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Public Transportation in The Cayes

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Learning how to get around using public transportation in The Cayes is an important step in adjusting to life in The Cayes. In this article, we cover the local public transportation options.

The Cayes of Belize, a tropical paradise, offer a unique and laid-back approach to public transportation. Unlike the bustling cities with their subways and buses, the Cayes rely on water taxis, golf carts, and bicycles as their primary means of transport. Systems like the San Pedro Belize Express and the Coastal Xpress serve as the aquatic equivalents to city subways, shuttling residents and tourists between islands. For those wondering if a car is necessary, the answer is no. The combination of these transport options and the walkability of the islands makes it easy for expats to live comfortably without a car.

Water Taxis

Water taxis are the lifeline of the Cayes, connecting the islands to each other and to the mainland. Services like the San Pedro Belize Express and the Ocean Ferry Belize offer regular schedules and affordable rates for both locals and tourists. A ride from San Pedro to Caye Caulker, for example, might cost around $15-20 USD and takes about 30 minutes. These water taxis are not only a practical mode of transportation but also provide a scenic journey across the crystal-clear Caribbean waters. Safety is a priority, with life jackets provided and experienced captains navigating the routes. Even at night, the water taxis are considered safe, and many locals rely on them for their daily commute or for transporting goods between the islands.

Golf Carts

On the islands themselves, golf carts reign supreme. They are the primary mode of land transportation, especially in areas like Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. Renting a golf cart can be a fun and flexible way to explore the islands, with rental costs varying from $25 for a few hours to $70 or more for a full day. The carts are easy to operate, and the slow pace of island life means traffic is rarely an issue. Golf carts are suitable for all ages and are considered safe, even for solo travelers. Many expats and locals alike find that owning or renting a golf cart is more than sufficient for their transportation needs, whether it's a trip to the grocery store or a night out at a local restaurant.

Bicycles

Bicycles are another popular transportation option, particularly for those looking to stay active or reduce their carbon footprint. Many hotels and rental companies offer bikes for a nominal fee, and the flat terrain of the islands makes for easy riding. Cycling is a great way to take in the sights at a leisurely pace, and bike-friendly paths are common. While there are fewer concerns about traffic compared to larger cities, cyclists should still be cautious, especially at night, by using lights and reflective gear. For school children and locals, bicycles are a common sight and are considered a reliable and healthy way to navigate the islands.

Walking

Walking is perhaps the most enjoyable form of transportation in The Cayes. The compact size of the islands makes it possible to walk to most destinations, and the stunning views along the way are a bonus. The pedestrian-friendly streets, especially in Caye Caulker's "Go Slow" zone, encourage a leisurely pace that matches the laid-back lifestyle of the islands. Walking is safe at all hours, with the close-knit community keeping a watchful eye out for each other. For expats, a stroll to the local market or a sunset walk along the beach is part of the daily routine, negating the need for a car.

In conclusion, The Cayes of Belize offer a unique and efficient public transportation system that caters to the relaxed pace of island life. With the combination of water taxis, golf carts, bicycles, and pedestrian-friendly streets, expats can easily embrace a car-free lifestyle. The affordability and accessibility of these transport options make it convenient to live, work, and play in this Caribbean haven. Whether it's a solo adventure or a family outing, the public transportation in The Cayes is an integral part of the experience, connecting people to the beauty and culture of Belize.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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