Northern Belize Travel Guide
Boat and Water-Taxi Travel
Ferry from Corozal.
An old, hand-pulled sugar barge ferries passengers and cars across the New River from just south of Corozal Town to the road to Copper Bank, Cerros, and the Shipstern peninsula. The ferry is free from 6 am to 9 pm daily. To get to the ferry from Corozal, take the Northern Highway south toward Orange Walk Town and look for the ferry sign. Turn left and follow the unpaved road to the ferry landing.
Ferry between Copper Bank and Sarteneja.
A second, hand-pulled auto ferry has been added between Copper Bank and Sarteneja, at the mouth of Laguna Seca. From Copper Bank, follow the ferry signs. Near Chunox, at a T-intersection, turn left and follow the unpaved road 20 miles (32 km) to Sarteneja.
Water Taxi between Corozal Town and Ambergris Caye.
A daily water taxi operates between Corozal Town and Ambergris Caye, with a stop on demand at Sarteneja. The Thunderbolt departs from Corozal at the pier near Reunion Park behind Corozal House of Culture at 7 am and also goes from a pier on the back side of San Pedro near the soccer field to Corozal at 3 pm. Fare is BZ$45 one-way. The trip usually takes nearly two hours but may be longer if there's a stop at Sarteneja, or if the weather is bad. Off-season, service is sometimes reduced and occasionally is discontinued altogether.
Chetumal to San Pedro and Caye Caulker.
Two similarly named Belize-based water-taxi companies, San Pedro Belize Express and San Pedro Water Jets Express, provide service direct from Chetumal, Mexico, to San Pedro and Caye Caulker. In addition to water taxi charges, leaving Chetumal you pay a US$5 port fee and 295 Mexican peso (about US$24) tourist tax if you cannot prove you have paid it earlier, for example with your air ticket to Mexico; leaving San Pedro or Caulker you pay BZ$37.50 Belize exit fee plus US$5/BZ$10 port fee.
San Pedro Belize Express. The San Pedro Belize Express departs from the Muelle Fiscal in Chetumal, Mexico, at 3 pm. It returns from Caye Caulker (the pier on Front St. near the basketball court) at 7 am and from San Pedro (pier on beachfront, near Tackle Box Bar & Grill) at 7:30 am. The advertised rates are US$37.50 (BZ$75) between Chetumal and San Pedro, and US$40 (BZ$80) between Chetumal and Caye Caulker. The water taxi takes about 90 minutes between Chetumal and San Pedro and 2 hours between Chetumal and Caye Caulker. If you are buying your ticket in Chetumal— the ticket office is near the entrance to the pier—you may be able to negotiate a lower price than the advertised rate. Off-season (summer/early fall) service may be reduced. Beachfront at Tacklebox Bar & Grill, San Pedro Town. 226/3535 in San Pedro; 521/983–832–1648 in Mexico. www.belizewatertaxi.com.
San Pedro Water Jets Express. The San Pedro Water Jets Express boat departs leaves Chetumal, Mexico, from the Muelle Fiscal (Municipal Pier) daily at 3 pm, arriving at the pier on the back side of San Pedro near the soccer field. The boat continues on to Caye Caulker. From Caye Caulker to Chetumal, the boat departs daily at 7:30 am; from San Pedro to Chetumal, the boat departs daily at 8 am. The advertised rate is US$40 (BZ$80) between San Pedro and Chetumal, and US$45 (BZ$90) to or from Caye Caulker. Rare BZ$20 higher on weekends and holidays.This water taxi takes about 90 minutes between Chetumal and San Pedro and 2 hours between Chetumal and Caye Caulker. If you are buying your ticket in Chetumal—ticket offices are near the entrance to the pier—you may be able to negotiate a lower price than the advertised rate. In low season (summer/early fall) service may be reduced. San Pedro Water Jets Express, San Pedro Town. 226/2194 in San Pedro. www.sanpedrowatertaxi.com.