Caye Caulker Transportation Options

Transportation on Caye Caulker may be limited, but it is still easy to get around

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In recent years, tourism has grown substantially on Caye Caulker. Still, this small village remains much the same as it was before the boom, with a majority of the businesses being locally owned and a rule that prohibits regular-sized vehicles from driving on the island. Locals prefer to keep life this way, giving the island an “untouched” feel that makes it both desirable and sustainable. Transportation is limited on this tiny island, but that is all part of the appeal.

Getting There

By sea or by air, that's how you'll be getting to Caye Caulker, even if your overall plan is to make it a road trip kind of vacation. You can get to Belize City however you choose, but from there you'll need to book a flight to the local airport or make plans to hop aboard a ferry.

...most hotels offer bicycles...


Getting Around

There are no cars allowed on Caye Caulker, which means tourists will have to find other ways of getting around besides renting a car, hailing a taxi, or taking the bus. Fortunately, the width of the island can be traversed on foot in just 20 minutes. For those who prefer to have wheels of some sort, most hotels offer bicycles for their guests, and you also have the opportunity to rent a golf cart for between $60 and $80(USD) for a four-seater a day.

Air Travel

Caye Caulker is home to a small airstrip which features a 2,700 foot long concrete runway and not much else. As you can probably imagine, international flights to this spot simply do not exist. For this reason, tourists will first be flown to the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport in Ladyville, where they can transfer to a domestic airline and make the 15 to 30 minute trip to Caye Caulker. To learn more about the process, right down to which airlines land at both airports, click here.


Caye Caulker is a great destination for those who love the sea. You can sign up for a number of different water-based excursions, hire a crewed charter, and even sail internationally into local waters. Each option has different steps to follow, so if you're interested in participating in any one of them, click here to learn more.


Belize City Cruise Port, the only cruise port in the country, is a popular destination for cruise ships. During the height of tourist season, it isn't uncommon for six different ships to stop here each week. Some will even offer shore excursions to the small island of Caye Caulker, but if your boat doesn't, you can easily strike out on your own and take a ferry that way.


It may seem counter-intuitive to plan a road trip to an island not connected to the mainland by a bridge or causeway, doesn't have a car barge, and in fact, does not even allow cars on the island. Still, many people love the idea of driving through Central America, and it is absolutely possible to do so.

The trip from the United States/Mexico Border to Belize takes a full day without stops. When you arrive at the border of Belize, you'll need to present your passport, upon which you've registered your vehicle, and proof of vehicle ownership, lease, or rental. You will also need to purchase Belize Liability Insurance and a one-month importation permit before you will be allowed to cross.

Once granted access, you'll drive along the Northern Highway for 103 miles before you reach Belize City. You can also enter from Guatemala and drive 82 miles along the Western Highway. When you arrive in Belize City, head to the Marine Terminal where you can park your car and take a ferry to Caye Caulker.


Caye Caulker Water Taxi, along with a number of other ferry operators offer transportation between Belize City and Belize's cayes, including not only Caye Caulker but Ambergris Caye and St. George's Caye as well. To find out more about this service, visit our Caye Caulker Ferry Guide.

It doesn't take much work to plan for how you'll get around while you're on Caye Caulker thanks to the rules against large motorized vehicles, but you will need to take the time to review the options you have for getting there in the first place. Once you've done so, you're ready to begin making your vacation dreams a reality by booking your transportation.


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