Getting Around Belize: Transportation Tips
Belize is home to stunningly beautiful beaches and magnificent rainforests and jungles, but the good news is that the country is relatively small and easy to navigate. Measuring approximately 180 miles from north to south and just 70 miles from east to west, travelers can get to most destinations in three hours or less.
If you’re coming to Belize, here’s everything you need to know about getting around:
All international flights land at the Philip Goldson International Airport in Ladyville, approximately nine miles north of Belize City. From there, travelers can take domestic flights to more than a dozen airfields, including two located on the offshore islands. Belize has two airlines – Maya Island Air and Tropic Air – that are the sole providers of domestic flights.
Although fast (most flights are 30 minutes or less), flying domestically can be prohibitively expensive.
There is no “public” water transportation system, but a variety of private water taxi operators run regular routes. From the mainland, the water docks in Belize City connect to Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, and other nearby islands. There are also connections in southern Belize to ports in Guatemala.
The cheapest way to get around Belize is by public bus. With a nationwide network and busy schedule, public buses connect to nearly every town and village in the country. Known locally as “chicken buses,” public buses make frequent stops and are, therefore, the slowest way to get somewhere in the country.
Taxis can be hired to go to any destination in Belize, including private residences. Be aware, however, that taxi fares can be expensive and should always be negotiated before departure. All licensed taxis bear a green license plate.
The easiest way to get around Belize is with your own rental vehicle. Belize has three national highways that connect Belize City to major destinations like Belmopan, Benque Viejo del Carmen, San Ignacio, Corozal, Punta Gorda, Hopkins, Placencia, and Dangriga. Having your own car allows you to explore the country at your own pace, including the highly photogenic Hummingbird Highway. Vehicle rentals also make it easy to access remote sites like ancient Maya cities and national parks.
If you’re looking for a vehicle, Barefoot Rentals and Services has a wide range of cars, dirt bikes, and golf carts for rent. Barefoot Rentals and services also provides shuttle service and private ground transportation to and from any destination in the country.