Getting Around Belize on Local Transport
Nothing ruins the pleasure of a vacation abroad faster than struggling to get around after you’ve landed. In Belize, it’s always simple, easy, and affordable to get to your destination. A relatively small country, Belize has roughly the same area as Vermont, allowing visitors to quickly get to the top attractions and sites. Whether you plan on flying, using private ground transportation, taxis, or riding a bus, this guide is for you.
Renting a Car
One of the hidden pleasures of a vacation in Belize is when you rent a car, giving you the freedom and flexibility to investigate small side roads and more remote attractions. Most of Belize is gorgeously unspoiled nature, making the scenic panoramas from the road half the fun of visiting the country. Locally-owned and operated companies like Barefoot Rentals and Services have a full range of rental vehicles to choose from, including SUVs, motorbikes, scooters, and golf carts.
Domestic Air Travel
Belize has two domestic air carriers: Tropic Air and Maya Island Air. These two airlines provide comprehensive service to all of the top towns and tourist destinations, including the Belize City International Airport, Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, Dangriga, Placencia, Punta Gorda, Corozal, San Ignacio, and Caye Chapel.
With multiple flights throughout the day, you can definitely get just about anywhere within an hour or less by flying with one of Belize’s domestic carriers. That convenience, however, comes with a price as relying on “puddle jumpers” to get around is the most expensive way to travel within the country.
Belize has a well-established network of inter-city buses that connect every village and town in the country. Regularly used by Belizeans to affordable get across the country, navigating the system can be somewhat daunting for first-time visitors. The fare for most buses rarely exceeds $10 USD, but accurately making connections and learning itineraries can be a challenge. Buses also make regular stops, so don’t rely on this form of transportation if you’re in any kind of a hurry.
All licensed taxis in Belize have a green number/license plate on their vehicles. Taxis are easy to find, especially in areas of the country that are popular with visitors. You’ll have to negotiate the fare ahead of time, but most taxi drivers will be willing to take you just about anywhere in or across the country. Jumping in a taxi is probably the easiest way to get anywhere in Belize, but cross-country can be expensive.
If you would like more information about the best ways to get around Belize, please feel free to contact Barefoot Rentals and Services. The Barefoot staff will be happy to help plan your itinerary and assist you in finding the best way to get to your destination.