There are plenty of ways to get around in Belize. For long distances, planes and buses make travel easy. For more local travel, take a bike, taxi, or ferry. Alternately, rent your own transportation.
Belize is extremely easy to reach from North America. With plenty of flights, cruises, and even roads to get you there, it shouldn't be any trouble at all. Or, if you're the seafaring type that likes to strike out on your own adventure, considering renting or sailing your own yacht to Belize's coast.
Air travel is without a doubt the easiest way to travel abroad. More often than not, the airline will absorb any fees that the country charges to enter or leave, and they typically make it clear which documentation you will need when you arrive at your destination. Simply arrive on the airport, get on the plane, and several hours later, you are officially on vacation.
Flights arrive at several Belizean airports from surrounding Central American countries, as well as from the U.S. Belize City sees the most traffic from international travelers, who can then hop around the country via small commuter planes.in
Before you leave Belize, it is important to be aware that you will be charged a small departure fee. As aforementioned, this fee is often included in the cost of your flight, but check with your airline to be sure. Read more about air travel to Belize here.
Sailors should make sure that they pass through all of the proper channels when entering and exiting Belizean waters. There are plenty of rules and procedures to be aware of, whether the yacht is your own or is a charter. One of the fun ways that visitors like to sail to Belize is aboard a Party Boat. Often, guests hire them to host parties for anniversaries or birthday celebrations. This way is like having your own personal cruise with all of the people you love in the world. More information about sailing and yachting to Belize can be found here.
Cruises are another popular way to reach Belize. These floating hotels provide transportation, a place to stay, and plenty of pre-planned activities both onboard and on land. Why, of all the travel options, is cruising so popular? It might have something to do with the close proximity the cruise ship gets to the second largest barrier reef in the world. Just knowing they are in the same waters as these reefs is enough for many. Another driving factor is the ability to tour Belize as a smaller piece of a larger vacation package in which you visit several different Caribbean countries. Whatever the reason, cruising to Belize can be relaxing, cost effective, and just plain fun.
...spend a bit of time on the open road...
Car rentals are another popular option, but are expensive on their own. Insurance and gas prices will drive your rental costs up even higher. Budget-conscious travelers should look at public transportation rather than car rentals. Still, if renting a car is in the cards for you, expect to pay up to $150(USD) a day for your vehicle, and make sure to familiarize yoursef with local driving laws before you hit the road by viewing our Rental Car Guide for Belize.
Bicycles are used around town, but can also be used as mountain bikes. The one drawback to bikes is the tendency of bumpy Belizean roads to cause flat tires. Mopeds and scooters, meanwhile, are hard to come by in Belize. This region of the Caribbean has yet to discover the merits of the one and two-seaters that allow you to zip around quickly and efficiently. While you may get lucky and happen upon a rental company that has these on hand, don't count on it.
Taxis are fairly cheap and quick to use in Belize. In order to ensure you are actually getting into a designated taxi, take note of the bright green license plate. This is important to note, as each of the cities in Belize utilize their own cab services. Because of this, there is no prive designation throughout the country, and top top is off, they are no metered. Just make sure to settle on a price with your driver before taking off, and you should be all right.
True, local airlines generally offer quick and convenient service. However, buses offer a more cultural glimpse of Belize and are also the best option for travelers on a budget, as they have extremely low prices for long-distance travel. If you plan to use the bus system to travel locally, note that large cities have pretty regular bus schedules, but smaller towns offer maybe once daily trips. The fun thing for U.S. tourists in Belize is that they will recognize the buses used in Belize. Hand-me-down school buses and greyhounds are just about all you will see driving the streets here.
Ferries and water taxis go places that land-based transit cannot and are a nice way to catch a glimpse of the Caribbean. There are several small islands and cays off the coast of Belize that you won't to miss, like Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye. The only way to visit these spots is by taking a ferry. Trips can last up to 90 minutes and cost between $8 and $20(USD).
No matter how far you want to wander or how quickly you want to get there, there's a mode of transportation to suit your needs.
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