Turneffe Flats, Belize

About Belize & Turneffe Flats


Formerly known as British Honduras, Belize is a small Caribbean country just south of Mexicoís Yucatan Peninsula. Offshore, a vast barrier reef and scores of small islands create a unique marine environment prized by salt water anglers, divers, kayakers and birders.

The official language is English, but the culture reflects the rich heritage of the Mayans, who built stunning temples on the mainland, and the various European powers that sailed the Caribbean as they settled the New World. It is a member of the British Commonwealth, and has a parliamentary democracy thatís produced a long period of political stability.

Turneffe is an atoll 30 miles off shore, almost directly east of Belize City. It is one of only four coral atolls in the Western Hemisphere. Itís well situated for fly fishing and diving.

Getting There: Arrival/Departure


This trip begins in Belize City.

You are free to make your own flight arrangements if you want or have us make them for you. We have access to competitive fares to Belize. If you make your own flight arrangements, please let us know your arrival and departure details at least 30 days before traveling.

Several airlines fly directly from the U.S. to Belize (BZE). Most departures are from Miami and Houston. American, Continental, and Taca offer the most flights to Belize City.

American Airlines: (800) 433-7300
Continental Airlines: (800) 525-0280
Taca Airlines: (800) 535-8780

Arrival


Please plan to arrive Belize City no later than 2:30 p.m. Upon arrival at Belize International Airport (BZE), you will clear Customs and exit the airport. If you need assistance with your luggage (a very short distance), there are airport porters available. A representative of Turneffe Flats will meet you outside of Customs and transport you immediately to the Princess International Hotel Marina for the boat ride to Turneffe. If for some reason you cannot find a representative of Turneffe Flats at the airport, please take a taxi to the Princess International Hotel Marina. It takes 20 minutes to get from the airport to the marina.

The Turneffe boat leaves at 3:30pm. For safety reasons, it can leave no later. The boat trip to Turneffe takes approximately 70-minutes in their 31 ft. Ocean Master. You travel through several offshore cayes, the Barrier Reef, 8 miles of open ocean, and then across Turneffe Island.

In Case of Delay


If you are delayed for any reason, and miss the 3:30 boat to Turneffe, you will need to stay in Belize City overnight and catch the 8:00 boat on Sunday morning. Take a taxi from the airport to the Princess International Marina Hotel and make arrangements to stay the night. Plan to be at the Princess International Marina with your luggage by 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

Departure


You will be at the Belize City International airport in time to catch all international flights out. Currently, the earliest is at 10:25 a.m.

The transfer boat leaves the island at 6:30am on Saturday morning. From the marina in Belize City you will be transported to the airport and a porter (Steve) will usually be there to help with your bags and documents. Steve, and airport employee, can make things much easier, and we recommend that you use him. A small tip is appropriate.

If you have time before your flight, we recommend an excursion to the Belize City Zoo outside of town. Itís an interesting zoo and worth an hour or two. This can easily be arranged in Belize City at the Princess Hotel. You can go with one of the 2 tour companies located there, or with a taxi driver. Many taxi drivers also serve as tour guides.

Documentation and Visas


A passport valid for at least six months past your planned stay is required of U.S. Citizens. No visa is required. If you are not a U.S. Citizen, check with the Embassy of Belize for specific requirements:

Departure Tax


You will pay a Tourist Departure Tax of $20 U.S. per person at the International Airport as you depart Belize.

Electricity


Electricity in the Belize is 110 volt 60 cycle, the same as in the United States. You will not need a converter to use outlets. Turneffe has a generator with 110V/220V AC.

Water


Turneffeís water comes from rainwater cisterns and desalinization, so fresh water is somewhat limited. Conservation is appreciated.

Bar


Liquor, beer and soft drinks are not included in the trip price. The bar is stocked with local Belikin beer, red & white wine, Scotch, Bourbon, Vodka, etc.

Your bar bill is settled at the end of the week in cash, travelerís checks, or personal checks.

Other Travel Information


Embassy of Belize

2535 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
Telephone: (202) 332-9636

In the event of a lost passport, the loss should be reported immediately to the local police and the nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate. The address and telephone of the U.S. Embassy in Belize is:

U.S. Embassy-Belize
Gaburel Lane at Hutson St.
Belize City, Belize
Telephone: 011 501 27 7161