Boat and Ferry Travel

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Boat and Ferry Travel

Currently there is a weekly ferry, Pride of Belize, from Belize City to Dangriga, which then goes on to Puerto Cortes, Honduras. It leaves Belize City, usually from the Radison Fort George docks, on Saturday morning and returns from Honduras on Monday. Fare is BZ$145 one-way, not including exit fees from Belize or Honduras. The trip to Dangriga is less than an hour, and a total of about five hours to Puerto Cortes. Check locally to be sure this service is still operating, as ferries along the coast have a history of on-and-off service.

There is a well-established water taxi, a small boat named the Hokey Pokey, between Placencia Village and Independence, a village on the west side of Placencia Lagoon. Fare is BZ$10 one-way. Currently there are seven trips each way daily, with reduced service on Sunday. Schedules for the boat are set to coincide with James Bus Line stops in Independence, so you can make connections to Punta Gorda to the south, or Dangriga, Belmopan, and Belize City to the north.

From Placencia, a weekly boat, the D'Express, runs to Puerto Cortes, Honduras, on Friday, with a stop in Big Creek across the lagoon to clear immigration and customs. It departs from the Shell Dock at Placencia village (note that the service station is no longer a Shell station, and as of this writing is closed). In Puerto Cortes, the boat arrives at the Muelle de Mariscos, next to Delfin restaurant and returns from Puerto Cortes on Monday morning. Fare is BZ$120 one-way. Get information from the Placencia Tourism Center in Placencia village.

From Dangriga, boats go out daily to Tobacco Caye. There are no fixed schedules, but the boats generally leave around 9 to 9:30 am, and the fare is BZ$35–BZ$50 per person one-way. Ask at the Riverside Café.

Happy Go Luckie Tours in Hopkins has a water taxi service from Hopkins to Dangriga (BZ$50), Tobacco Caye (BZ$50), Placencia (BZ$100) and a few other destinations. Prices are based on a minimum of three persons. There is no fixed schedule; passengers must book trips in advance.

Contacts

D' Express. Get information on D'Express from Placencia BTIA office, in new location across from ScotiaBank on Main St. in Placencia village. at end of Main St., Placencia. 523/4045 in Placencia. www.belizeferry.com.

Happy Go Luckie Tours (Hopkins. 635/0967. www.hgltours.com.)

Hokey Pokey (Placencia MnM Dock, Placencia. 523/2376. www.aguallos.com/hokeypokey. BZ$10.)

Pride of Belize (Belize City. 600/3259. www.prideofbelize.com.)

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