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An old, hand-pulled sugar barge ferries passengers and cars across the New River from just south of Corozal Town to the road to Copper Bank, Cerros, and the Shipstern peninsula. The ferry is free from 6 am to 9 pm daily. To get to the ferry from Corozal, take the Northern Highway south toward Orange Walk Town and look for the ferry sign. Turn left and follow the unpaved road to the ferry landing. A second, hand-pulled auto ferry has been added between Copper Bank and Sarteneja, at the mouth of Laguna Seca. From Copper Bank, follow the ferry signs. Near Chunox, at a T-intersection, turn left and follow the unpaved road 20 mi (32 km) to Sarteneja.
A twice-daily water taxi operates between Corozal Town and Ambergris Caye, with a stop on demand at Sarteneja. San Pedro-Belize Express boats depart from Corozal at the pier near Reunion Park behind Corozal Cultural Center at 7 am and 3 pm and also go from the San Pedro-Belize Express terminal at Shark's Pier on the sea side of San Pedro at 7 am and 3 pm. Fare is BZ$45 one-way. The trip usually takes one hour and 45 minutes but may be longer if there's a stop at Sarteneja, or if the weather is bad.
Tour boats run from near Orange Walk on the New River to Lamanai. Boats from San Pedro and Caye Caulker bring visitors from those islands to Altun Ha and environs via Bomba, a small coastal village.
San Pedro Water Jets Xpress. The San Pedro Water Jets Xpress boat departs leaves Chetumal from the Muelle Fiscal (Municipal Pier) daily at 3 pm, arriving at the pier on the back side of San Pedro near the soccer field. The boat continues on to Caye Caulker. From Caye Caulker to Chetumal, the boat departs daily at 7:30 am; from San Pedro to Chetumal, the boat departs daily at 8 am. The advertised rate is US$35 (BZ$70) between San Pedro and Chetumal, and US$40 (BZ$80) to or from Caye Caulker. Higher rates may be in effect on holidays and some weekends.This water taxi takes about 90 minutes between Chetumal and San Pedro and 2 hours between Chetumal and Caye Caulker. If you are buying your ticket in Chetumal—ticket offices are near the entrance to the pier—you may be able to negotiate a lower price than the advertised rate, sometimes as little as US$20 (BZ$40) San Pedro Town. 226/2194.
San Pedro Belize Express. The San Pedro Belize Express departs from the Muelle Fiscal in Chetumal at 3:30 pm, returning from Caye Caulker (the pier on Front St. near the basketball court) at 7 am and from San Pedro (pier at Black Coral St.treet, on the front side, near Wahoo's Bar & Grill) at 7:30 am. The advertised rate is are US$30 (BZ$60) between Chetumal and San Pedro, and US$37.50 (BZ$65) between Chetumal and Caye Caulker. The water taxi takes about 90 minutes between Chetumal and San Pedro and 2 hours between Chetumal and Caye Caulker. If you are buying your ticket in Chetumal— the ticket office is near the entrance to the pier—you may be able to negotiate a lower price than the advertised rate, sometimes as little as US$20 (BZ$40). Pier at Black Coral St., San Pedro Town. 226/3535. www.belizewatertaxi.com.
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