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#140458 - 11/27/01 07:24 PM Drive to Cancun  
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How tough is it to drive to Cancun from the vicinity of AC.

Thanks, Joe G.

Joe Galen
#140459 - 11/27/01 07:46 PM Re: Drive to Cancun  
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Pretty tough...unless yer car is waterproof!

#140460 - 11/27/01 08:02 PM Re: Drive to Cancun  
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maybe he has one of them Amphibicars

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#140461 - 11/27/01 09:24 PM Re: Drive to Cancun  
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Joe Galen
#140462 - 11/28/01 01:15 AM Re: Drive to Cancun  
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Not too hard if you are already in Blz. Just go to Chetumal on the Mx Border fill out all that garbage the MX immigration wants about your car ect. (Dont' even think about taking one you don't own in your name). Then proceed North to Correo Puerto then on N. to the big fine new highway past the Mexican Riverea on up to Cancun. What are you going to drive? Why not just drop down from texas like I have 5 times. Interesting trip but dont expect to make but about 300 or 400 miles a day. Most people don't drive at nite.

#140463 - 11/28/01 09:57 AM Re: Drive to Cancun  
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budnmary, thanks for your response.

Actually, I am considering a roundtrip from Cancun to AC in a rented mexican car during a 2 week stay south of Cancun in March, 2002.

My concerns were:
1. estimated driving time
2. condition of the roads
3. border crossing in a rented vehicle.

I would be on an American passport.

Regards, Joe G.

Joe Galen
#140464 - 11/28/01 12:09 PM Re: Drive to Cancun  
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Joe, AC(Ambergris Caye) is an island, you either fly there from Belize City(BC) or Corozal or take "water taxi" from BC. The trip from Cancun to Chetumal will take 5 1/2 hours on what we call here "the highway of death", you read between the lines. Crossing from Mexico into Belize can take as few a 30 minutes or over 3 hours depending when you cross, there is a free trade zone just across the bridge in Belize, on week end there are bus tours from Cancun and Merida using the bridge. With a rent car I wouldn't try it, you must purchase Belize auto insurance before leaving the border area, the trip from the border to BC will take 2 hr. +. FYI, gas here in Mexico is $2.50/gal. A bus from Cancun to Chetumal is under $35 US roundtrip, bus from Chetumal from Chetumal to BC cost under $30 US round trip. Now how can we help you...?

#140465 - 11/28/01 01:02 PM Re: Drive to Cancun  
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You can also take the bus or rent a car in Mexico to the border of Belize. Once in Belize....either take a bus or a cab to's not far....and then fly from Corozal to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.
The flight from Corozal to San Pedro is $70 US round trip....and leaves 3 times a day....7:30am, 10:30am and 3:30pm. That is probably about a 30 minute flight or less.

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#140466 - 11/28/01 05:04 PM Re: Drive to Cancun  
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Thanks everyone for your replies. It was exactly the info I wanted.

I knew that AC is an island (as is my home on Singer Island) and that the last leg would be by air or boat, but I did not know the jump off points of Corazol and Belize City.

On a tourist map, it looks like about a 250 mile drive on what looks like a decent highway. I had guessed about 5 hours and then a boat ride but it seems that my estimate was grossly optimistic.

Regards, Joe Galen

Joe Galen
#140467 - 11/29/01 09:54 AM Re: Drive to Cancun  
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Joe If you want to drive to Chetumal you can leave your car at my place.
The road from Cancun to here is good. There is some road const.between the Mahawal turn off and Bacalar. Just road widening the center pavment is untouched but some sharp drop offs.
The bus makes this trip in 5 hours. I am going to Playa Del Carmen tomorrow and expect it will take 4 hours.
Any thing else I can help you with email me at
Dave White

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