

Only one car rental company (Crystal) will release registration papers to enable cars to enter Guatemala or Mexico. Without obtaining them at the time of hire it is impossible to take hire cars across national borders. Car hire cost is high in Belize owing to the heavy wear and tear on the vehicles. Drive carefully as road conditions are constantly changing and totally unpredictable, with speed bumps, cyclists and pedestrians appearing around every bend. When driving in the Mountain Pine Ridge area it is prudent to check carefully on road conditions at the entry gate; good maps are essential. Emory King's annually updated Drivers' Guide to Belizeis helpful when driving to the more remote areas.

Hitch hiking

While practised freely by locals, hitchhiking is risky and not recommended for travellers. If, however, this is your preferred mode of travel, be prepared for long waits and break the journey down into smaller legs.

Sea Boats

Several boats ferry passengers to the most popular cayes of Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye, with regular daily services from the Marine Terminal by the swing bridge in Belize City. Further south, boat transport is available at Dangriga to nearby cayes, with a service to Puerto Cortés, Honduras, also stopping at Placencia, as well as from Punta Gorda, with service to Puerto Barrios and Lívingston, Guatemala. In the north there is a daily service between Corozal and San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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