Improved connections between eastern Mexico and Belize

Aerocaribe, a regional Mexican airline provides service between the Yucatan city of Cancun and Belize City. Flights operate on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays: Departing Cancun at 2:10 pm; arriving in Belize City at 2:25 pm (a one-hour time change). Return flights depart Belize City at 2:55 pm; arriving in Cancun at 5:10 pm. Round trip fare, which has increased considerably, is approximately US$250. (If tickets are purchased in Belize, BZ$542.60.)

For reservations and information: In Belize, call Belize Global Travel, telephone: 501-2-77363, fax: 501-2-75213, e-mail: [email protected]; In the US, call Mexicana Airlines at 800-531-7921; Elsewhere, contact any Mexicana agent.

For those with more time than money, another alternative is to travel by bus. To do this, you must take two buses. From the main terminal in Cancun center, the ATS company runs air-conditioned buses to Chetumal (near the Belize border). The fare is roughly US$10, and they run about five times a day. The trip takes almost five hours. The earliest departure is around 6:00 a.m., which gets you to Chetumal in time to catch the second "Premier" service (Batty Brothers) bus to Belize City.

At the Chetumal terminal, you will find a Batty Brothers Bus Line counter where you can buy tickets to Belize. Batty's runs several times a day to Belize City. Two of those are the "Premier" service, an express, air-conditioned bus with snack service. The Premier departs Chetumal at 10:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. The fare is US$6, and the trip takes about 2 hours. They also run regular buses about every hour and the fare is US$4.50. Bear in mind that these buses make numerous stops and can add a few hours to your journey to Belize City. Phone Batty's in Belize at 501-2-72025 & 73929, for more details on schedules and reservations.

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