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 Philip Goldson Highway south toward Orange Walk Town and look for the ferry sign just south of town. Turn left and follow the unpaved road to the ferry landing.
Ferry between Copper Bank and Sarteneja. A second, hand-pulled auto ferry is 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. 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 Belize-based water-taxi companies, San Pedro Belize Express and Water Jets International, provide service direct from Chetumal, Mexico, to San Pedro and Caye Caulker. The two companies alternate days of service, so there's only one boat each way daily.
San Pedro Belize Express. The San Pedro Belize Express departs every other day from the Muelle Fiscal in Chetumal, Mexico, at 3:30 pm. It returns from Caye Caulker at 7 am and from San Pedro at 8:30 am. The advertised rates are US$50 (BZ$100) between Chetumal and San Pedro, and US$55 (BZ$110) between Chetumal and Caye Caulker. The water taxi takes about 90 minutes between Chetumal and San Pedro and, with a stop in San Pedro, about 2½ hours between Chetumal and Caye Caulker. San Pedro Town, Belize District. 223/223–2225; 983/832–1648; www.belizewatertaxi.com.
Thunderbolt. The Thunderbolt water taxi makes daily runs between Corozal Town and San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. It departs Corozal at 7 am and departs San Pedro at 3 pm. The two-hour trip costs BZ$50 one-way and BZ$90 round-trip. The water taxi stops on demand at Sarteneja. Municipal Pier, 1st Ave., Corozal Town, Corozal. 422/0026; 610/4475; www.ambergriscaye.com/thunderbolt/.
Water Jets International. Alternating every other day with the San Pedro Express, the Water Jets International (formerly called San Pedro Water Jets Express) boat leaves Chetumal, Mexico, from the Muelle Fiscal (Municipal Pier) at 3:30 pm, arriving at the pier on the back side of San Pedro near the soccer field. The boat continues on to Caye Caulker. From Caye Caulker to Chetumal, the boat departs at 7 am; from San Pedro to Chetumal, the boat departs daily at 8 am. The advertised rate is US$ 50 (BZ$100) between San Pedro and Chetumal, and US$55 (BZ$110 ) to or from Caye Caulker. This water taxi takes about 90 minutes between Chetumal and San Pedro or with the stop in San Pedro, about 2½ hours between Chetumal and Caye Caulker. Water Jets International, San Pedro Town, Belize District. 226/2194; www.sanpedrowatertaxi.com.