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By Plane

Belize City's Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (airport code BZE) is serviced by several airlines out of major U.S. hubs. American Airlines, Delta, Southwest, and United all have regular direct service to Belize. WestJet and Air Canada have direct flights from Toronto with a flight time of 5 and a half hours. Flying time from Miami is just more than 2 hours.

There are no direct flights to Belize from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, mainland Asia, or Africa. From Canada, the only direct flights are seasonal winter charters. To get to Belize from any of these points of origin, you will have to connect through one of the U.S. hubs.

Getting into Town from the Airport

The Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport is located 16km (10 miles) northwest of the city on the Northern Highway. There is no public bus service or shuttle van service. However, taxis are there to meet every flight. A taxi into town will cost BZ$50.

By Cruise Ship

As many as one million tourists stop in Belize as part of a cruise itinerary per year. All ships call at Belize City and offer a wide range of day-tour options around the country. Cruise lines that offer stops in Belize as part of their Caribbean and Panama Canal routes include Crystal Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises and Seabourn Yachts. It might pay off to book through a travel agency that specializes in cruises; these companies are rewarded by the cruise lines when they sell a lot of inventory with perks they pass on to their customers (like free upgrades, a waiving of gratuities and more). Try the CruisesOnly (www.cruises only.com), Vacations To Go (www.vacationstogo.com) or World Wide Cruises (www.worldwidecruises.com).

Note: Norwegian  Cruise Lines lso calls in Belize just south of Placencia, but their terminal, Harvest Caye, is not the ecotourism destination that it’s marketed as. Not only was a manatee mating habitat dredged to build this terminal, scarlet macaws and keel-billed toucans are caged as an attraction for arriving guests, and neither bird species is equipped for life by the sea. Plus, with barely 300 macaws living in the wild in Belize, reducing their population by any amount has major consequences. Wildlife lovers might want to consider cruising with another company for this reason.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.