Private vehicles are a convenient way to travel inland. For time-saving purposes, some people prefer to travel by local Belize airplane. However, for most locals and some visitors, short distances are covered by taxis, bicycles, motorcycles, scooters or simply walking. Meanwhile, for long distances the bus is the main means of transportation, especially now with rising fuel prices.
The major highways in Belize have seen significant improvement over the years and continue to improve regularly. There are a few areas that are compact by limestone but can be rough, especially after rain, however they are smooth for most of the year. Drivers should always be careful especially at night due to animals, pedestrians and lack of signs on the road (especially where speed bumps or sharp turns are located).
There are 4 main highways in Belize; the Phillip Goldson Highway, also known as the Northern Highway. This is an 85 mile road that begins in Belize City and ends in Corozal Town, the most northern part of Belize. The George Price Highway, commonly known as the Western Highway starts at the southern exit of Belize City, and continues 77 miles west of Belize running through Hattieville, the Belize Zoo, the capital Belmopan, the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena and ends in Benque Viejo Del Carmen at the Guatemalan border. Next we have the Hummingbird Highway, a 56 mile stretch of paved road that starts at the Western Highway in Belmopan all the way to Dangriga. The Hummingbird dips and swoops through some of the most beautiful territory in Belize. Lastly, the Southern Highway which is one of the best roads in Belize starts at the cutoff just before entering Dangriga Town for 93 miles and is paved all the way to Punta Gorda.
Gas stations can be found along the highway and are plentiful in the major towns and cities of Belize and is sold by the gallon. Belizeans drive on the right side of the road, the speed limit is 55 miles per hour along the highways and 25-40 miles per hour through the villages and towns. Seatbelts are a must and road signs that display distance are in miles.
Here are some tips to follow when traveling by bus:
- a bus ticket does not guarantee a seat.
- standing on the bus aisle is against regulation but generally accepted by the public.
- bus companies are not responsible for any lost/forgotten luggage or personal property.
- bus runs may be delayed periodically, however it is better to learn the bus schedule.
- travelling by bus is the best way to experience Belizean cultures and lifestyles.