Flying between national destinations gives visitors a unique and colorful perspective of Belize. Local carriers offer commercial and charter flights on Cessna aircraft and by helicopter. Most commercial flights are over water but with close proximity to land. On average, these planes fly between two thousand and four thousand feet. Flights are scheduled daily, including holidays. Weather may cause delays or cancellations. Luggage restrictions may apply on smaller aircraft.
Helicopter service is a recent but increasingly popular option with visitors. Business executives benefit from its ease of logistical convenience while sightseers enjoy a bird’s eye view of Belize’s stunning natural attractions.
Tropic Air: This airline makes flights to national destinations, including Belmopan. Its fleet of aircraft includes 14-seater Cessna Caravans and Airvans.
Maya Island Air: This airline transports passengers and cargo aboard Islanders, Airvans and 14-seater Cessna Caravans.
Javier’s Flying Service: This Cayo-based company offers domestic charter flights as well as international charter flights to Roatan, Honduras. Sightseeing tours to the Blue Hole, Maya temples and other attractions are also available. Its largest plane carries a maximum of five passengers.
Astrum Helicopters: Astrum specializes in custom adventure sightseeing tours, transfers to hotels and properties with heliports or nearby airports/airstrips and offers charters for film or photography crews. The company operates the Bell 206 helicopter family of turbine powered rotary wing aircraft.
Vans, sport utility vehicles, trucks and compact cars can be rented in Belize from one of several local providers. Larger companies have branches at the Phillip Goldson International Airport and in Belize City. Smaller entities have established operations in urban centers. Drive on the right hand side of the road. Obey all traffic signs. Decrease speed in bad weather. Be on guard for narrow roads and blind curves.
Belize City: Cruise visitors often rent scooters to tour the old capital.
San Pedro: Visitors travel around on golf carts or segways during their stay.
Placencia: Explore the peninsula in a rental vehicle or on a golf cart.
Water taxis have scheduled runs between Belize City, San Pedro and Caye Caulker. Transfer services also exist between Corozal, San Pedro and Caye Caulker.
Visitors can travel by boat between Punta Gorda, Placencia and Dangriga.
The Hokey Pokey water taxi ferries passengers between Mango Creek and Placencia.