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#496419 - 10/04/14 12:56 PM Cheap Bastard
neiljoba Offline
I visited Caye Caulker for two weeks at the beginning of June, and fell in love with the island and the people. Now, I am planning to return at Christmas time to be with the place and the people that I fell in love with. The Problem? MONEY! I may not be the original ‘cheap bastard’, but I am a good clone.

I live in southmost Texas (Brownsville area) and have only two choices for air travel. It’s either American Airlines through Dallas or United Airlines through Houston. Both of them would cost well over a thousand dollars for a round trip. There would also be the cost of a taxi from the Belize City airport to the Caye Caulker Water Taxi. So, I decided to travel through Mexico.

I would walk across the bridge from Brownsville to Matamoros ($.75US), take a taxi to the bus station (~$100MX), and ride the Noreste Plus bus to Monterrey ($425MX). Then it would be a taxi to the Monterrey airport in Apodaca (~$200MX). There is an economy airline (VivaAerobus) that will fly me to Cancun ($94.62US going and $58.04US return). From the Cancun airport, there is an ADO shuttle bus going to Plya del Carman ($146MX) where I will get on the ADO night bus that travels between Cancun and Belize City (~$48US). [The return trip bus stops at the Cancun Airport.] This will put me in Belize City about 6:30AM.
From the bus station in Belize City, I will probably walk the two blocks and cross the famous swing bridge to get to the Caye Caulker Water Taxi. Then on to Caye Caulker ($10US). The total for the round trip comes out to less than $500US. Yes, it will take almost 24 hours. But, what we ‘old farts’ lack in money, we make up for by having time. And, I have always been able to sleep on a bus.

If anyone can come up with a cheaper travel plan, please let me know.


Edited by neiljoba (10/04/14 01:28 PM)

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#496423 - 10/04/14 01:26 PM Re: Cheap Bastard [Re: neiljoba]
sassybelizean Offline
Awesome research, have a great journey, and welcome back to Belize..I'd like to share this on another Forum with your permission, of course!. Thanks.


Edited by sassybelizean (10/04/14 01:28 PM)
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#496424 - 10/04/14 01:50 PM Re: Cheap Bastard [Re: neiljoba]
neiljoba Offline
Feel free to share this with anyone. I have done the bus between Matamoros and Monterrey many times. The trip is just over 4 hours and I was able to sleep, read, or watch a movie. The buses in Mexico put US buses to shame.

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#496425 - 10/04/14 02:10 PM Re: Cheap Bastard [Re: neiljoba]
Chris Offline
Not knowing your dates....but Spirit Airlines is flying DFW to CUN for under 400US around the holiday period.

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#496426 - 10/04/14 02:34 PM Re: Cheap Bastard [Re: neiljoba]
collyk Offline
Another option to consider is flying into Mexico City. I've seen flights for about 250 round trip. There is a regular flight from Mexico City to Chetumal for 100 each way.
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#496428 - 10/04/14 03:22 PM Re: Cheap Bastard [Re: neiljoba]
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I already checked that route using InterJet. The cheapest would be $346.82US round trip and would mean 17 to 20 hours each ways. I have spent enough time sitting in the airport in Mexico City to last a lifetime. And, the water taxi from Chet to CC is $55US.

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#496429 - 10/04/14 03:39 PM Re: Cheap Bastard [Re: neiljoba]
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It's nice to know there are low cost flights on Spirit airlines from DFW to Cancun. Now, do you have any suggestions for cheap travel between Brownsville and Dallas? You cannot be from Texas, or you would know that we do not measure distance by miles. We use hours! And, Dallas is 10 hours away.

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#496433 - 10/04/14 05:59 PM Re: Cheap Bastard [Re: neiljoba]
ckocian Offline
Harlingen to DFW? Southwest?

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#496434 - 10/04/14 06:29 PM Re: Cheap Bastard [Re: neiljoba]
neiljoba Offline
Southwest does go from Harlengen (HRL) to Dallas (DAL) but not to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW). Even so, the round trip lowest price is still $220. And checking flight times, I would have of time to develop hemorrhoids sitting on my bum. For some reason, I cannot find the logic of going 500 miles north when I want to go 1200 miles south.


Edited by neiljoba (10/04/14 06:35 PM)

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#496435 - 10/04/14 06:54 PM Re: Cheap Bastard [Re: neiljoba]
Chris Offline
"If anyone can come up with a cheaper travel plan, please let me know"...you win.

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