Are you considering travelling to Caye Caulker, Belize? Our post will assist you in what you need to know about travelling from Flores in Guatemala to Caye Caulker in Belize. (latest update 2019)
There are over 450 Belize Islands or Belize Cayes (cayes – pronounced keys) and the most favourite ones with travellers are Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker.
Travelling To Caye Caulker from Flores
If you are staying in Flores there are many small travel agents that offer the shuttle bus journey from Flores to Caye Caulker. The same travel agents can assist in arranging your visit via shuttle bus to Tikal National Park where you should stay the night and book the sunrise and sunset tour to the Tikal Ruins.
There is a day tour available with lunch to visit Tikal National Park from Flores.
Our day started with a very early departure from Hotel Casona de la Isla in Flores at 5.30am. Our expectations that our shuttle bus would be a medium size bus that would be comfortable for the 7-hour journey to the waterfront of Belize City for our water taxi to Caye Caulker were shattered. The minibus arrived, yes mini shuttle bus, full of very sleepy or very hungover travellers and we managed to squeeze into the last two seats. Open windows became the air conditioning. Very squashy it was! A journey that we would not want to repeat again.
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Our journey to Caye Caulker commences – don’t pay the first price you are quoted
Travellers were talking amongst themselves as we got on, we could hear that some paid GTQ150 for the trip, others GTQ90 and we paid GTQ250 for two persons = AUD32.
To Travel Too Tip
We certainly would recommend shopping around at the several travel agencies in Flores to see who offers the best price for this journey.
We travelled for 90 minutes through the beautiful countryside of Guatemala, very green and serene in the early morning sunlight. Two kilometres from the border a local boarded the bus eager to change our Guatemalan Quetzal’s for Belize dollars at a competitive rate. He informed us there are were ATMs at the border crossing. We definitely were a captive audience. Did we change some money? Yes, but just a small amount, enough to get by in case we needed it.
To Travel Too Tip
Check the daily exchange rate before you travel from Quetzal to Belize $$.
On arrival at the border, the driver informed us that we had to take our suitcases with us and queue at the departure counter and then walk the bags across the border to the Belize Immigration building.
After checking out of Guatemala we headed towards Belize Immigration. As we entered a man asked us to write down our passport details on a form, we had no idea why but everyone did it, so we did it as well warily. Hopefully, this was not a scam, as by now this man had enough information from us to be used in identity theft. He was also a great salesman and suggested that if we do not have tickets for the journey from Belize City to Caye Caulker he was able to assist us in purchasing these tickets. As we were about to board the bus our man turned up again to sell tickets on the San Pedro Express to Caye Caulker at a reduced rate, as we had some USD left we paid him for two tickets.
1.5 hours later after travelling through the countryside we arrived at Belize City at the Water Taxi Terminal. Talk about confusion as we got off the shuttle bus! There were two companies that offer a water taxi service to Caye Caulker from two different terminals. The terminal we had been dropped off at was not the one that San Pedro Belize Express left from. Caye Caulker Water Taxis are more than slightly annoyed that we had already purchased tickets on board the bus for San Pedro. We grabbed our bags quickly from the bus and walked them about 1km to the terminal and arrived ten minutes before the service departed. Talk about stress! What Belize Water Taxi will you book? To be honest, from the look of both of them, they are much the same as each other.
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These water taxis are by no means comfortable. If you have a phobia of being in confined spaces, this is not the way to travel. You are seated in a small hull with lots of people pushed in beside you. There are no open windows and one hatch that everyone enters and leaves from. That alone is a scary thought, how do you get out if there is an issue. If you sit at the front you get a thumping ride as the taxi hits the waves full frontal. It was also very hot down there. 45 minutes later we arrived at Caye Caulker and the ride was quickly forgotten. Ahead us was paradise, turquoise green water, silvery sands a tropical island paradise.
We collected our luggage and headed towards the shore of paradise. There are no cars on Caye Caulker only golf buggies and they were all queued up waiting for us. Clifton, a local buggy driver, approached us and took us to our hotel De Real McCaw. All transfers are a set price of USD5. Check the latest prices and availability here. BTW look at the photo of the hotel and we occupied the bottom corner of the hotel, with the long verandah and ocean views. We loved it so much we extended to 7 nights.
How much did the journey cost?
Cost of shuttle bus from Flores to Belize City GTQ125 per person ttl AUD32.00 (USD34.00)
Departure tax Guatemala GTQ40 = AUD5 (USD5.45) per person
Water Taxi Cost: USD15 for the both of us
USD5 for golf buggy to hotel
Things to do in Caye Caulker:
Check out how we swam with sharks in Belize.
There is a range of accommodation on the Island of Caye Caulker in Belize.
Tripadvisor has a list of recommended restaurants on Caye Caulker with reviews from travellers just like you.
There are several Airbnb properties located on Caye Caulker.
If you have not booked an Airbnb property before we have a special $$$ saving voucher for first time bookers.
Our return journey
For our return journey out of Caye Caulker to Mexico we travelled by water taxi from Caye Caulker to Chetumal. Was it as rough? Yes, and it was longer. Plan some extra time at the Mexican Immigration. It can be a nightmare, they leave you standing out in the hot sun whilst they slowly check all your documents.
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