Destinations Belize can arrange all of your domestic transfers (air, boat or ground) once you arrive in Belize. However, we thought that information on each option would be helpful for people just starting to think through a Belize vacation. So, following are domestic transportation options for Belize.
Scheduled Airlines: Belize has two regularly scheduled airlines, Tropic Air and Maya Island Air. Airfares and basic schedules are about the same for both. Both fly to the following airports: Belize International, Belize City Municipal, San Pedro, Caye Caulker, Corozal, Dangriga, Placencia and Punta Gorda.
In addition to these basic routes, Tropic Air also flies to Belmopan, Sarteneja, Tower Hill (Orange Walk), Rio Dorado (Big Falls), Flores and Guatemala City, Guatemala, Cancun and Merida, Mexico, Roatan and San Pedro Sula, Honduras, with charter services to Hidden Valley and Blancaneaux.
Private Ground Transfers: A private ground transfer is often the most practical way to reach most jungle lodges in the Cayo and Orange Walk Districts of Belize. Expect about a 2-3 hour drive, depending on exact location. (Note: the drive to Chan Chich Lodge in the Orange Walk District is about 5 hours, so private air charter is the way most people get to and from Chan Chich Lodge.) Drivers are good, and will explain the various sites you see along the way.
Private ground transfers are also available for resorts and lodges in the Stann Creek and Toledo Districts. However, flying to Dangriga, Placencia or Punta Gorda is actually the most economical way to travel from Belize City or Belize International unless you are traveling with 4 or more people in your group. Plus, you'll save a lot of time by flying. (Flight times from Belize International to (i) Dangriga 15 minutes, (ii) Placencia, 40 minutes, (iii) Punta Gorda, 60 minutes. Drive time fromm Belize International to (i) Dangriga, 3 hours, (ii) Placencia, 4 hours, (iii) Punta Gorda, 5.5 hours.
Rental Cars: Most car rental agencies are located in Belize City, with all the international car rental companies based out of Belize City, such as Thrifty, Budget, Avis and Hertz. Local car rental agencies operating out of Belize City include Crystal, Buy Belize, Discount Car Rental, Euphrates Auto Rental, Flames Auto World Rental, Jabiru Auto Rental, Jag's Car Rental, Kia Rent A Car, Motor Solutions, Nexgen Auto Rental, Pancho's Auto Rental, Safari Rental, Safe Tours Belize, Tour Belize, Varela's Auto Rental and Vista Auto Rentals.