1. WELCOME

2014/05/05

This isn’t really a blog. It’s a site containing all the transportation information I’ve gained while travelling around Belize. I try to keep the information up to date (disregard the dates under the titles).

Schedules and fares can change at any time; always confirm times before travel.

Exchange rate: BZ$2 = US$1

The photo above is the bus terminal in Corozal.

2. UPDATES

2014/05/05

28 October 2014 – Wifi on James Bus Line
“Commuters on the express line can now enjoy internet service free of charge, at least for now. The wi-fi services will be available to passengers when they travel from Punta Gorda to Belize City.”

http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/105470

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26 October 2014 – End of Daylight Saving Time in Mexico
In most of Mexico, daylight saving time begins on the first Sunday in April, and ends on the last Sunday in October (26 October 2014). Clocks are turned back one hour. In the Yucatan region of Mexico, Central Daylight Time (CDT) becomes Central Standard Time (CST), the same as Belize.

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15 October 2014 – Thunderbolt Water Taxi
The Thunderbolt water taxi will cease operation for approximately two weeks due to scheduled annual maintenance. Updates will be posted on the Thunderbolt Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Thunderbolt/599768420075529?sk=timeline

Update: Operation should resume on Friday 31 October 2014.

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Upcoming Holidays and Events – 2014
See Section 13 for a complete list of public holidays.

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16 April 2014 — Fuel Prices
Premium gasoline: BZ$11.75 per gallon
Regular gasoline: BZ$11.64 per gallon
Diesel: BZ$10.49 per gallon
These are the prices in Belize City; prices may be higher in the districts due to transportation costs.

3. BELIZE BUS INFORMATION AND SCHEDULES

2014/05/05

Bus travel is a very common mode of transportation in Belize, with many Belizeans relying on buses for daily commuting to and from work, school or shopping. Therefore, bus service along the main highways is frequent, usually hourly and sometimes half-hourly during peak travel times, and Belizeans don’t really need printed schedules. Only one bus company, Ritchie’s Bus Service, has a website.

In Belize City, Belizean and ADO buses arrive at and depart from the Belize City bus terminal (still commonly known as Novelo’s, the name of a former bus company) located on West Collet Canal. Express buses to Guatemala stop at the Marine Terminal near the Swing Bridge in Belize City. Other cities and town have a bus terminal or a central point where buses stop.

Most of the buses are used Bluebird school buses; not very comfortable, not air-conditioned, and not well equipped to handle luggage, but they are cheap! Air-conditioned buses are used on some Express runs. Buses operate on Sundays and public holidays, sometimes on a less frequent schedule.

Bus companies offer two types of service: “Regular” buses stop for passengers anywhere along the route, and “Express” (or non-stop) buses stop only at main towns. The final destination of a bus is displayed in the front window of the bus.

When boarding a bus at a terminal, just get on and find a seat. Buses tend to be crowded, so try to get to the terminal well before the departure time to be assured of a seat. Luggage can be stored in overhead racks, or at the back of the bus, or wherever the conductor says. Always keep an eye on your luggage because passengers often use the rear emergency door as an entrance or exit. I like to keep my luggage within arms reach if possible. Once the bus gets going, a conductor will collect the fares. If you’re on a Regular bus and want to get off, move to the front of the bus and tell the driver or conductor where you want to get off.

If you’re waiting on the side of a road and want an approaching bus to stop, wave an arm up and down (the bus will not stop if it’s an Express, it’s full or the driver doesn’t feel like stopping). After taking a seat, the conductor will collect the fare.

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All bus providers have been given permits to operate within assigned zones.

1. Northern Zone – Belize City to Corozal (135 km / 84 miles)

The bus companies authorized to operate on the highway in the Northern Zone are Albion’s, Belize Bus Owners Cooperative (BBOC), Cabrera’s, Chell’s, Frazer, Joshua’s, Morales, Tillett’s, T-Line and Valencia. Northbound buses depart from Belize City about every half hour beginning at 5:30 am; last departure at 7:30 pm. Many of the northbound buses continue to Chetumal. Southbound buses depart from Corozal about every half hour beginning at 3:00 am; last departure at 7:15 pm. All buses are Regular buses; no express buses. There is also bus service to the nearby villages.

The bus terminal in Corozal Town is located on the main highway, and about a 2 minute walk from the center of town. Here’s a link to a map of Corozal: http://www.northernbelize.com/map_cortwn.html

The red line is the main highway. Look for the number 1 in a circle. The bus terminal is on the upper left side of the circled number 1, on the curve in the highway. The buses to the villages wait on the other side of the market near the post office.

A Regular bus from Belize City:
to Orange Walk (87 km / 54 miles) is about 1.5 hours & BZ$5.00,
to Corozal is about 2.5 hours & BZ$9.00.

Bus service to Crooked Tree
Jex and Sons Bus Service provides bus service between Belize City and Crooked Tree.
Buses depart from Belize City Monday to Friday at 10:50 am and 4:45 pm; Saturday at 10:50 am; no bus on Sunday.
Buses depart from Crooked Tree at 6:30 a.m.
Trip time: about 1.25 hours
Fare: BZ$3.50

Bus service to Sarteneja
Here’s some information I received from a resident of Sarteneja on 24 June 2010:
Buses depart from the Swing Bridge (NOT the bus terminal) in Belize City on Monday to Friday at 10:30 am, 12:00 noon, 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm. On Saturdays, buses depart at 10:30 am, 12:00 noon, 4:00 pm. No bus on Sundays.
Same bus passes through Orange Walk, stopping across from the St. Christopher Hotel (NOT the bus terminal). Departure time from Orange Walk is about 1.5 hours after departure time from Belize City.
Buses depart Sarteneja on Monday to Friday at 3:30 am, 4:30 am, 5:30 am, 6:30 am. It is a good idea to check at the bus depot the day before to confirm how many buses are leaving the next day.
On Saturday and sometimes during the week and sometimes on Sunday, there is a bus to Chetumal which departs Sarteneja about 6:00 am and returns through Orange Walk (2:30 pm) at 4:30pm.

Also, the Thunderbolt water taxi that runs from Corozal to Ambergris Caye will stop at Sarteneja on request.

Bus service to Benque
A Valencia bus departs from Corozal Town daily at 3:00 am and goes to Orange Walk, Belmopan, San Ignacio and Benque (bypassing Belize City). The bus departs from Benque in the afternoon (I don’t have the exact time).

New Bus Run Between Benque & Northern Border (May 2013)
Operated by J&J Bus Line.
Departs from Benque daily at 4:00 am with stops at San Ignacio (4:30 am), Belmopan (5:20 am), Belize City (6:30 am), Orange Walk (8:15 am), Corozal (9:05 am) and Santa Elena border at 9:20 am.
Departs from Santa Elena border daily at 3:30 pm with stops at Corozal (3:45 pm), Orange Walk (4:45 pm), Belize City (6:15 pm), Belmopan (7:25 pm), San Ignacio (8:15 pm) and Benque at 8:45 pm.

Bus Schedules -- Northern Zone (click on image to enlarge)

Bus Schedules — Northern Zone (click on image to enlarge)

Bus Schedules -- Northern Zone (click on image to enlarge)

Bus Schedules — Northern Zone
(click on image to enlarge)

Bus Schedules -- Corozal Villages (click on image to enlarge)

Bus Schedules — Corozal Villages (click on image to enlarge)

Tillett’s Bus

A mini-bus that operates between Corozal and the border

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2. Western Zone – Belize City to Benque Viejo Del Carmen (130 km / 81 miles)

The bus companies authorized to operate on the highway in the Western Zone are BBOC, D and E, Guerra’s Bus Service, Middleton’s, Shaw Bus Service and Westline. Westbound buses depart from Belize City about every half hour beginning at 5am; last departure at 9:30 pm. There is also bus service to the rural areas. There is a main bus terminal in the central part of Belmopan. In San Ignacio, the buses stop in the central part of town.

A Regular bus from Belize City:
to Belize Zoo (29 miles) is about 45 minutes & BZ$3.00,
to Belmopan (50 miles) is about 1.5 hours & BZ$5.00,
to San Ignacio (73 miles) is about 2 hours & BZ$7.00,
to Benque is about BZ$8.00.

The image below is the bus schedule in 2009. The schedule was reorganized in June 2011, and National Transport Services Limited no longer exists (their runs were taken over by other bus companies). Until I get a copy of the new schedule, I’ll keep the old schedule posted. There should not be much difference in departure times, but the bus companies will be different.

Bus Schedules - Western Zone (click on image to enlarge)

Bus Schedules – Western Zone (click on image to enlarge)

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3. Southern Zone – Belize City to Dangriga (169 km / 105 miles) / Placencia (257 km / 160 miles) / Punta Gorda (338 km / 210 miles)

The bus companies authorized to operate on the highway in the Southern Zone are James Bus Line, G-Line Service, Ritchie’s Bus Service and Usher Bus Line. Buses authorized to operate in the rural areas of the Southern Zone are Chen Bus Line, Yascal Bus Line, Smith Bus Line, Richie Bus Line, Martinez Bus Line, Williams Bus Line, Radiance Ritchie Bus Line, and Polanco Bus Line.

A Regular bus from Belize City to Dangriga is about 3.5 hours & BZ$15.00.
A Regular bus from Dangriga to Placencia, is about 1.5 hours and BZ$5.00.

Buses between Dangriga and Hopkins (updated August 2014)
Buses depart from Dangriga Monday through Saturday at 10:30 am and 5:15 pm. On Sunday, only at 5:15 pm.
Buses depart from Hopkins Monday through Saturday at 7 am and 2 pm. On Sunday, only at 2 pm.
Fare: BZ$5

James Bus Line schedule can be found at 3 sources:
Hickatee site: https://www.hickatee.com/belize_bus_times.html
PGBelize: http://www.pgbelize.com/jamesbusline
The Toledo Howler: http://www.belizenews.com/howler/
Minor differences exist; I don’t know which one is the most accurate.

Ritchie’s Bus Service
Website: http://www.ritchiesbusservice.com/index.html
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ritchies-Bus-Service/364472070317324?ref=stream

The image below is the bus schedule posted in the Dangriga bus terminal in 2010. I’ll keep it posted until I get an updated image.

Bus Schedules — Southern Zone — posted in the Dangriga bus terminal — April 2010 (click on image to enlarge)

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4. Belize City

The bus service providers authorized to operate in Belize City, and the zones in which they are authorized to operate (the routes include the downtown area) are:

Arrow Line or Arrowline — West Landivar area.
Belize Intransit/Metro Bus Service  — West Landivar, Fabers Road, Kings Park areas.
Haylock Bus Service — Belama area.
Lemott Bus Service — Port Loyola Area.
Lopez Bus/Shuttle Service — Lake Independence Area.

Some buses are old Bluebird school buses, but some buses are modern, new looking, 25 to 30 seat mini-bus type vehicles, and appear to be in good condition. The Arrow buses are air-conditioned.

Fares are usually BZ$1 for adults and BZ$0.50 for children and students in school uniform. The fares for Arrow are twice those fares because the buses are air-conditioned.

Here are the links to two news reports with photos of the buses:
http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/47043
http://www.7newsbelize.com/sstory.php?nid=18752

4. OTHER TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS

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Taxi

Taxis in Belize usually don’t have any markings (although this seems to be changing), and I haven’t yet seen one with a meter. They can be identified by a green license plate that displays, in white, the letter “D” followed by four digits. Most are sedan type cars with a maximum capacity of 4 passengers, but there are some van type vehicles with seating for up to about 9 passengers. The standard fare for short trips in most cities and towns is BZ$5.00 to $7.00 per taxi (not per passenger). Fares for longer distances are sometimes negotiable.

Taxi License Plate

In some towns, there are also shared taxi vans (sometimes called colectivos in other countries) that provide transportation to smaller villages. These vans usually wait near bus terminals, and don’t depart until they are nearly full. Fares depend on distance, and are cheaper than taxi fares.

Shared taxi van – this one can can carry 6 passengers.

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Water Taxi

A water taxi is a boat, with seating for up to about 80 passengers, providing transportation across water. Water taxi trips are sometimes cancelled in rough conditions.

1. Water taxi between Belize City, Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye (see websites for schedules & fares).

a) Caye Caulker Water Taxi Association
This service operates from the Caye Caulker Water Taxi terminal on North Front Street beside the Swing Bridge in Belize City.
http://ccwatertaxi.com/

b) San Pedro – Belize Express Water Taxi
This service operates from the Brown Sugar Market at 111 North Front Street, a few hundred metres from the CCWT terminal.
http://www.belizewatertaxi.com/#!home/mainPage

c) Tropic Ferry
Tropic Ferry appears to be more of a private service that has to be arranged in advance. Passengers are met at the airport, driven in a private a/c vehicle to the boat (a 3 minute drive to a marina located across the highway from the airport), and transported directly to destinations on Ambergris Caye. The price is higher than a public water taxi.
http://www.tropicferry.com/

d) San Pedro Water Jets Express International
This service seems to operate only from the cayes to Chetumal, Mexico. Their runs between Belize City and the cayes appear to have been combined with Caye Caulker Water Taxi.
http://www.sanpedrowatertaxi.com/index.html

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2. Water taxi between Corozal and Ambergris Caye
The “Thunderbolt” water taxi departs from Corozal daily at 7.00 am, and departs from San Pedro daily at 3:00 pm. It also makes a stop at Sarteneja. Tickets are purchased at the pier before departure.
Try to confirm if the boat is operating. I’ve observed that on some Sundays, it hasn’t made the trip, and departures have been cancelled in the low tourist season.
Cost (updated April 2014): BZ$50 one way; BZ$90 return.
Duration: 2 hours.

Thunderbolt Water Taxi

Fares (click on image to enlarge)

Fares (click on image to enlarge)

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3. Water taxi service between Independence and Placencia.
The “Hokey Pokey” operates between Independence (Kingfisher Landing) and Placencia (MnM Hardware/Fuel Dock). Click the link for the schedule.
Telephone number for information: 523-2376 (Owner), 606-1501 or 601-8897.
www.aguallos.com/hokeypokey

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4. Water taxi providing service for Ambergris Caye:
Coastal Xpress Water Taxi: http://www.coastalxpress.com
That link might not work?
Tel: 226-2007, 226-3007
Email: coastalxpress@yahoo.com
Also offers cargo deliveries and private charters

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5. Water taxi service in Stann Creek
Happy Go Luckie Tours in Hopkins offers water taxi service from Hopkins to Dangriga (BZ$50), Tobacco Caye (BZ$50), Placencia (BZ$100) and other destinations (those prices seem to be per passenger based on groups of 3 to 6 passengers). It’s not a regular schedule; passengers must prearrange trips.
http://www.hgltours.com/

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Flight

Here are the links to the two Belizean airlines, a private charter company, and a helicopter service:
a) Maya Island Air, http://www.mayaislandair.com/
b) Tropic Air, http://www.tropicair.com/
c) Javier’s Flying Service, http://www.javiersflyingservice.com/
d) Astrum Helicopters, http://www.astrumhelicopters.com/

Here are the links to two airlines operating in Central America:
a) Avianca Airlines (has flights to Belize), http://www.avianca.com/
b) Copa Airlines (no flights to Belize), http://www.copaair.com

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Car Rental

This site has a list of car rental companies and some information about driving in Belize:
http://belizeretirement.org/travel-rentals.shtml

That is an old list and if some information is out of date, current information can be found under Automobile Renting in the Yellow Pages of the online Belize telephone directory (BTL’s e-Directory):
http://www.belizetelemedia.net/

Motorcycle Rental
http://www.alternateadventures.com/

Driving in Belize
All the main highways are paved, two-lane and well signposted (visitors might disagree about the signposting). A four-wheel drive vehicle is not necessary unless you plan to get way off the highways. Insurance is mandatory. If entering from a neighbouring country, insurance can be purchased at the border during office hours. Current gasoline prices are in the Updates section above. If coming from Mexico or Guatemala, it might be a good idea to fill up before entering Belize.

The Philip Goldson Highway (formerly called the Northern Highway) is the main highway from Belize City to Orange Walk, Corozal and the northern border. The maximum speed limit is 50 mph (80 kph).

The George Price Highway (formerly called the Western Highway) is the highway from Belize City to Belmopan, San Ignacio, Benque and the western border. The maximum speed limit is 50 mph (80 kph).

The Burrell Boom Road is a highway that connects the Philip Goldson Highway to the George Price Highway. It’s often used as a shorter route to go from the airport to Cayo District.

The Hummingbird Highway is the main highway from Belmopan to Dangriga. The maximum speed limit is 50 mph (80 kph), but with many curves and some one-lane bridges, it’s not safe to drive the maximum speed limit on much of this highway. If driving to Dangriga, this is the best route because it’s very scenic.

The Southern Highway is the highway from the Dangriga turn-off to Punta Gorda. The maximum speed limit is 50 mph (80 kph). There has been some roadwork in recent years, but I think it’s completed now, and the highway is sometimes blocked due to flooding at the Kendall Bridge. The road to Placencia is now paved. The road to Hopkins is unpaved.

Maps will show another road, the Coastal Highway, that runs from the George Price Highway (about halfway between Belmopan & Belize City) to the Hummingbird Highway near Dangriga. It’s not really a highway — it’s a gravel road through the bush, and there’s nothing to see except trees and dust, and nowhere to stop (no gas available). If travelling from Belize City to Dangriga, this is a shorter distance, but the road is not paved so you won’t be able to drive as fast as on the highway. The Coastal Highway is also used by large trucks that are sometimes reluctant to give way, and the road may be impassable in very wet conditions. If you plan to use this road, try to confirm the condition first. Some rental companies will not allow vehicles on the road. I would not recommend going via that road.

Some general safety tips…
On the highways, be aware of unmarked speed bumps near towns and villages. In wet conditions, the pavement can get extremely slippery due to the type of paving material. Be aware of pedestrians and cyclists walking & riding ON THE HIGHWAY, not on the shoulder. Be careful of that especially at night because lights and reflectors are seldom used. And there are some bad drivers in Belize — watch out for speeding buses. If driving at night, take more care because road lighting is poor (non-existent). The highways have white posts that act as mile markers.

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Transfer Service

A good option for travelling to some destinations is a transfer service. Here are some companies that offer a transfer/shuttle service:

a) Discounted Belize Shuttles and Tours,
http://discountedbelizeshuttlesandtours.com/index.html

b) Belize VIP Transfer Service, http://www.belizetransfers.com

c) George & Esther Moralez Travel Service,
http://www.gettransfers.com

d) Gibson’s Tours and Transfers,
http://www.gibsonstoursandtransfers.com/index.html

e) William’s Belize Shuttle,
http://www.williamshuttlebelize.com/index.html

f) Belize Transportation Services,
http://belizeshuttleservices.sanignaciotown.com/

g) Mayan Heart World
http://www.mayanheartworld.net/index.html

h) Teddy Bear Shuttle, http://www.teddybearshuttle.com/

i) Danielia’s Shuttle, http://danieliasshuttle.com/Webfiles/home.html

Some tour companies can provide a transfer service:
j) Cayo Adventure Tours, http://www.cayoadventure.com/
k) Mayawalk Tours, http://mayawalk.com/
l) Pacz Tours, http://www.pacztours.net/
m) Roam Belize, http://www.roambelize.com/transfers/

Another transfer service that had a negative comment on TripAdvisor a year or two ago:
Belize Shuttles and Transfers,
http://www.belizeshuttlesandtransfers.com/

One more that I haven’t seen advertised recently: ABC Shuttle

Advantages of a transfer service:
— pick up from almost anywhere, even Cancun airport
— transport directly to destination
— make stops along the way for food, toilets, sightseeing
— comfort; the ones I’ve seen have new looking vans with a/c
— easy; no waiting for buses or negotiating with taxi drivers
— the drivers I’ve seen are courteous and professional
— assistance with the border/immigration procedures
— safety; I’ve never heard of any negative incidents

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Cruise Ship

Here are links to cruise ship schedules. These are included as information for visitors who want to avoid tourist destinations on the days when cruise ships are here:

http://ports.cruisett.com/schedule/Belize/62-Belize_City/January_2013/

http://www.cruiseportinsider.com/belize.html#.UQBYTfK8559

http://www.cruisetimetables.com/cruises-to-belize-city-belize.html

5. GETTING PLACES IN BELIZE

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1. From the Airport to Belize City

There are no public buses from Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (PGIA). Taxi fare to Belize City is BZ$50.00 (or US$25) per taxi (not per passenger), and takes 15 to 25 minutes depending on traffic. Before exiting the airport, try to find another person to share a taxi and split the cost.

Here’s a link to a shuttle service that offers airport pick-up (I have no experience with this service):
http://www.belizeshuttlesandtransfers.com/Belize-City-Shuttles.php

The cheap option is to walk or taxi from the airport terminal to the Philip Goldson Highway (about 2.5 km) and wait for a bus. Upon reaching the T-intersection with the highway, Belize City will be to the right, so just wait anywhere on the side of the highway. Orange Walk, Corozal and Mexico to the left – if going there, cross to the other side of the highway and wait. When a bus approaches, wave an arm up and down to get it to stop. Express buses will not stop. The fare to Belize City is BZ$1 or $2, and the bus terminates at the bus terminal where you can change to a bus to another destination. The water taxi terminal is 1 km from the bus terminal, and an easy walk on sidewalks along main streets through the City. The Municipal Airport is about 3 km from the bus terminal; a taxi is advisable. Taxis wait in front of the bus terminal.

For a cheap way to get back to the airport, get a bus to the airport turnoff in Ladyville, and either walk the 2.5 km to the terminal, or look around for a taxi. Bus fare from Belize City is BZ$1 or $2, and the taxi probably won’t be more than BZ$10.

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2. To Old Belize or the Belize Zoo

In the Belize City bus terminal, look for a westbound Regular (not Express) bus; the final destination of BENQUE will be displayed in the front window of the bus, but you could take one with a final destination of BELMOPAN. Buses depart half-hourly. Just board the bus, and put luggage in the overhead racks or at the back of the bus. Always keep an eye on your luggage because passengers often use the rear emergency door as an entrance or exit. I like to keep my luggage within arms reach if possible. Let the driver and/or the conductor know where you want to stop. The conductor will collect the fare after the bus gets going. Old Belize is at about Mile 5 (about BZ$1.00 and 10 minutes), and the zoo is at Mile 29 (BZ$4.00 and 45 to 50 minutes from BC). Watch the white mile marker posts along the highway to see how close you’re getting.

After visiting Old Belize or the zoo, walk back to the highway and wait for a bus to your next destination. When you see a bus coming, wave your arm up and down to get it to stop. Express buses won’t stop. If you’re going back to Belize City, the bus will return to the bus terminal where there are taxis waiting outside the terminal.

More information can be found at:
www.oldbelize.com
www.belizezoo.org

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3. To San Ignacio or Benque Viejo del Carmen

In the Belize City bus terminal, look for a westbound bus (ask around and find out if there’s an Express bus); the final destination of BENQUE will be displayed in the front window of the bus. Buses depart half-hourly. Just board the bus, and put luggage in the overhead racks or at the back of the bus. Always keep an eye on your luggage because passengers often use the rear emergency door as an entrance or exit. I like to keep my luggage within arms reach if possible. The conductor will collect the fare after the bus gets going; should be about BZ$7.00. There will be a scheduled stop at Belmopan.

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4. To Orange Walk or Corozal

In the Belize City bus terminal, look for a northbound bus; the final destination of COROZAL or CHETUMAL will be displayed in the front window of the bus (some buses only go as far as Orange Walk). Buses depart hourly and sometimes half hourly. Just board the bus, and put luggage in the overhead racks or at the back of the bus. Always keep an eye on your luggage because passengers often use the rear emergency door as an entrance or exit. I like to keep my luggage within arms reach if possible. The conductor will collect the fare after the bus gets going.

If starting from the airport, it isn’t necessary to go back to Belize City to get a northbound bus. You could just go out to the highway and wait.

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5. To Placencia

From the Belize City bus terminal, there are a few options.

Option 1. The Ritchie’s Express bus departs Monday through Saturday at 3:30 pm. Trip time is 4 hours and the fare is about BZ$20.

Option 2. Get a James Bus Line bus (the final destination of Punta Gorda is displayed in the front window of the bus). This bus goes to Belmopan, Dangriga, then to Independence / Mango Creek, so it doesn’t actually go to Placencia. That part of the trip is about 3.5 hours and costs BZ$10 to $15. Get off at Independence / Mango Creek and get the Hokey Pokey ferry to cross the lagoon to Placencia. On a good map of Belize or Google Earth, the location of Independence can be seen south-west of Placencia. Be sure to reach Independence before the departure of the last ferry.

James schedule: https://www.hickatee.com/belize_bus_times.html
Hokey-Pokey schedule: http://www.aguallos.com/hokeypokey/

Option 3. Get any other westbound bus (the final destination of Benque is displayed in the front window of the bus). After about 1.5 hours, the bus arrives at the Belmopan bus terminal where it’s necessary to change to a southbound bus. There are frequent southbound departures by other bus lines, but I’m not up to date on the recent schedule changes, so the best thing to do is to get to Belmopan as early as possible and ask the bus terminal staff for the best option to continue.

The non-bus options are flight, transfer service, taxi and rental car.

6. FROM CANCÚN AIRPORT TO BELIZE AND BACK

2013/01/20

This is how I have done the trip from Cancún airport to Belize…

From Cancún airport, ADO Riviera airport shuttle buses depart approximately hourly to Playa del Carmen. Tickets are sold at an ADO counter in the airport just after exiting Customs, or from the ticket seller where the bus is parked. To get to the bus, go out of the airport terminal, turn right and keep going to the other end of the terminal. The bus trip is about 1 hour and costs MX$120 (as at January 2013).

The airport shuttle buses terminate in Playa del Carmen at the bus terminal at the corner of Quinta Avenida and Avenida Juarez (5th Avenue and Juarez Avenue). If continuing to Chetumal, get a taxi or walk to the other bus terminal (Terminal Alterna) at Avenida 20 and Calle 12. Sometimes the airport shuttle bus stops at Terminal Alterna on the way to the 5th Av. terminal.

Here’s a link to a map of Playa del Carmen showing the location of the two bus terminals:
http://www.travelyucatan.com/playa_del_carmen_mexico_hotel_map-a.php

From Terminal Alterna in Playa del Carmen, ADO express buses depart every couple of hours to Chetumal. The trip takes about 4.5 hours and costs MX$252 (as at January 2013). The bus might make stops at Tulum and Felipe Carrillo Puerto before terminating at the ADO bus terminal in Chetumal.

The options for continuing to Belize from Chetumal are Belizean bus, taxi and water taxi — see the next section, TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN BELIZE AND MEXICO, for details.

Other options from Cancún airport to Belize or Chetumal
Instead of getting a bus to Playa del Carmen, some travellers prefer to get a bus from the airport to the bus terminal in Cancún City where they can get an express bus to Tulum, Chetumal or Belize City. Cancún airport is located about 18 km south of Cancún City and about 50 km north of Playa del Carmen, so this means first travelling north to Cancún, then getting a bus back south, but it avoids the bus terminal change in Playa. A popular choice is the daily overnight express bus from Cancún bus terminal to Belize City.

A transfer service or private shuttle is another option. Here are links to some services:
a) Belize VIP Transfer Service, http://www.belizetransfers.com
b) Moralez Travel Service, http://www.gettransfers.com
c) Cancún Shuttle: http://www.cancunshuttle.com/
d) Cancún Express: http://www.cancun-express.com/
e) Cancún Airport Transfers: http://www.tucankin.com/

Tropic Air will begin flights between Cancún airport and Belize City, but has not announced a date yet.

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This is how I do the trip from Belize to Cancún airport…
I get a bus to Chetumal, but there are other ways (taxi, transfer service, water taxi). From the Chetumal ADO terminal, express buses depart every couple of hours to Playa del Carmen. The trip takes about 4.5 hours and costs MX$252 (as at January 2013).

The bus arrives in Playa del Carmen at the bus terminal at Avenida 20 and Calle 12 (Terminal Alterna). If continuing to Cancún airport, get a taxi or walk to the other bus terminal at Quinta Avenida and Avenida Juarez and get the ADO Riviera airport shuttle bus to Cancún airport. The bus trip takes 1 hour and costs MX$120 (as at January 2013).

Other options for getting from Belize or Chetumal to Cancún airport
A popular choice is the daily overnight express bus from Belize City to Cancún City because this bus stops at the airport (see next section for details).

Another option is the ADO airport express bus from Chetumal. Buses depart daily from the ADO Chetumal bus terminal at 00:30. The trip takes 5.5 hours and costs MX$342 (as at January 2013).

Other options are transfer service and Tropic Air flight (whenever they commence flights).

Always check the ADO or ticketbus website for up to date schedules and fares. The ADO site is in Spanish, but the ticketbus site has an English language option.
http://www.ado.com.mx/ado/index.jsp
http://www.ticketbus.com.mx/wtbkd/I18n.tb?language=en&region=US

Note 1: MX$ is Mexican pesos. On the Mexican bus websites, just the dollar sign is used to represent pesos.
Note 2: The ADO express buses have very good air-conditioning; dress warmly.

7. TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN BELIZE and MEXICO

2013/01/20

1. ADO Express Bus
In September 2011, the Mexican bus company ADO began two new daily services to Belize City – one from Cancún and one from Mérida. The ADO buses are first class with 44 comfortable seats, video, toilet and air conditioning that seems to have only two settings, off and freeze, so dress warmly. In Belize City, buses use the Belize City bus terminal (commonly known as Novelo’s) located on West Collet Canal. These buses do not go to Chetumal in either direction.

On the Cancún route, stops include Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Corozal and Orange Walk, but passengers are not allowed to use these buses to travel within Belize, for example, to travel from Belize City to Corozal. Passengers can board the bus at Orange Walk or Corozal only if their final destinations are in Mexico. On the Belize City to Cancún run, the bus stops at Cancún airport, but on the Cancún to Belize City run, there is no stop at Cancún airport.

On the Mérida route, also known as the Hospital route, stops include the most important hospitals in Mérida. As of January 2014, this bus runs only 4 days per week, departing from Mérida on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Cancún to Belize City
Departs from Cancún bus terminal daily at 10:15 pm with stops at Playa del Carmen (11:40 pm), Tulum (12:45 am), Corozal and Orange Walk. Arrives in Belize City about 6:30 am.
Fares to BC (Jan 2013): MX$496 from Cancún; MX$460 from Playa; MX$400 from Tulum.
Trip time: 8:10 hours from Cancún.

Belize City to Cancún
Departs from BC bus terminal daily at 7:30 pm with stops at Orange Walk (9:00 pm), Corozal (10:00 pm), Tulum (4:00 am), Playa del Carmen (5:00 am) and Cancún Airport (6:30 am). Arrives at Cancún bus terminal at 7:00 am.
Fares (2012): BZ$55.00 to Tulum; BZ$63.00 to Playa del Carmen; BZ$79.00 to Cancún.

Mérida to Belize City
Departs from Mérida Thursday through Sunday at 9 pm with stops at Corozal and Orange Walk.
Fare to BC (Jan 2013): MX$496
Trip time: 8:30 hours.

Belize City to Mérida
Departs from BC bus terminal Friday through Monday at 7:00 pm with stops at Orange Walk (8:30 pm), Corozal (9:30 pm), and the most important hospitals in Mérida (ORAM, Juárez, Clínica Mérida, Star Médica). Arrives at Mérida at 6:00 am.
Fare (2012): BZ$79.00 (one way).

Information & ticket sales in Belize:
Belize City: 636-5256, 669-9683
Orange Walk: 624-8200, 302-2240
Corozal: the MCD Art Shop (opposite bus terminal) opens at 8:30 pm to sell tickets; tel: 663-3014.
If dialing from outside Belize, the country code for Belize is 501.

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2. San Juan Travel Services, a Guatemalan company, provides Express bus service between Flores, Belize City and Chetumal. In Belize City, buses arrive at and depart from the Marine Terminal on North Front Street near the Swing Bridge, and are not scheduled to stop anywhere else in Belize. Buses operate on Sundays and public holidays. Not all buses are air-conditioned. The agent in Belize City for these services is Mundo Maya Travel located at the Brown Sugar Market Place on North Front Street, Belize City. Phone: (501) 223 1200(501) 223 1200 / 663 5957. Email: mundomayatravels@yahoo.com

Belize City to Chetumal (161 km / 100 miles / about 3 hours)
The foreign bus companies are not allowed to pick up passengers in Belize and take them to Chetumal.

Chetumal to Belize City (161 km / 100 miles / about 3 hours)
San Juan bus waits outside the ADO terminal and departs daily at 7:00 am; US$10.00
After Belize City, the bus continues to Flores, Guatemala (400 pesos from Chetumal to Flores).
(updated: 20 January 2013)

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3. Regular Buses Between Corozal and Chetumal
Several Belizean bus companies (BBOC, Chell, Gilharry, Russell, Tillett, T-Line, Venus) provide Regular bus service between Corozal and Chetumal. The buses are mostly used Bluebird school buses; not very comfortable, not air-conditioned and are not well equipped to handle luggage, but they are cheap! In Chetumal, buses wait at Nuevo Mercado (New Market), about 1 km from the ADO terminal.

Buses to Chetumal depart from Corozal bus terminal about every half hour beginning at 7:00 am; last departure at about 7:00 pm. Most of the buses that go to Chetumal originate from Belize City and Orange Walk. There are also small mini-buses and taxi vans that go from Corozal to the border.

Buses to Corozal depart from Chetumal about every half hour beginning at 4:00 am. I don’t know the exact departure time of the last bus from Nuevo Mercado, but it’s between 5:45 and 6:30 pm (Belize time).

Duration and cost: about 45 minutes (mainly due to the time it takes for a bus load of people to get through two immigration points), and about BZ$3.00.

Map of Chetumal showing the locations of the bus terminals and the water taxi pier (click on image to enlarge)

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4. Water Taxi Between Ambergris Caye and Chetumal
Two water taxi companies provide transportation between San Pedro and Chetumal, and both have connecting services to Caye Caulker. Check the websites for schedules and fares. Trip time: 90 minutes.

a) San Pedro Water Jets International:
http://www.sanpedrowatertaxi.com/index.html

b) San Pedro – Belize Express:
http://www.belizewatertaxi.com/

In low tourist seasons, the companies have operated on alternate days so only one boat per day. When daylight saving time is in effect in Mexico (April to October), the companies sometimes change their departure times. Confirm before travelling.

In Chetumal, water taxis use the main pier, “Muelle Fiscal”, which is close to the big Government building, “Palacio Gobierno”, at the waterfront. Check the map of Chetumal above for the locations of the bus terminals and the pier (also visible on Google Earth).

If arriving at the Chetumal ADO bus terminal, it might be possible to buy a water taxi ticket at the bus terminal, but then you might get pushed into an overpriced taxi. I’d just go outside to get a taxi, go directly to the pier and get prices from both water taxi companies (their offices are beside each other). It’s about 3.5 km from the ADO terminal to the pier. A taxi should take about 10 minutes, and cost MX$15 (that’s pesos). The taxi driver might not know about the water taxi, but he/she will know the pier. Write it down if you can’t pronounce it.

(updated: 24 January 2013)

Entrance to the Pier in Chetumal (click on image to enlarge)

Water Taxi Offices beside the entrance to the pier (click on image to enlarge)

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5. Flight Between Belize and Mexico
In March 2013, Tropic Air began flights between Belize City Philip Goldson International Airport and Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancún.

In March 2014, Tropic Air began flights between Belize City Philip Goldson International Airport and Mérida.

Check the Tropic Air website for schedule & fares.

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6. Renting a Car in Mexico and Driving to Belize
I have no personal experience with this, but here are the names of two car rental companies that allow vehicles into Belize:

a) CancúnRent a Car: http://www.cancunrentacar.com/
b) Europcar: http://www.europcar.com.mx/

In Chetumal, the Europcar Central office is located at or near Sam’s Club, and I think they have an office at the airport. They have one or two cars that are allowed into Belize.

In a travel forum, a traveller reported that Avant Rent a Car in Mexico allows cars into Belize. I haven’t confirmed this.

In Belize, drivers must have insurance. Insurance can be purchased at the border.

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7. Chetumal Bus or Taxi then Belizean Bus or Taxi

It is possible to travel from Chetumal to the border with a Chetumal bus or taxi. Buses depart from near the Museum of Maya Culture and cost about MX$10. A taxi from Chetumal city to the border takes about 15 minutes and costs MX$70. Depending on the driver, the taxi might proceed across the bridge and continue to the Belizean customs/immigration building. Wherever the taxi stops, it should be easy to find a Belizean bus/minibus or Belizean taxi to continue to Corozal. Bus fare from the border is BZ$1 or $2, and taxi fare is BZ$25 (but possible to negotiate a lower fare).

Chetumal City Bus — this one goes to Calderitas (click on image to enlarge)

8. BORDER CROSSING FORMALITIES

2013/01/19

Update 1: On 1 May 2010, Mexico’s National Immigration Institute implemented some changes to its immigration procedures. The FMT immigration form for visitors was replaced by a new form called Forma Migratoria Múltiple (FMM).

Update 2: Effective 1 January 2012, the Derecho de No Inmigrante (DNI) fee for the Forma Migratoria Múltiple (FMM) increased from MX$262 to MX$294 (that’s pesos). The website of Instituto Nacional de Migración currently shows the fee as MX$295.

Visitors entering Mexico must complete an immigration form called Forma Migratoria Múltiple (FMM). If arriving by air, the form should be issued on the plane, and if arriving at a land border, the form is obtained at the Immigration building. Fill in the information and hand it to the Immigration Officer. The Officer will keep one half of the form and return the other half which should be kept with your passport and handed in when you leave Mexico.

The FMM allows a maximum stay of 180 days, but it depends on the type of travel, i.e. tourist, transit, work, business, student, etc., and the Immigration Officer will write in the actual number of days a visitor can stay. Visitors who check the Tourist (Turismo) box on the form should get 180 days. Visitors who check the Transit (Tránsito) box might get only 30 days.

It is my understanding that there is a fee for the FMM. If arriving in Mexico by air, the fee is usually included in the cost of the airline ticket, so there is nothing more to pay in Mexico, either at a bank or at a border point. You should seek confirmation from the airline or ticket seller to ascertain if the fee has been paid. If arriving at a land border, the immigration officer should attach another piece of paper showing the amount to be paid. Mexican Immigration officials are not authorized to collect any money, so the DNI must be paid in pesos at any bank in Mexico. The bank will issue a receipt which should be kept with the FMM and presented to Immigration when leaving Mexico. The fee can also be paid at the Cancún airport when leaving Mexico. At the Subteniente López border (Mexico-Belize), the fee can be paid during working hours at the bank Banjercito located at the Mexican Customs compound.

According to the Embassy of Mexico in Belize, all foreign nationals who enter Mexico by air, road or sea must pay the DNI fee in three different cases:
1. Visitors who enter Mexico and stay more than seven consecutive days.
2. Visitors who enter Mexico and transit through to a third country regardless of the number of days in Mexico.
3. Visitors who enter Mexico with a Forma Migratoria de Visitante Local (FMVL) border card and stay more than three consecutive days.

Visitors who are exempt from paying the fee include:
1. Visitors who enter Mexico, stay for seven days or less, and return to the country of origin.
2. FMVL border card holders who stay less than 3 days.
3. FM3 and FM2 holders.

In January 2012, the Embassy of Mexico in Belize issued a Press Release stating that airlines are no longer authorized to collect the fee; therefore the fee must be paid by ALL airline passengers before departing Mexico. However, I understand that at least some airlines are still collecting the fee. This is the reason for seeking clarification from the airline or travel agent.

http://www.sanpedrosun.com/travel-and-tourism/2012/01/25/changes-in-entry-fee-to-mexico/

Front & back of the FMM (click on image to enlarge)

Front & back of the right side (visitor’s part) of the FMM (click on image to enlarge)

This is the form that the immigration officer should attach to the FMM when you enter Mexico. It shows the amount to be paid (if payment is required). Click on image to enlarge.

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CROSSING THE BORDER FROM CHETUMAL TO COROZAL

Visitors leaving Mexico by bus stop at a small immigration booth just before crossing the bridge to Belize. Passengers get off, without luggage, and present their passports with FMM and receipt to the immigration officer. Whenever I have crossed, he has always asked (in Spanish) for 100 pesos or US$10. I have heard that since January 2010, he has been asking for US$20 from all bus passengers, and currently he is asking for the full DNI fee.

Beware! This is a scam. Your passport might get stamped, but there is nothing to pay if the FMM fee has already been paid. THERE IS NO EXIT FEE, and this has been confirmed by the Embassy of Mexico and the Mexican Honorary Consul in Corozal. Visitors who hand over money will not get a receipt. Mexican Immigration officials are not authorized to collect any money. And, although no longer allowed, some visitors have reported still getting a double entry (doble entrada) stamp after paying US$20.

Passengers re-board the bus, proceed across the bridge over the Hondo River and stop at Belize Customs & Immigration. Passengers (with their luggage this time) go into the immigration building. For citizens of Canada, USA and many other countries, there are no visas or fees when entering Belize — you will get a stamp in your passport allowing a stay of 30 days. Citizens of some countries require a visa which must be obtained before entering Belize. After completing immigration and customs, re-board the bus.

Visitors wanting to stay in Belize longer than 30 days can go to the nearest immigration office and ask for an extension. The passport will be stamped again, allowing a stay of another 30 days. There is a fee for the new stamps; I think it’s BZ$50 (US$25) per stamp for the first 6 months, and BZ$100 per stamp thereafter. After 12 months, you might be asked to leave the country, or if you intend to apply for permanent residency.

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CROSSING THE BORDER FROM COROZAL TO CHETUMAL

Visitors leaving Belize by bus stop at Belize Immigration. Passengers, without luggage, enter the building and present their passports to Belize Immigration. For tourists who have been in Belize more than 24 hours, there is a fee of BZ$37.50 (US$18.75), payable in BZ$ or US$. This site explains the departure fees:

http://www.bmabz.com/

Passengers re-board the bus, proceed across the bridge over the Hondo River and stop at Mexican Immigration where they get off the bus with their luggage. If the bus is scheduled to continue to Chetumal, it will park about 50 to 100 metres further up the road, or maybe on a side street, and wait for passengers to complete immigration & customs. If in doubt, speak to the driver when you get off the bus.

Passengers go into the immigration building, get an FMM, complete it and present the completed form with passport to an immigration officer. After your documents are returned, exit the immigration building, and walk ahead to Customs. After Customs, re-board the bus. The fee for the FMM must be paid at a bank before you leave Mexico. Visitors in transit can pay at Cancún airport, although I’ve heard a few reports where visitors were not asked for money at Cancún airport.

9. TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN BELIZE AND GUATEMALA

2012/07/27

1. Fuente del Norte, Linea Dorada, and San Juan Travel Services (Guatemalan companies) provide Express bus service between Flores and Belize City. In Belize City, buses arrive at and depart from the Marine Terminal on North Front Street near the Swing Bridge, and are not scheduled to stop anywhere else in Belize. Buses operate on Sundays and public holidays. Not all buses are air-conditioned. The agent in Belize City for these bus lines is Mundo Maya Travel located at the Brown Sugar Market Place on North Front Street, Belize City. Phone: (501) 223 1200 / 663 5957.
Email: mundomayatravels@yahoo.com

Linea Dorada: http://lineadorada.info/

Flores  to  Belize City  (235 km / 146 miles / about 4 to 5 hours)
Fuente del Norte departs daily at 5:00 am; US$25.00
San Juan Bus departs daily at 5:00 am; US$ 25.00
Linea Dorada departs daily at 7:00 am*; US$ 25.00
* Departure of the Linea Dorada bus is sometimes delayed because it waits for a connecting bus from Guatemala City.

Belize City  to  Flores  (235 km / 146 miles / about 4 to 5 hours)
Fuente del Norte departs daily at 9:30 am; US$25.00
Linea Dorada departs daily at 1:00 pm; US$ 25.00
San Juan Bus departs daily at 2:30 pm; US$ 25.00

This is the schedule from the agent, but there is another San Juan bus that departs from Chetumal at 7 am, goes to Belize City then to Guatemala.

(updated: 24 November 2011)

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2. Regular Bus to Guatemala

Get a bus to Benque Viejo del Carmen, the last town before the border. Most of the westbound buses from the Belize City bus terminal will go to Belmopan, San Ignacio and terminate at Benque. You can board a Regular bus anywhere along the route; the final destination of BENQUE will be displayed in the front window of the bus. See Section 3 “Western Zone – Belize City to Benque Viejo Del Carmen” for more details.

The Regular buses don’t go all the way to the border, so it’s necessary to take a taxi (shouldn’t be more than BZ$10) or mini-bus/colectivo (shouldn’t be more than BZ$2) for the remaining 2 km.

Proceed through Belize Immigration. For visitors who have been in Belize for more than 24 hours, there is a fee of BZ$37.50 (US$18.75), payable in BZ$ or US$. Cross the border, proceed through Guatemala Customs & Immigration, and get a bus or taxi to your destination. Regarding an entry fee, I’ve heard various reports that there is a fee of 20 quetzals, 10 quetzals, and no fee.

The return trip is similar, and there is no exit fee for Guatemala and no entry fee for Belize. After Customs & Immigration, get to Benque where you can get a bus to San Ignacio, Belmopan or Belize City.

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3. Rental Car

I have no personal experience with this, but some car rental companies allow vehicles into Guatemala. Try Crystal Rentals or Thrifty.

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4. Flights Between Belize City and Guatemala

Tropic Air has daily flights between Belize City International (PGIA) and Flores. There is a connecting flight to Guatemala City with Transportes Aéreos Guatemaltecos (TAG). Check the website for schedules and fares: http://www.tropicair.com/

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5. Water Taxis Between Punta Gorda and Puerto Barrios

Requeña’s Charter Service & Watertaxi operates a watertaxi, “Mariestela”, between Punta Gorda and Puerto Barrios.

Departs PG daily at 9 am from the Municipal pier near the Customs & Immigration Office.
Departs Puerto Barrios daily at 2:00 pm from the pier near the Shell gas station.
Duration: 1 to 1.5 hours.
Cost: BZ$40.00 each way.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from Requeña’s office on Front Street (half a block north of the pier), or before departure from the Requena representative in front of the Customs/Immigration Office at the pier.

Contact: Requeña’s Charter Service & Watertaxi, 12 Front Street, Punta Gorda.
Tel: (501) 722-2070.
Email: watertaxi@btl.net
Website: http://www.belizenet.com/requena/

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Other water taxis:
Pichilingo
Departs Puerto Barrios daily at 10:00 am.
Departs Punta Gorda daily at 2:00 pm.
Duration: 1 hour.
Cost: BZ$50.00 each way (plus any exit fees).
(Updated: May 2014)

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Sharkboy
Departs Puerto Barrios daily at 1:00 pm.
Departs Punta Gorda daily at 4:00 pm.
Duration: 1 hour.
Cost: BZ$50.00 each way (plus any exit fees).
(Updated: May 2014)

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Tek-Dat
Departs Punta Gorda daily at 1:00 pm.
Departs Puerto Barrios daily at 3:00 pm.
Duration: 1 hour.
Cost: ?
(Updated: May 2014)

More information about water taxis can be found on these site:
https://www.hickatee.com/punta-gorda-water-taxi.html

The Toledo Howler publication on this site:
http://www.thelodgeatbigfalls.com/the_howler.php

10. TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN BELIZE & HONDURAS

2012/01/10

1. Water Taxi Between Belize City and Honduras
The Starla water taxi departs from the San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi terminal on Fridays at 9:00 am. It stops at Dangriga around 10:30 am and arrives at Puerto Cortes at 2:30 pm.
It departs from Puerto Cortes on Mondays at 11:00 am.
Fares: US$50 to Dangriga; US$75 to Puerto Cortes.
http://www.starlaferry.com/
http://www.belizewatertaxi.com/#!internationaltickets/c15gv

I’ve heard that the Pride of Belize water taxi is no longer operating.
Contact details from the telephone directory: Tel: 203-1050, email: info@prideofbelize.com
http://www.prideofbelize.com/

(updated: July 2014)

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2. Water Taxi Between Placencia and Puerto Cortes

The “D-Express” departs from the dock by the Shell gas station on Fridays at 9:00 am. There is a stop at Big Creek. Departure from Big Creek at 11:00 am. Arrives at Puerto Cortes, Honduras about 2:00 p.m.

Cost: BZ$110.00 (US$60.00) plus any exit fees.

Return trip: Departs Puerto Cortes, Honduras on Mondays at 11:00 am, but be early for immigration processing. Arrives at Placencia about 2 pm. Cost: 1000 lempiras (US$60.00) plus any exit fees.

Tickets available at the Placencia Tourism Center. Tel: 202-4506 or 523-4045. Email: placencia@btl.net

Check the website for updates and information about charters:
http://www.belizeferry.com

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3. Express Bus

1. Transportes Manabre Bus

Departs from front of Caye Caulker water Taxi Terminal, North Front Street, Belize City on Saturdays at 5:45 am.

Departs from the Belize Embassy in San Pedro Sula on Tuesdays at 7:00 am.

Duration: 12 hours.
Cost: US$70.00 one way.
Tickets must be purchased from Mundo Maya Travel.

2. Fuente del Norte Bus from Flores

Departs Flores daily at 6:00 am.

Cost: US$42.00
Duration: 8 hours

Information from Mundo Maya Travel, located at the Brown Sugar Market Place on North Front Street, Belize City.
Phone: (501) 223 1200 / 663 5957
Email: mundomayatravels@yahoo.com

(updated: 24 November 2011)

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4. Flights

On 12 March 2012, Tropic Air began flights between Belize City International Airport and San Pedro Sula, Honduras. In November 2013, Tropic Air added a Belize City – Roatan route.

Flights can be booked through the website, www.tropicair.com, by e-mail at reservations@tropicair.com or by telephone at 226-2012.

Also check Avianca Airlines:
http://www.avianca.com

11. EXPRESS BUS — SAN SALVADOR

2012/01/09

1. Emars Bus departs Belize City at 5:00 am (not sure if that’s daily).
Cost: US$70.00 each way.
Duration: 12 hours.
Tickets must be purchased from Mundo Maya Travel.

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2. Fuente del Norte Bus to Flores/Santa Elena (updated: 8 February 2014)
Departs San Salvador daily at 5:45 am.
Departs Flores/Santa Elena (to San Salvador) daily at 6:00 am.
Cost: US$30.00
Duration: 8 hours.

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Information from Mundo Maya Travel, located at the Brown Sugar Market Place on North Front Street, Belize City.
Phone: (501) 223 1200(501) 223 1200 / 663 5957
Email: mundomayatravels@yahoo.com

12. DISTANCES

2009/03/22

Distances by road:

Along the Northern Highway:

Belize City to Maskall Village: 63 km / 39 miles

Belize City to Orange Walk Town: 87 km / 54 miles

Belize City to Corozal Town: 135 km / 84 miles

Belize City to Santa Elena, Corozal: 150 km / 93 miles

Belize City to Sarteneja: 177 km / 110 miles

Belize City to Chetumal, Mexico: 100 km / 161 miles

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Along the Western Highway:

Belize City to Belize Zoo: 47 km / 29 miles

Belize City to Belmopan: 80 km / 50 miles

Belize City to San Ignacio: 117 km / 73 miles

Belize City to Benque Viejo del Carmen: 130 km / 81 miles

Belmopan to San Ignacio: 37 km / 23 miles

Belmopan to Benque Viejo del Carmen: 50 km / 31 miles

Belmopan to Flores, Guatemala: 235 km / 146 miles

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Belmopan to Dangriga: 89 km / 55 miles

Dangriga to Placencia: 89 km / 55 miles

Dangriga to Punta Gorda: 172 km / 107 miles

13. MISCELLANEOUS

2009/03/22

Belize City

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Holidays and Events in 2014
Wednesday, January 1 – New Year’s Day
Monday, March 10 – National Heroes and Benefactors Day (in lieu of March 9)
Friday, April 18 – Good Friday
Saturday, April 19 – Holy Saturday (Bicycle race)
Sunday, April 20 – Easter Sunday
Monday, April 21 – Easter Monday
Thursday, May 1 – Labour Day
May 2 to 4 – National Agriculture and Trade Show, Belmopan
May 17 to 18 – Cashew Festival at Crooked Tree
May 23 to 25 – Chocolate Festival of Belize, Punta Gorda
http://chocolatefestivalofbelize.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BelizeChocolateFestival
Monday, May 26 – Sovereign’s Day / Commonwealth Day (in lieu of May 24)
June 14 to 22 – San Pedro Lobster Festival
https://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Pedro-Lobster-Festival/172811686113460
June 27 to 29 – Caye Caulker Lobster Fest
https://www.facebook.com/cayecaulkerlobsterfest
June 27 to 29 – Placencia Lobsterfest
https://www.facebook.com/PlacenciaLobsterfestBelize

August 7 to 9 – Costa Maya Festival, San Pedro
August – Tres Pescados Slam Tournament, http://www.belizefly.com
Wednesday, September 10 – St. George’s Caye Day
Monday, September 22 – Independence Day (in lieu of Sept. 21)
October – Rum Festival at Orange Walk Town
Monday, October 13 – Pan American Day (in lieu of October 12)
Wednesday, November 19 – Garifuna Settlement Day
Thursday, December 25 – Christmas Day
Friday, December 26 – Boxing Day

Some holidays are observed on a different day than the date they actually fall on.

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Requirements for Permanent Residence in Belize (click on image to enlarge)

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Newspaper Ad for Maersk Line

14. WEBSITES

2009/03/22

Here are some other websites related to travel in Belize & Mexico.

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General tourism:

http://www.travelbelize.org/

http://www.pgiabelize.com/1.html

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Accommodation:

http://www.travelbelize.org/index.php?option=com_accommodations&Itemid=315

http://www.belizeexplorer.com/

http://www.belizehotels.org/

http://www.chetumalhoteles.com/hoteles.html

http://www.allmexicohotels.com/quintana-roo/chetumal/

http://www.travelyucatan.com/playa_del_carmen_mexico_hotel_map-a.php

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Maps

http://ambergriscaye.com/maps/

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Newspapers, radio stations & TV stations

http://belizenews.com/

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Weather & Climate

http://www.hydromet.gov.bz/

http://www.belizenet.com/weather/climate.html

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

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Travel Forums

http://www.belizeforum.com/

http://ambergriscaye.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/forum_summary.html

There is another forum on Lonely Planet, but I no longer provide the link because they do not treat all members equally.


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