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Getting Around Belize

The best ways to get around Belize are by car, water taxi, and plane. Taxis and rental cars are the most hassle-free mode of transportation around Belize City. Cabs and cars are also the easiest way to get to and from Belize City's Municipal Airport (TZA) or Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (PGIA), which are both located approximately one mile from central Belize City. Water taxis are another good mode of transportation as they provide access to Belize's numerous cays. Hopper planes operating out of Belize City Municipal Airport (TZA) also transport passengers to popular islands like Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. Attractions on the mainland are relatively spread out, but Belize itself is a compact country. Belize is equipped with commuter buses that transport passengers to popular things to do. However, these buses are typically run-down and routes can be difficult to navigate.

Water Taxi

You can access water taxis in Belize City, Ambergris Caye, and Caye Caulker. Tiny atolls and cays that are not as frequently touristed tend to require a smaller water taxi operation or a private boat charter. Caye Caulker Water Taxi Service, a trusted water taxi company, operates daily shuttle services between Belize City, Caye Caulker, and Ambergris Caye. One-way rides cost between $15 to $25 BZD (about $7.75 to $13 USD) depending on where you're headed.

Taxi

Taxis are affordable and easy to flag in Belize City and Ambergris Caye's main city, San Pedro. Taxi fares typically range from $6 to $10 BZD (approximately $3 to $5 USD). However, regular taxis have no standard look or fixed meter rate. You'll want to agree on a price before getting into the taxi. Cinderella Plaza Taxi Stand, Majestic Taxi, and Belize Marine Terminal Land Taxi Association are some reliable taxi companies operating throughout Belize City. On Caye Caulker, chauffeured golf-carts replace taxis. You can rent a golf cart for the day for about $100 BZD (roughly $51 USD).

Car

Belize City's four primary roads—the Northern, Western, Southern, and Hummingbird highways—are all easily navigable, making driving the ideal mode of transportation for visiting the outlying Mayan sites. Rental cars are easy to come by near the city's two major airports, as well as in San Ignacio, a major city in western Belize's Cayo District; however, you'll need to acquire an international driver's license in order to drive here. Rent a four-wheel-drive vehicle, as some roads leading up to the major Mayan sites are rustic, and rainy weather can make for challenging driving conditions.

Bus

Dozens of bus companies offer service along Belize's Northern, Western, Hummingbird, and Southern highways. However, there is no standard bus system in Belize City. Prices vary depending on distance, the company, and the type of service. Autotransportes De Oriente (ADO) provides transport from Belize City to areas in northern Belize, such as Corozal and Orange Walk, and nearby Mexican destinations, including Cancún and Playa del Carmen. Another reliable bus service, James Bus, offers daily transportation between Belize City to Dangria and Punta Gorda, located in Southern Belize near Toledo and Placencia.

Plane

Commuter airlines make traveling throughout Belize hassle-free. Tropic Air and Maya Island Air provide daily transport from Belize City Municipal Airport (TZA) or Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (PGIA) to popular destinations. Prices vary depending on the route, the airline, and the season.

Entry & Exit Requirements

You'll need a valid passport to visit Belize, and you can stay for up to thirty days without a visa. Visitors traveling home via plane must pay an exit fee of $39.25 USD, which is usually included in the price of purchased airline tickets. Tourists traveling on a cruise line are charged a $7 USD exit fee. Visitors exiting Belize at the Mexican or Guatemalan border must pay $15 USD for a 24-hour visit, and fees for crossing the border increase if the visit exceeds one day. For additional information, visit the U.S. State Department's website.

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