Roads and Highways in Belize
Belize is a rather small country, but a modern network of highways and roads make it easy to get to just about any destination in three hours or less. The main roads and highways are paved and in excellent conditions, but some smaller roads and paths are unpaved.
Belize has four major highways that connect all of the biggest metropolitan areas in the country.
- The Philip Goldson Highway – Commonly referred to as the Northern Highway, this highway connects Belize City to the northern Corozal District and the border with Mexico. This highway passes through Orange Walk Town and Corozal Town before terminating at the Rio Hondo border crossing.
- The George Price Highway – Commonly referred to as the Western Highway, this highway connects Belize City towards major points in the center and western part of the country, terminating at the Guatemalan border.
The highway passes through Hattieville Village, Belmopan, San Ignacio, and terminates at the Benque Viejo del Carmen border crossing.
- The Hummingbird Highway – This highway connects the capital of Belmopan with the southeastern coast of Belize. The highway terminates in downtown Dangriga in Stann Creek District.
- The Southern Highway – This highway connects Dangriga to all major points in the southern part of the country. The Southern Highway begins in Dangriga and passes through Hopkins Village, Riversdale, Seine Bight, Placencia, Monkey River Town, Silver Creek, Blue Creek, Barranco, Crique Sarco, and Punta Gorda before terminating five miles south of Punta Gorda in Toledo District.
There is also a road in Belize called the Coastal Highway or the Manatee Highway that connects the George Price Highway west of Belize City with parts of Stann Creek District near Dangriga, but this is not a paved road, and many sections are in very rough condition. The slower driving speeds do not compensate for the shorter distance between Belize City and the southeastern coast, so drivers are recommended to use the Hummingbird Highway.
Belize has an additional 1,000 miles of smaller roads and byways, but these can be very difficult to negotiate in periods of adverse weather and require a rugged four-wheel drive vehicle.
Tour Belize Auto Rental has a complete fleet of modern, well-maintained vehicles for rent for travelers that are perfect for driving on the roads and highways in Belize. Tour Belize has two convenient locations in the country, one at the international terminal of the Philip Goldson Airport and one in downtown Belize City.