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Belize Waterways

The rivers of Belize are not used for cargo or passenger transportation. 

In coastal areas, maritime transport is available as both international maritime transportation for bulk and container shipping and local maritime transportation provided by fishing vessels, freight barges and recreational boats. Several water taxi operators run formal and informal services, largely linked to tourism, to the islands and offshore destinations. Some operators have boats with a capacity of more than 100 passengers.

For more information on government contact details, please see the following link:

4.1 Belize Government Contact List

Company Information

Companies offering services of water taxi include the following:

  • Caye Caulker Water Taxi Association
  • San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi
  • Ocean Ferry Belize
  • Tropic Ferry
  • Nautilus Express Water Taxi
  • Thunderbolt Water Taxi
  • Coastal Express

Passenger Carrying Capacity

 

Caye Caulker

San Pedro

Ocean Ferry

Number of

Passenger Vessels

< 50 Passengers

2

1

3

Number of

Passenger Vessels

> 100 Passengers

2

3

2

Passenger Carrying Capacity

 

Caye Caulker

San Pedro

Ocean Ferry

Boats

Number of Boats

4

4

5

Tonnage / Volume

Carrying Capacity (MT / m3)

Up to 100 pax

Up to 114 pax

Up to 140 pax

Travel Time Matrix

Schedules that indicate arrival and departure times from water taxi operators are largely respected. Water taxis are mainly used for commuting and transporting cargo (41%), touristic visits to the islands (30%) and general transportation (29%). Most of the water taxi operators have their own port facilities in Belize City and North Front Street.

 

Travel Time from Belize City to other major Destinations on Water Taxi Boat

 

Belize City

Caye Caulker

San Pedro

Chetumal

Belize City

 

45 minutes

90 minutes

180 minutes

Caye Caulker

45 minutes

 

45 minutes

135 minutes

San Pedro 

90 minutes

45 minutes

 

90 minutes

Chetumal

180 minutes

135 minutes

90 minutes

 

Key Routes

Key Route Information

Domestic / International

 

From: Belize City

To: San Pedro

From: Belize City

To: Caye Caulker

From: Belize City

To: Chetumal

Total Distance (km)

90 km

45 km

130 km

Width (m)

Broadest: 25 m
Narrowest: 3 m

Broadest: 25 m
Narrowest: 3 m

Broadest: 25 m
Narrowest: 3 m

Seasonal Effects

No

No

No

Regular Traffic

Passenger / Cargo

Yes

Yes

Yes

Companies Operating

Along the Route

Several

Several

Several

Security Concerns

No

No

No

Main Ports

No

No

No

Port Information

Key Port Information

 

Belize City

San Pedro

Caye Caulker

Location

Belize City

San Pedro

Caye Caulker

Contact Information

Each Operator

Each Operator

Each Operator

Connections with Other

Transport Means

Road and by air

Only by air

Only by air

Storage Capacity (m2 and m3)

10 m2

15 m2

10 m2

Handling Equipment

No

No

No

Customs Clearance Available

No

No

No

Other Comments

Small port facilities for passengers

Small port facilities for passengers

Small port facilities for passengers

 

 

Disclaimer: Inclusion of company information in the LCA does not imply any business relationship between the supplier and WFP / Logistics Cluster, and is used solely as a determinant of services, and capacities. 

Please note: WFP / Logistics Cluster maintain complete impartiality and are not in a position to endorse, comment on any company's suitability as a reputable service provider. 

 

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