Vacations to Belize - Air Tickets Information
Vacations to Belize - Air Tickets Information
Although it is not required, we strongly recommend you fly in a day early if you have the time. By adding an extra day to your itinerary, almost any SNAFU can be dealt with and you can still arrive on time for your trip. Please visit our Things to Do in Belize page and our Belize page for activities and lodging we recommend that you may add to either end of your trip with us.
When you begin planning to join us, if you find a good deal on a flight, don’t hesitate! We have heard many sad tales about a fantastic deal missed due to procrastination. Also, before you make the final purchase, make sure you have the days correct. We have also seen those who don’t fully read our material and book themselves flying in too late to meet us, or back to the U.S. before the trip is over.
What airlines fly to Belize?
There are several options for flying to Belize from the U.S or Canada. You may fly to Belize on one of several carriers: United, American, Delta, Southwest, or Taca (El Salvador). We no longer recommend Taca because of personal experience with their extremely-lame customer service.
How do I get the best rates to Belize?
One technique to get the best rates is to book as early as possible. There is enough variety between flights from the US to warrant comparison-shopping; please see the chart below for all of your options. Last season we saw an increase in cancelled and delayed flights, which meant that many of our guests were very glad they purchased a travel insurance policy. A large percentage of our guests are able to take our advice and fly in a day early, which accounts for the small percentage of our guests who experience problems.
What's the best air route to Belize?
When you make your reservations, try to arrange for as few connecting flights as possible. If you have several connections, small delays can add up to missing your final flight from your gateway city to Belize. If at all possible, do not accept reservations with less than two hours between connections; very tight connections increase the possibility that you will miss one of your connecting flights. If you are flying in a day early you don’t have to be as concerned about multiple and tight connections.
Flying from Cancun, Mexico to Belize
Updated 4Dec15: Tropic Air of Belize is now offering flights between Cancun and Belize City twice a day. However, the cost is between $250 and $300 so it is unlikely it will save you money, and could add an extra day to each end, just like the bus (depends on your arrival and departure time from the US). We have seen this flight offered before and it has never lasted, so we are skeptical that it will last, which is why the updated date is included above. Check Tropic's website to find current status.
Taking the bus from Cancun, Mexico to Belize
ADO Bus Line, Mexico’s largest bus carrier, has just started direct bus service from the Cancun airport to Belize City. The trip costs around $80 RT and overnight schedules are available to allow travelers the convenience of not having to take an extra day to make the connection between Belize City and their flights in and out of Cancun. The bus trip is 8 hours and passengers ride in first class buses, much nicer than US bus services.
Flights from the US to Cancun are usually less expensive than flying to Belize, and occasionally one can find super deals as low as $300 RT. If this is the case, it can be worth it to look into this route for travel to Belize, especially if you are coming as a family or larger group. If you aren’t getting as low as $300 RT for the air, it probably is not worth it to get to Belize via Cancun.
To look into the bus schedules and to make reservations, go to ADO Bus Line’s website (in Spanish) at http://www.ado.com.mx/ado/index.jsp. If you find fares listed in Mexican pesos, convert to US $ by dividing by 16 (current rate in early December 2015, can check online for a pesos to dollars converter).
Related blog post: Latest update: fly to Cancun, bus to Belize – step-by-step
Related blog post: Cancun to Belize City ADO bus firsthand report
What do we do?
From Utah we fly to Houston or Dallas on whichever airline gives us the best deal, or with which we have frequent flyer points, and we often overnight in that US city if the connections would be too tight to get to Belize in one day. We then switch to United or American to fly to Belize. This way we get the best price, and if staying in the US overnight, our luggage can catch up (it may be still behind).
What if I have to stay overnight in Houston?
When staying overnight in Houston, we recommend three hotels that are near the airport: Country Inn & Suites (281) 987-2400; Comfort Suites (281) 442-0600; Hampton Inn (281) 442-4600; all on JFK Blvd. You want to stay on JFK because this cluster of motels is located near restaurants you can walk to. There is another cluster near the airport where you will starve without a vehicle. If you stay at one of these (all in the $90-120/night range) you will have a choice of several restaurants within walking distance. The airport shuttles runs 18 hours/day; if you arrive after 11:00 p.m. you will probably have to catch a cab. We don’t have recommendations like this for any other city because we don’t use any other route where we have needed an airport hotel.
Belize Air Schedules
The following is provided to help you make your plans, but all information could change without notice (it changes often). Please check with the airline for up-to-date information.
|Airline||Gateway City||US Departure||BZE Arrival||BZE Departure||US Arrival|
|United-Sat-Sun only||Houston||8:50 a.m.||11:25 a.m.||1:45 p.m.||4:25 p.m.|
|1:15 p.m.||3:50 p.m.||4:55 p.m.||
|American-daily||Miami||9:45 a.m.||11:07 a.m.||12:05 p.m.||3:14 p.m.|
|American-daily||Miami||12:30 p.m.||1:43 p.m.||2:45 p.m.||5:56 p.m.|
|American-daily||Dallas/Ft Worth||1:25 p.m.||4:20 p.m.||5:15 p.m.||8:18 p.m.|
|Delta-daily||Atlanta||10:00 a.m.||12:14 p.m.||1:45 p.m.||4:25 p.m.|
|*Southwest-daily||Houston||2:20 pm||4:45 pm||5:40 pm||8:15 pm|
* Note the Southwest flight uses a different airport in Houston.
Related blog post: Packing for Belize
It is a good idea to carry-on one bag that has everything that you cannot do without (i.e. change of clothes, medications, and necessary toiletries). Occasionally, airlines will mark one of your two bags "Priority," so that if unavoidable, they will bump only one of your bags. This is yet another reason to purchase trip insurance; with trip insurance replacement cost for items may be recovered. (Please call Travelex (800) 228-9792 for a travel insurance policy or visit their website; Slickrock’s location number is 44-0013.) Some items lost or delayed can be replaced in Belize City, but if arriving right before your trip meeting, many stores are already closed.
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Belize international airport arrival: A surprise awaits you
Visas are handed out to U.S., British, and Canadian citizens on the plane; citizens of other countries should check with their consulate about acquiring visas. At the airport you pass through immigration and customs. Depending on which of our trips you are on, you will either take a cab to the Biltmore Plaza Hotel or fly directly to Dangriga. Cab drivers at Belize International are sometimes guilty of overcharging even though prices are posted on the wall in the arrival area (currently $35 U.S. per cab, but prices are in flux due to rising gasoline costs). By wearing your Slickrock T-shirt to the airport, it is easy to identify other guests to share a cab with. Please remember that we meet at the published time on Day 1 of our itinerary. If for any reason you cannot make the meeting it is important that you let us know by calling the Utah office. See "If Late or Delayed" in the itinerary sheet for your trip. (You can request this document.) If you are only a half hour late and your guide knows this in advance, he/she will wait for you as long as possible.