Getting to Belize
Getting to Belize
From the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America, international flights to Belize are available from Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Los Angeles, and All Central American Countries. The major airlines servicing Belize are: American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, US Airways and Grupo Taca.
Driving to Belize can be an adventure with much to see and do. Depending upon the route taken, the trip from the US through Mexico is between 1350 -2000 miles. Traveling to Belize via Cancun, Mexico City and Chetumal is comfortable, relatively fast and inexpensive. All-weather highways connect Mexican cities with the border city of Chetumal from which there are regularly scheduled buses to Belize City. Regular bus services operate between Tikal and Flores in Guatemala and Belize City.
For travelers touring Central America, traveling to and from Belize by boat is a viable option. There are regularly scheduled water taxis that shuttle from Dangriga and Puta Gorda in southern Belize to Guatemala and Honduras.
For a one-day visit to Belize, many of the major international cruise lines offer Belize as a popular port of call on their weekly itineraries. A short visit with a cruise line will entice you to return for a longer stay.
The most time efficient option for travel within Belize is by small airplane. Regularly scheduled flights cover the country and provide passengers with a vantage point that leaves many wishing the flights were longer. Local airlines include: Tropic Air, Maya Island Air, Javier’s Flying Service and Caribee Air Service. Astrum Helicopter Service also provides charters throughout the country.
The least-expensive way to get around Belize is by bus, with Belize City and Belmopan serving as the Central bus depots for travel to the districts. Buses travel to and from the towns several times daily with stops along the highway at villages and visitor attractions. However some of the more remote villages may have only daily service. Please check for altered schedules on Belize’s major holidays.
Belize’s major highways are paved and offer breathtaking views of the Belizean countryside. Many of the side roads to villages and attractions are graded dirt roads. Belize traffic laws are standard international laws and all driving in Belize is done on the right side of the road.
Rental Vehicles are available at the PGIA airport and in many towns. Drivers must hold a valid international driver’s license which can be used for up to 90 days. Gas stations are located in major towns and cities but are less common on the highways and in the villages.
Both the Belize Marine Terminal and Fort Street Tourism Village Water Taxi Terminal provide hourly water taxi service to the popular island destinations of Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye. Licensed tour operators offer tours and transfers from Belize City, Dangriga, Hopkins, Placencia, and Punta Gorda to the outer atolls and island offshore.