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Cindy Dec 18th, 2002 01:04 PM

Belize - Ambergris Caye
 
Hi - I'm taking a quick 4-day trip to Ambergris Caye and am trying to decide between flying all the way in to San Pedro or alternatively, flying into Belize city and taking the water taxi.<BR><BR>Any recommendations? Thanks!

sarah Dec 18th, 2002 03:22 PM

good question, and do you need a reservation for the water taxi or just show up?

Ravi Dec 19th, 2002 04:26 AM

Hi,<BR>Depends on the fare. Flying or water taxi between Belize city &amp; San Pedro is cheap. The advice I got from Belize Consul General, is to take water taxi and enjoy the whole trip its wonderful, flying would miss the beauty.<BR>Water taxi run frequently, from what I was told, no reservation needed

Lan Sluder Dec 19th, 2002 05:38 AM

The water taxi (most leave from the Marine Terminal near the Swing Bridge, US$12.50 one-way to San Pedro) is pleasant on a nice, sunny low-wind day. On other days it can be a rough, wet ride of 1 1/4 hours.<BR><BR>Most people prefer the convenience of flying from the International Airport (20 minutes, US$46) though you save about half by flying from Municipal. Flying at a low altitude gives you a different perspective on the sea and cayes and if anything you see more beauty from the air than in a boat.<BR><BR>I'd consider doing both -- fly one way, water taxi the other.<BR><BR>--Lan Sluder<BR>San Pedro Cool, Fodor's Belize &amp; Guatemala, Belize First Guide to Mainland Belize, Adapter Kit: Belize, etc.<BR><BR><BR><BR>

Lan Sluder Dec 19th, 2002 05:40 AM

I should have added that while you can make reservations, as a practical matter the water taxis are first-come first-served. Sometimes boats are full. They run every hour and a half or so.<BR><BR>--Lan Sluder

Owen O'Neill Dec 19th, 2002 05:56 AM

On my visit I went to Caye Caulker and did what Lan suggests - I took the flight out from Belize Municipal and then took the water taxi back on my return trip. The flight out to the cayes is fantastic as you get a great view of the islands and water. My purpose in flying out was because I stayed in Belize City the night before and flying out was the only way I could get out there early enough to start my scuba class on the day of arrival. Worked out nicely but I really did enjoy the water taxi ride back in.


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