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#435012 - 04/06/12 09:34 AM Caye Commuters Wild For Water Taxi
Marty Offline
Today, many Belizeans headed out to their Easter weekend getaways - and that meant a crowd at the water taxi terminals. So how crowded was it? Our news team went terminal hopping to find out how the water taxis are dealing with the beach seeking throngs. Here's what she found out:..

Jose Marin - Employee, Caye Caulker Water Taxi
"It's the usual, more than the ordinary. So, it's the last minute and people are coming out to go to the cayes. I believe that the rush started late. The years before this, they usually would start earlier at around Tuesday, but right now, today's Thursday, and the rush is picking up. When there is too much, we send 2 boats, like just now. We sent off two boats; it was a bit more than the ordinary, and that's how we handle it. But we are still running at an hour in time and such."

Robin Schaffer
"Do you have any special offers or any promotions that you have to encourage people to come in?"

Jose Marin
"Right now, we are running on our same rates. Some people will give 10% for groups and things of the sort."

Carlyle Rogers - Water Taxi Passenger
"Actually, I'm going across to San Pedro, this afternoon."

Robin Schaffer
"Are you going to spend your whole Easter there?"

Carlyle Rogers
"Yes, I'm going out there to see San Pedro for the first time."

Kein Marin - Operations Manager, San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi
"What I've seen this year is that starting from Monday, the crowd started to grow. Before, in previous years, it started from Thursday that we had a rush. However, as of Monday, we're seeing is a drastic increase. We're handling the crowd quite fine right. We have boats that are leaving up to from 2 to 4 boats per run right now."

Robin Schaffer
"Do you have any special rates for the Easter or anything - any promotions?"

Kein Marin
"Actually, for the passengers, we're giving a 10% discount, and we have an Easter bonanza, whereby you can win up to $2,000 with our Easter raffle for this Easter."

Robin Schaffer
"Where are you going?"

Wilword Belisle - Passenger
"San Pedro."

Robin Schaffer
"And are you concerned about the crush and the rush of that crowd that will be out there?"

Wilword Belisle
"I'm not concerned at all. I don't like it, but I'm going out with my daughter. My daughter is taking me."

Wilmo Munnings
"I'm going to San Pedro."

Robin Schaffer
"And are you concerned about the Easter crush, that rush of people that will be out there."

Wilmo Munnings
"No sweetheart, I am not concerned about that at all."

Robin Schaffer
"Are you going to spend your entire Easter break there?"

Wilmo Munnings
"Oh yeah, you know it. That's what I'm here for, 4 weeks of fun in the sun Belize style. That's how I do it."

Robin Schaffer
"So, Mr. Diego, you say that you're going to San Pedro, are you concerned at all about the rush and crush of the crowds that will be out there?"

Anthony Diego - Passenger
"Yes, I am really concerned because sometimes, when you have too much people, usually crime happnes. Stealing happens. So, so you really have to be careful."

Robin Schaffer
"And will you be spending the whole Easter break there, from now until Monday?"

Anthony Diego
"Yes Miss."

And if you didn't make it today, there is good news for Good Friday travelers: Tomorrow both water taxi services will be open, and the rates are $35 round trip to Caye Caulker and $55 round trip to San Pedro.

Channel 7

#435017 - 04/06/12 09:43 AM Re: Caye Commuters Wild For Water Taxi [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Mass exodus to cayes and beyond for long weekend

Belize has its unique Easter traditions. If residents don’t implement holiday plans by Thursday evening, they remain at home through Good Friday and observe the launch of the Cross Country Cycling Classic. But once the race is on the road, car radios are blazed with updates as the wheels spin inland or the boats ride the waves to the cayes. News Five’s Isani Cayetano hit the pavement and asked the masses where they intend to spend their leisure time during the Easter weekend.

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The exodus of residents currently on Easter vacation to San Pedro and Caye Caulker has already began. This morning dozens of travelers converged upon the water taxi terminals in Belize City where scheduled boat runs are ferrying them unto the islands. While Belizeans across the country are seeking a little fun in the sun, tourists from neighboring Guatemala are also getting in on the action.

Isani Cayetano

“What has the journey been like, I know you’re at the halfway point right now but you still need to catch the boat to get unto the island. What has it been like so far?”

Guatemalan Tourist

“Tiring but exciting. I like it. It’s been a very good experience.”

Isani Cayetano

“It’s your first time going out to San Pedro?”

Guatemalan Tourist

“No. It’s the second time actually.”

Isani Cayetano

“What was the first experience like that makes you want to return to the island?”

Guatemalan Tourist

“It was amazing. It’s a place you never want to leave. It’s like paradise there.”

It’s a testament to the mass migration that many, including several downtown shoppers, can attest to.

Isani Cayetano

“What are you doing for the Easter this year?”

Citizen 1

“Well, partying all night, clubbing there in San Pedro, [the] best place to be.”

Isani Cayetano

“How are you dealing with the heat on the island and all these Belizean people leaving the city and other parts of the country to go on San Pedro?”

Citizen 1

“Well I’m taking my breaks with my, you know, six packs everyday there by the beach. That’s what we do every day, you know, getting sunburned. That’s the thing!”

And of course there are those who prefer a weekend of excitement on the peninsula. Thousands are expected to make their way down to Placencia over the next few days.

Citizen 2

“I gwein da Placencia go spend di Easter because money da noh di problem, I have enough.”

Isani Cayetano

“What are you gonna be doing down in Placencia, are you gonna be visiting with family and friends, you’re gonna be partying? Are you going to all the events planned down there?”

Citizen 2

“Well like how ah di ker enough money, ah gwein bathe, ah gwein eat, I gwein party and I done get mih nice suite fi stay.”

Despite the fact that many are leaving the mainland in search of sandy beaches and tropical drinks downtown Albert Street is alive with vendors who are accommodating those wanting to enjoy a traditional holiday. Easter baskets anyone?


“I think it’s moving fast. I don’t want to sell on Saturday so I’m trying to finish up today but it’s selling. They’re buying baskets.”

Isani Cayetano

“How long have you set up your post out here, since the beginning of the week?”


“No. I just began today; I just set it up today. People usually buy last minute so it’s today when you sell the most.”

Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

Channel 5


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