Ambergris Caye Or Caye Caulker By Water Taxi | Getting Around Belize

Ambergris Caye Or Caye Caulker By Water Taxi

Ambergris Caye Or Caye Caulker By Water Taxi

Getting around Belize is a breeze. Some transportation methods are just more fun than others.

Visit Egypt and you may be transported by camel. Rhine River merchants still use barges to move people and goods in Germany. And what about guys in straw hats ferrying people around the watery streets of Venice, Italy? Every place on Earth seems to have its own unique transport method. Belize is no exception.

This Central American tourist capital offers tourists 450 cayes to explore, notes TripSavvy.com, so it stands to reason that the nation relies mightily on water taxis to get people where they need to go. Never took a water taxi? You’re missing out. Even the waves that accompany you make this transport unique and tranquil. On the other hand, if there’s no dock or shoreline to count on, buses are definitely the way to go.

Belize Water Taxis

Getting from the mainland to cayes by water taxi is an ideal way to get around and you don’t need a driver’s license or passport to use this service. Belize City is serviced by two companies. Both are dependable, inexpensive and fun to ride. They leave every other hour so planning in advance gives you adequate time to grab your ride.

Whether you patronize the San Pedro Belize Express or Ocean Ferry, both connect to Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye from downtown docks. Travel around 1.5-hours to reach Caye Caulker and around 2 hours to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. Of course, not every destination you seek can be accessed by water. That’s where buses come into the picture and Belize is well served by this form of mass transit.

Bus travel Between Belize City and Northern Belize

The Northern Highway links Belize City to the nation’s northernmost destination, Corozal. This route begins at the Mexico border and snakes through Corozal Town, Orange Walk Town and some smaller villages before you land in Belize City. Take the bus and you’ll spend around 3 hours on the road if you travel between Corozal and Belize City, but you gain an hour’s advantage if you board at Orange Walk.

Travel by bus between Western Belize and Belize City

The Western Highway starts in Benque Viejo del Carmen, a town close to the Guatemala Border. Travel through San Ignacio and Santa Elena plus quaint villages before arriving in Belize’s capital city of Belmopan. The Benque-to-Belize bus journey takes 3 hours; San Ignacio to Belize City 2.5 hours, and if you’re going from Belmopan to Belize City, you’ll arrive in around an hour.

Travel to Belize City from Southern Belize

The Southern and Hummingbird Highways are southern Belize’s two essential arteries. Buses connect Belize City to Stann Creek, Toledo and Belmopan on this time schedule:
-It takes about 6.5 hours to get from Punta Gorda to Belize City
-Travel around 5 hours by bus between Placencia and Belize City
-The Independence/Mango Creek area is 4.5 hours away from Belize City
-The Dangriga to Belize City route takes around 3 hours.

Save some bucks

Who wouldn’t want to get around by water taxi if the places you want to travel are on either route? But you will have to settle for a bus if you’re connecting to Belize City from points north, west and south. However, a bonus is yours if you take that water taxi. Save $10 by booking a round trip—-especially if you can get where you’re going via the San Pedro Belize Express where newer boats make journeys more pleasurable.


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