Tom and I, as divers, have been to Belize and the Caye's a number of times, but never Ambergris. We always shunned it because it was 'the' place to go.
We started off from the local CAME bus station at 7:30 AM. The ADO buses are quite nice, comfy seats that recline, TV screens where they blast movies at you the entire trip, gotta love those mp3 players and headphones. Plenty o AC, brrrrrrr!
and an on board bathroom.
The trip from Merida to Chetumal is 5 1/2 to 6 hours depending on travel conditions, with a short stop about midway for potty and snack break. We chatted, laughed, read, watched silly movies, listened to music or podcasts, snacked, and watched the scenery pass by. I must say, bus travel is THE way to go!
We arrived in Chetumal, and caught taxis to the muelle (dock) where the ferry to transport us to Ambergris would leave. Bought our tickets, checked our bags and walked a short distance to a great little seafood place that apparently has a branch here in Merida.
after some fabulous fish tacos and a beer, well that's what I had, we went back to the dock, went through Immigration (leaving Mexico entering Belize) and we were nearly there!
At the dock all our checked luggage was lined up on the side of the dock and we were requested to place our hand luggage in a line in the center of the dock. We were then all asked to stand away. The sniffer dog did two or three passes and we were cleared to retrieve our stuff and board! Pretty cool!
Oh, current fees for exiting Mexico and entering Belize -
our ferry was 37.50usd p/p
I believe there would have been an Exit the Country fee of some sort except that we are residents of Mexico.
and a port fee of 5usd p/p
I read a lot of forum discussion on these port fees, opinions vary on whether they are legal or not! Regardless, you want to ride, you pay the fee!
ok, so now we are ready for our hour and a half boat ride! During the trip the young purser passed around a box of cookies and snacks for us to each take one, and he pushed a cooler into the aisle with water and sodas - full service - although I never looked to see if there was a head!
sit back, relax, and enjoy the very bumpy ride!
arriving at the dock on Ambergris Caye
Manana, Being There!