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Posted By: williedau

Getting to San Pedro from BZE - 11/01/05 06:45 PM

Good Morning,

My wife and I are flying into Belize International on Saturday Nov 5th, we arrive at 3:40PM (CO).

I have read that you can either go to San Pedro taking Maya air or by water taxi. We are traveling on a budget, so $$ is definitely a factor. I have also been checking the Belize Weather Service and "rough seas" seems to be a permanent fixture in their web site.

Questions:
If we arrive at 3:40 PM, can we still make it on time to take the water taxi?

I have also read some postings about water taxi service on call, can someone recommend a good one?

How long does the water taxi take?
Is there a clear advantage to flying (if time is not a consideration and cost is)?

Thanks for your help
Posted By: SimonB

Re: Getting to San Pedro from BZE - 11/01/05 07:10 PM

If you arrive at 3:40pm you won't be able to take a water taxi. By the time you clear customs and taxi into the city it'll be at least an hour if not more. Sunset is at 5:20pm or so and it's an hour and 20 minute ride.

Best to fly on Tropic Air or Maya and be relaxed when you arrive. Especially if you have another water taxi ride to your property.
Posted By: Denny Shane

Re: Getting to San Pedro from BZE - 11/01/05 07:23 PM

I agree with Simon completely.
Posted By: john robertsdenver

Re: Getting to San Pedro from BZE - 11/01/05 07:35 PM

willie, there is a nother option and that is to take a 20 min taxi ride to municipal airport for 20 bucks, you get to chat up the driver and see some "sites", and it effectively cuts your airfare in half by flying out of 'muni'. with 2 people it is not as good as 3 0r 4 people but you still hsve a net savings and it's kinda cool to do. john in denver ps check the internet for the schedule of maya air and tropic and set your ressies up ahead of time giving yourself plenty of time to clear customs. if you get there early you can always try to get an earlier flite!!
Posted By: SimonB

Re: Getting to San Pedro from BZE - 11/01/05 07:49 PM

If you do it that way make sure to book the last flight of the day out of Municipal. If you get there early you may be able to get on an earlier flight but if you get there late for a prior flight chances are you won't get on a flight. The 5th is going to be a busy day for travel and the last flight is almost always full. If you fly from International and are late there will likely be planes added as everyone will be late, not so with municipal. The municipal option works best when you arrive early in the day and times are more flexible.
Posted By: john robertsdenver

Re: Getting to San Pedro from BZE - 11/01/05 08:49 PM

belize disc. went to your site and could not get a ressie for for muni. how do i do that?? john in denver
Posted By: williedau

Re: Getting to San Pedro from BZE - 11/01/05 08:52 PM

Thank you all for your responses.

I guess it all depends on if the flight will be on time, and how long it takes to clear customs and immigration; I guess if we are 15 minutes late and in by 4:00 PM, another 30 minutes to clear customs, a taxi ride that takes another 30 minutes, that puts us in the Municipal airport at 5:00 PM for a 5:30 flight...I'm assuming here that the municiapl airport will be a lot smaller and laid back than any airport in the US/Canada these days, so no long wait at security lines or anything like that. Does this make sense?

2 more questions:

If all of this fails, and I end up having to spend the night in Belize City, will the airline send me on the first flight the following morning?

How does this 10% dicount thing work?

Thanks again
Posted By: casa de amor

Re: Getting to San Pedro from BZE - 11/01/05 09:15 PM

there used to be a time when the only place you could get a flight to AC was from the municipal airport.
Posted By: cracked up

Re: Getting to San Pedro from BZE - 11/01/05 09:41 PM

Air service to San Pedro from the International arpt. started around 1965.
Posted By: casa de amor

Re: Getting to San Pedro from BZE - 11/01/05 09:52 PM

what airline was that "cracked up"?
Posted By: john robertsdenver

Re: Getting to San Pedro from BZE - 11/02/05 04:27 PM

willie, there is no security for the flite to san pedro, you just check in at the counter, no lines for 8 to ten people, get your boarding pass, and get on the plane. it takes 2 minutes. no sweat you WILL make it. john in denver
Posted By: klcman

Re: Getting to San Pedro from BZE - 11/02/05 04:56 PM

Actually John, you do need to go thru security for in country flights as well as Int'l departures...rememeber that little bottleneck at the far end of the check in areas ( Opposite end of room from Tropic), just before the doors that go to departure lounge?Usually no big deal, by our standards, however.

Only once did I seea problem. Security personnel really loved a football that a kid had and wouldn't allow him to take it through. Ya gotta watch out for exploding footballs, ya know!
Posted By: casa de amor

Re: Getting to San Pedro from BZE - 11/02/05 05:08 PM

yeah thats really no big deal, sometimes i doubt that there metal detector really even works.
Posted By: williedau

Re: Getting to San Pedro from BZE - 11/02/05 05:58 PM

Thanks again all!

Keep my fingers crossed, I'll be there Saturday!!
Posted By: casa de amor

Re: Getting to San Pedro from BZE - 11/02/05 07:32 PM

have a good trip!
Posted By: john robertsdenver

Re: Getting to San Pedro from BZE - 11/03/05 05:11 PM

klcman, yea there is security at international but no checks at muni... john
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