Budget-traveling from Belize to Mexico is an eight-hour affair, and whether it’s worth doing it that way also depends on your patience, your ability to stomach choppy seas, and the weather.
The three ways to get to Mexico from Belize are:
Buying the Water Taxi Ticket to Chetumal
- by plane
- by overnight bus from Belize City to Cancun, with the Mexican bus line “ADO” leaving from the Queen Square Market I’m told (which lands you in Playa del Carmen at 4 a.m. or Cancun at about 6 a.m.); or
- if you’re leaving from one of the Cayes, first by water taxi to Chetumal (2 hours), followed by a five-to-seven hour ADO bus ride, depending on your final destination in Mexico. For example, it’s 4.5 hours from Chetumal to Playa del Carmen.
The day before leaving for Mexico, the lady at the San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi office in Caye Caulker warned me. The boat leaves at 7 o’clock sharp, so make sure you show up on time, she said.
I purchased my round trip ticket to Chetumal and lucky for me I knew my passport number by heart. You’re supposed to bring your passport along when you get your ticket, so you can >> be registered on the SPBE’s log of folks leaving Belize.
The round trip ticket (and next time I’m only getting a one-way – see later in the story) cost me US $ 65 or $130 Belizean Dollars. Then I had to pay a separate US $5 (BZD $10) docking fee.
Oh, and then I was told to expect another US $ 3.75 (or BZD $7.50) fee when going through immigration in San Pedro – a mandatory stop when heading to Mexico from the Cayes.
Total so far: US $73.75 or BZD $147.5 from Caye Caulker.
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