Ambergris Caye Transportation Options
Ambergris Caye is a 25-mile-long island that was shaped by the ancient Maya. Since then, the island has enjoyed the developmental boon of tourism dollars while staying relatively calm and quiet. When you become aware that it can be reached by means outside of a boat, you may wonder just how many ways it is possible to reach Ambergris Caye if so many others use it as a getaway. Before addressing the ways to get to Ambergris Caye, it is worth mentioning that most people travel the island by bike, scooter or golf cart.
Ambergris Caye is home to San Pedro Airport (SPR), which welcomes hourly “Maya Island Air” and “Tropic Air” flights coming from Belize City. One-way tickets range between $50-$75.
San Pedro is one of four ports of entry within Belize. If you gain clearance to sail your yacht, you must make it a direct trip within 24 hours of reaching local waters. A customs official will require quadruplicate copies of your stores, papers and everyone on the boat. After approval, you can sail to the anchorage site and enjoy Belize’s waters for no more than 90 days.
While cruises are a popular means of seeing everything the Caribbean can offer, Belize City is the only port cruises can dock at. Anyone looking to visit Ambergris Caye during a cruise will need to use another means of transport.
While it is not possible to drive directly to Ambergris Caye, you can make it the destination or one leg of a road trip. Belize City is either 103 miles along the Northern Highway from the Mexico-Belize border or 82 miles along the Western Highway from Guatemala. Your next goal will be the Marine Terminal in Belize City which will serve as a parking lot. While you can take a ferry to the island, it does not carry vehicles.
Note: Using your own vehicle requires buying Belize Liability Insurance and a one-month importation permit. You must also register the vehicle in your passport and have proof of ownership/lease with rentals.
Taxis only stand out on Ambergris Caye due to the scant number of automobiles parked there-their only distinct marking is a green license plate. Be mindful that you must negotiate with your driver before getting into the vehicle as fares are not posted on cabs and cabs lack fee meters.
There are several double-engine speedboards that can ferry 20 to 30 people, depending on the specific boat, between Ambergris Caye and Belize City’s Marine Terminal. Expect to pay under $30 per person per trip.
Regardless of how you get to Ambergris Caye, you have options. Furthermore, there are options if you choose to stay for more than just one vacation. Among those options is Salt Life Belize which offers waterfront condos, residences and retirement homes.
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