GETTING HERE, GETTING AROUND & GETTING A PLACE TO STAY

Belize is easier to get to than many people think. Travel agents are fast becoming aware of the mysteries of Belize and as a result, airlines are opening up more flights. You can fly direct to Belize City from Miami, Los Angeles, New Orleans or Houston. If you are coming from almost anywhere else in the United States, Canada or Europe, your travel agent can get you here easily and economically. Traveling from South America is usual done via TACA International, and once again can be arranged through your travel agent.

If you are vacationing in Mexico or somewhere close like Guatemala or Costa Rica, flight excursions are very economical and easy to arrange. If you are visiting the very popular vacation destination, Cancun, Mexico, or considering it as a connection to Central America, it's especially easy to travel to Belize. From Cancun you'll arrive in Belize City in about one hour and fifteen minutes by flight. From Belize City there are flights every hour to San Pedro which take about 15 minutes. If you are not in a hurry or are budget conscious you could bus from Cancun to Belize City (about $25US and 10 hours). Flight prices to Cancun vary from point of departure and from high to low season, but are relatively constant from Cancun to Belize City year round. Return flights from Cancun to Belize City are under
$200US.

The alternative to travel by air once in Mexico or Central America is travel by bus. Again, your travel agent will have information on this economical and easy way to travel.

Once arriving in Belize City, whether at the International or Municipal airport, or at the bus station, travel through Belize or to the Cayes is easy. Getting around Belize City or any other hub in Belize can be done by taxi and there are a lot of them around. Just make sure you get in the habit of confirming the flat rate before you get in.

Traveling by bus is popular for those on a budget, especially going to or from Belize. Travel within Belize can be done easily and at a great rate. Bus schedules and rates can be obtained through Batty Brothers Bus Service Ltd. at 15 Mosul Street, Belize City, telephone number (011-501) 2-73354/2-77390.

Renting a car is another option. In the interior, your own transportation allows you to visit wildlife reserves and Mayan ruins sites on your own agenda and at your own pace. Car rentals can be expensive, especially due to the hefty damage deposit usually required. Fuel is another source of expense. Also, some road conditions can be less than great and often rainstorms can render some roads impassable. Traveling by car, however, is safe and for those eager to find their own adventure it may be worth considering.

Now that you have arrived in Belize, it's time to make your way east, to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. Traveling to any of the Cayes can be done by sea or by air.

Water Taxi's are available from the mainland. This is the most economical, but not the fastest mode of transportation. There are several different operations that provide the service and between them all, scheduled and unscheduled service is frequent. Water Taxi fares average $10US each way from Belize City to San Pedro.

Small propeller plane service has also been set up to cover most of Belize. It is the most popular mode of travel both inland and to the Cayes. Airfare is competitive and the stiff competition between the main domestic airlines has created a high level of efficiency. The tiny aircraft arrive on time and few flights take more than a half an hour. Travel to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, can be done through the International or Municipal airport. Return flights to San Pedro from the International average $84US and return from the Municipal average $42US. Taxi from downtown Belize City averages $15US to the International airport, just north of the city and to Municipal airport between $2.50US and $5US. Flights leave every hour, but reservations are recommended. Services can be confirmed through either Tropic Air at P.O. Box 20, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, telephone number (011-501) 2-45671 and US reservations number (800) 422-3435/(713) 449-5230, or Island Air at General Delivery, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, telephone number (011-501) 02-31140.

While in San Pedro the most popular mode of transportation is by golf cart. They can be rented by the hour or the day. Bikes can also be rented but the most common way of getting around is barefoot along the sandy roads of San Pedro. Water taxis are available for resorts and restaurants on the northern and southern parts of the island. There are also some vehicles used generally as taxis taking people from the airport to their accommodations. Prices vary from one operation to the next, but we would be happy to help you find the best deal in town.

Now, where do you stay when in San Pedro? So many options We recommend making reservations in advance, especially during the high season, American Thanksgiving through Easter. Otherwise you'll often find room at any hotel that suits your pocket.

Hotels in San Pedro have a three tier pricing structure. Following, we have listed a few friends of Adventures in Watersports. They would be happy to hear from you whether making inquires or reservations.

Luxury = $100US-$200US
The Palms
E-Mail: palms@btl.net Telephone: 26-3322 Fax: 26-3025
Mata Chica
E-Mail: matachica@btl.net Telephone: 21-3011 Fax: 21-3012
Moderate = $45US - $100US
Alijua Hotel Suites
E-Mail: alijuabze@aol.com Telephone: 26-2791 Fax: 26-2362
Corona Del Mar
E-Mail: corona@btl.net Telephone: 26-2055 Fax: 26-2461
Budget = Under $45US
Ruby's Hotel
E-Mail: rubys@btl.net Telephone: 26-2063 Fax: 26-2434

* All phone numbers begin with (011-501).
*All prices are subject to change given high and low season.

Adventures in Watersports is happy to help with our experienced staff and first hand knowledge. We can provide tips and ideas that may make your vacation easier to plan, more enjoyable and of course closer to you budget. Consider us your travel agent away from your travel agent. Just e-mail us a line and we'll be sure to get back to you quickly and with the information best available to us.

Adventures in Watersports & Cannibal Cafe
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize Phone/Fax 011-501-226-3706 Email marty@casado.net
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