Visitors to Belize most often have friends or
relatives in the country who have vehicles for transportation. Those who tour
the countryside away from the coast generally do so as part of a tour package
in which the transportation needs are provided by vans or small buses. This is
true for the eco-tours and tours of the ancient Mayan pyramids.
There are rugged individuals who like to travel with
back packs who try to get a hands-on feel for the country. Within Belize, bus
travel is inexpensive. However, buses are usually crowded, as well as hot,
dusty and slow. Taxis may sometimes be air-conditioned. Taxis can be hired to
go most places via paved roads and some of the graded roads. The road
connecting Belize City with the capital of Belmopan is paved. The road from
Belize City to Corozal and Chan Chen to the north is paved. The road from
Belize city to Dangriga is paved except for the last quarter of the way where
it became only intermittently paved. It is quite possible that by the time you
travel to Belize, paved road will have been completed, as planned, from Belize
City to Dangriga. If you do decide to go to Dangriga by taxi, leave Belize city
early in the morning so that you'll be able to make a short detour and stop off
at the Blue Hole. There is a waterfall with an excellent swimming spot. It's
very refreshing. South of Dangriga the road is not paved all the way to Punta
Gorda. When it rains there is no problem with dust.
Travel by plane between major points is fast,
comfortable air conditioned, and is actually the cheapest way to go since there
are no extra costs. You won't pay for meals, tourist curios, etc., when you fly
and you'll see everything from a bird's eye view.
Placencia is quiet, pretty, relaxed. Placencia has
Do not miss the opportunity to visit the Cayes.
Belizeans often go to Chan Chen to cross into Mexico
to shop since the prices are much lower than in Belize itself, which is well
known for it's unusually high prices on consumer goods. That's because nearly
all goods must be imported, since there is little indigenous industry. If you
plan to live in Belize, bring your own used car.
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