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Go from Tulum (Mexico) to Caye Caulker/San Pedro (Belize) by bus and boat

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  1. Nice summary of the details!

  2. Great post… were doing this tomorrow based on your advice!

  3. JonC – I am happy that the post helps. Let me know how it goes. Maybe you will have so suggestions to improve the trip.

  4. Nice trip esp.for me who is seeking for nice and cool place. Thanks for the advice!

  5. Its a very nice and good info and details, thanks so much.
    I would like to know if there is another way to arrive early to caye caulker so i can enjoy all morning and day, because im in tulum, and i would like to take a night bus from here, and then move to where?????? do u think ist better if a go from chetumal to belize city and then i can take a early taxi water in the morning to caye caulker????? thanks so much.

    • Esther. As far as I know, the Chetumal bus to Belize would be your only alternative to the 3pm boat (unless they have added new times since I made the trip). I can’t remember how much time the bus to Belize City takes but for some reason I decided not to do it. In my opinion Belize city is a real slum, so I didn’t want to spend anytime there. The good thing about the Tulum to Chetumal bus is that you get to take in a fair deal of good scenery. Good luck on your Journey ~ Joel

  6. Hello, I would like to know is there is a boat from Chetumal to San Pedro or Caye Caulker directly friday afternoon

    • When I took the boat it went directly from Chetumal to San Perdo then on to Caye Caulker. As far as I know, this boat leaves every afternoon from Chetumal. One way of checking is to go to the ADO bus terminal to check the schedule. They would have up to date info.

  7. Thanks Joel.
    We were looking for this exact info for next week on our honeymoon.
    Your info is the best.

  8. Just wanted to update everyone, we just got back. Departure and Entry fees. You will maybe pay a departure fee leaving Mexico $25.00 usd. Make sure you get a receipt, don’t leave without it, we just came back and we are not sure if this was real or not, she wouldn’t give us a receipt and we were in a hurry. Then leaving Belize you will pay a $10.00 marina port fee each and then another $370.00 ?? Belizean to leave like $17.00 usd. Then when you enter back into Mexico you will again pay $25.00 usd. We understood from immigration at the airport if you are not out of Mexico for more than 3 days these fees from Mexico side should be waived. We didn’t know to ask. If anyone has additional information I would be grateful to know about it.

    • Thanks so much for this update Andrea. It has been a while since I did this post so all updates are greatly appreciated. And yes, if anyone has more info it would be great.

  9. Joel,

    Do you feel it is safe leaving Tulum and going to Caye Caulkner as a woman traveling alone?


    • Thank you, great description!

  10. I will be travelling from Tulum to Placencia and would like to know what the best method is – I really just need to make sure I can get there on the same day because I have been told there are buses from Tulum to Belize but then the last ferry to leave Belize is at 2:30pm or something and I’m concerned I won’t make it on time. Any help with regards to this will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  11. For those with more time seeking another local experience, I would suggest a different route through Corozal and an overnight stay at the Sea Breeze Inn, beofre taking the Thunderbolt water taxi to San Pedro > Belize Express to Caye Caulker. We ended up staying 3 nights and really enjoyed it.

  12. Thanks for the help! I’m planning on doing the exact same route in a few days and was wondering about the water taxi times. I looked at the websites and as far as I could tell, they leave Chetumal at 3:00pm everyday and leave Caye Caulker at 7:00am everyday, is this right. I’ll basically be doing the same route in reverse to get back to Tulum.

  13. Thanks for the info Joel. Do you know if it is possible for water taxi from Chetumal to make a stop to drop a passenger in Sarteneja upon request?

  14. Hi !
    is there any other islands around ore nearbyBelize that you can recommend visiting? We are thinking about visiting the Mayan sights Tikal and reaching there by island to island and are planing our route from Tulum.
    We allso been checking out the map and the islands of Honduras like Utila and this island far apart from each other from Belize? I’m so thankful for any tips ! Regards Tanja. you for

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