How to Ride a Taxi in Belize
Belize filled with amazing sights and friendly people. Getting around is easy. If you’re staying on one of the islands, you might decide to walk everywhere and enjoy the white sand beneath your feet. Some places, like Ambergris Caye, have water taxis. Tourist can rent a car or bike. However, for many visitors, the best option is a taxi.
Taking a taxi lets you live like a local and is a great way to rub shoulders and talk with Belizeans since taxis tend to be shared.
Catching a cab is easy – in fact, a lot of times they will honk at you to let you know they have space available. When you hear a horn, how do you know it’s a taxi? By the green license plate.
So, how do you ride a taxi like a local? Here are some things to be aware of:
- To hail a cab – stand by the side of the road in the direction you want to travel. Taxis with room for a passenger will either honk or flash their lights. Wave to have them stop.
- Ask what the fare is to your destination before you get in the taxi. This prevents any misunderstandings.
- The fare is typically a set fee and everyone pays for themselves. In this way, riding a Belizean taxi is more like taking an American bus than an American cab. Don’t try to negotiate your cost based on the number of passengers.
- When you enter, it is considered polite to say a friendly greeting.
- Don’t complain if you feel crowded and try to respect everyone else’s space.
- Allow yourself ample time to get to your destination as there may be detours along the way depending on where other passengers are disembarking.
- Make sure you have small bills available, and be ready to hand the exact amount to the driver when he lets you off. Usually, the fare will be less than $20 BZ. Since the driver may not have change, it’s best to be prepared. It’s not customary to tip, so you won’t need to worry about that.
By following these simple rules, you’ll be able to take a taxi in Belize like a local. Just be aware that taxis can be hard to catch after dark, so plan ahead. And, if you end up taking a taxi on one of the Cayes – you’ll be riding in a golf cart! So be prepared for that!