Introducing Northern Cayes
Many travelers chose to exit Belize by sea via either Water Jets or San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi, both of which offer fairly efficient ferry service on alternating days between Caye Caulker, San Pedro and Chetumal, Mexico. Daily boats leave Caye Caulker at 7am and stop in San Pedro to pick up passengers and clear immigration. Though theoretically the boat should leave San Pedro by 8:30, the immigration line at San Pedro can move more slowly than at the land borders. In addition to the BZ$37.50 exit fee, passengers are also charged a BZ$10 'port fee'.
The trip between San Pedro and Chetumal takes around two hours. Once you've cleared immigration in San Pedro you'll be unable to leave the dock, but a small dockside snack kiosk will change the last of your Belize dollars for Mexican pesos or US dollars at reasonable rates. There's also usually a money-changer on the boat.
Upon entering the port of Chetumal, you'll be greeted by soldiers and your luggage gone over by drug-sniffing dogs before being asked to pay the Mexican 'exit tax' of US$25 (MXN295) up front; save your receipt to avoid paying this tax again when exiting Mexico. Though it's more comfortable to get to Chetumal by boat than by land, the trip is only marginally faster owing to bottlenecks in customs and immigration on both ends.
Northern Cayes destination guides
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