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Getting there & away




A major transit point for all bus companies servicing southern Belize, Dangriga’s main bus station is across from the Drums of Our Fathers Monument.

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Dangriga is the jumping off point for trips to Belize’s central cayes, as well as for chartered trips up and down the coast and regularly scheduled trips to Honduras. Boats to the cayes leave from opposite the Riverside Café on South Riverside Dr. Stop by around 9am to 10am, or the afternoon before, to check when boats will be leaving. Some lodges on the islands will organize a boat for you.

The water taxi Nesymein Neydy (522-0062, 522-3227) makes weekly trips from Dangriga to Puerto Cortés, Honduras, departing North Riverside Dr at 9am Saturday. The trip costs BZ$100 and takes from three to four hours. Captain Reyes’ boat also stops at Placencia and Big Creek to board passengers, so you can arrange for pick-up from those places as well. Be at the dock around 8am. The return trip from Puerto Cortés is on Tuesday; there are also trips on Saturday, though not every week.

Topsy’s Boat Service (623-9764, 522-0823) offers trips to all cayes reasonably accessible from Dangriga for decent prices on a sliding scale: the more people you can get for one trip (within reason), the less you can expect to pay per person. Day trips and longer to South Water Caye and Tobacco Caye can be arranged, as can trips to Glover’s Reef. Mike, owner of Topsy’s, can often be found in front of the Riverside Café when not on his boat.

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From Dangriga airport (DGA), Maya Island Air (522-3475; www.mayaairways.com) and Tropic Air (522-2129; www.tropicair.com) both fly several times daily to Belize City (one-way/return BZ$114/218, 25 minutes) and less often to Punta Gorda via Placencia.

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