Belize is a small country about the same size as the American state of Vermont. With four paved highways and a network of water taxi operators, it’s pretty easy to get just about anywhere in the country in three hours or less.
Belize is a former British colony, so all the signs will be in English. And if you do get turned around, a friendly local is sure to help you out.
Once you’ve arrived, you have a number of options for getting around.
If you’re flying into Belize from another country, you will land at the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (code: BZE). It’s often called the Belize City airport or the international airport (in Belize City), but it’s actually located in the village of Ladyville, approximately 10 miles northwest of Belize City proper.
There are no public transportation options at the airport, so you’ll have to rent a car, take a taxi, or arrange for shuttle services to get to your final destination.
Some visitors prefer to arrive at neighboring airports such as Cancun in Mexico. The private bus company ADO operates a daily service between Cancun and Belize City with a travel time of around nine hours.
Belize has two domestic airlines: Tropic Air and Maya Island Air. Both airlines offer flights to over a dozen locations on the mainland as well as two of the offshore islands (Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker).
Flight times are quite short (around 15 minutes), but be aware that the planes are very small, and seating is somewhat cramped. Flying domestically is your fastest option for getting around, but it’s also the most expensive.
Taxi drivers in Belize will be more than happy to take you to any destination on the mainland. Best practices are to negotiate the price before you begin your trip.
Please note that all officially licensed taxis have a green number (license) plate on the vehicle. Riding with unlicensed taxi operators is not recommended.
The easiest and most affordable way to get around in Belize is with a rental vehicle from Tour Belize Auto Rental. We have two offices in the country, including one located right at the international airport.
Anyone with a valid driver’s license in their home country can operate a motor vehicle in Belize. Tour Belize Auto Rental has a fleet of modern, rugged vehicles perfectly adapted to the country’s roads.