Fly vs. Drive/Water Taxi To Belize’s Cayes

When I was researching logistics for our upcoming trip to Belize, in December 2017, I was debating about whether to fly or drive/water taxi to Caye Caulker from San Ignacio. The airstrip on Caye Caulker is shutdown for construction/maintenance so the only option was to fly to Ambergris and then take a water taxi.

It was $70 more total for two people to fly and saves us between 3-4 hours of time, plus the convenience. This is where the character of PassportPages really comes out. This site is for travelers that are not quite budget backpackers, nor are they looking for luxury. PassportPages is for the people in-between.


  • Flight from Maya Flats airstrip (San Ignacio) to Ambergris Caye (San Pedro): about an hour
  • Water taxi from Ambergris to Caye Caulker: 30 minvs.
  • Drive from San Ignacio to Belize City Water Taxi Terminal: 2-3 hours
  • Water taxi to Caye Caulker: 45 min

Our total trip is 9 days including travel back-and-forth so, for us paying an additional $70 is worth it. Plus, we wanted to go to Ambergris (San Pedro) anyway. Since we’re landing there pretty early in the morning we can spend the whole day there and take a water taxi to Caye Caulker anytime during the day. So we’ll save about $50 in water taxi fares shuttling from Caye to Caye.


Should you fly or drive? It depends on your budget and time constraints. $70 extra dollars was worth it to fly, especially since we will be saving $50 in water taxi fare. Since we don’t have a lot of time, that time saving also justified the cost.

About the cover image: Since we haven’t actually gone on the trip yet and I needed an image for this post, this photo is from a water taxi I took along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok a few years ago.

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