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Cotton Tree Lodge Transportation & Logistics 2013

Cotton Tree Lodge Transportation & Logistics 2013

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Details on getting to and from Cotton Tree Lodge in southern Belize.
Details on getting to and from Cotton Tree Lodge in southern Belize.

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Transortation & Loistics
Belize 501.670.0557 | USA 212.529.8622 | Reservations 866.480.4534 | info@cottontreelodge.com | www.cottontreelodge.com
Belize is located on the Caribbean coast of Central America,bordered by Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula to the north andGuatemala to the west and south. It is easily reached fromthe US by short flights via Miami, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas,Newark, or Charlotte. As a former British Colony, Belize'sofficial language is English, making it easy for tourists fromNorth America and Europe to communicate and travel.With only 300,000 people in a country the size of Massachusetts, Belize is sparsely populated and still boastslarge tracts of unspoiled jungles and national parks, aswell as amazing rivers, waterfalls, wildlife, caves andarchaeological ruins. Visitors to Belize will encounter avibrant blend of cultures, including Mayan, Hispanic,Garifuna, East Indian, and Creole people.Cotton Tree Lodge is located in the Toledo District of southern Belize, between the Mayan villages of Santa Anaand San Felipe and along the Moho River. The CaribbeanOcean and the closest major town, Punta Gorda, are 15miles from the lodge - an easy ride by van or boat.To reach Cotton Tree Lodge, most visitors fly to Belize CityInternational Airport (BZE) and take a local flight south toPunta Gorda. The lodge provides transportation from PuntaGorda to Cotton Tree.
 
Continental (Houston, Newark), US Airways (Charlotte), Delta (Atlanta), American (Miami, Dallas/ Ft. Worth) and Taca (San Salvador) all serve Belize through their respective gateway cities. Belowyou’ll find estimated travel time and costs for flights originating from popular United Statesdeparture cities to the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport in Belize City. These estimatesassume a single traveler in economy class during the winter months, and do not take intoaccount baggage or other airline fees. The prices of plane tickets are highly variable, so pleaseuse the information here for rough guidelines only.
Make sure to arrive in Belize City no laterthan 3:30 PM in order to make your local flight.
There are two domestic airlines in Belize: Tropic Air and Maya Mountain Air. Cotton Tree Lodgeacts as an agent for both airlines and would be happy to assist you with booking your flight. Ifyou book without the assistance of Cotton Tree Lodge, please make sure to inform us as to yourarrival time so we can send a vehicle to meet you. The flight takes about 1 hour.
AirlineRound TripPriceDaily DeparturesBelize City --> PGDaily DeparturesPG --> Belize City
Tropic Air$267.507:50 AM, 10:20 AM, 12:20 AM,2:20 PM, 4:40 PM6:30 AM, 9:20 AM, 11:35 AM,1:35 PM, 4:00 PMMaya Island Air$265.008:10 AM, 10:10 AM, 2:40 PM,4:40 PM6:45 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM,4:00 PM
Tropic Air offers connections to Flores, Guatemala (near the famous Tikal ruins), and Maya Island Air offers connections to Cancun, Mexico, San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and Guatemala City.
Fits rom te USA
 
Departure CityLayoversTravel TimePrice Range
Boston17 - 10 hours $550 - $1000 USDNew York16 - 9 hours$500 - $900 USDPhiladelphia16 - 9 hours$500 - $900 USDWashington, D.C.16 - 8 hours$500 - $900 USDCharlotte06 - 8 hours$600 - $1000 USD Atlanta03 hours$600 - $900 USDHouston02.5 hours$600 - $900 USDMiami02 hours$400 - $700 USD
Domestic Fits
 
Bus service is available throughout Belize. It is inexpensive and relatively reliable, but rougherthan the buses you might be used to. The majority of the buses in Belize are converted USschool buses. The journey from Belize City to Punta Gorda takes approximately six hours andcosts $12 USD one way. Regular buses stop frequently and allow passengers to board as long asthere is standing room available. Express buses, which run twice per day, are air conditionedcoaches that stop only at major bus stations and make the trip in about 5 hours. We recommendthe James Bus Line, which stops in Belmopan, Dangriga and Independence (near Placencia) enroute from Belize City to Punta Gorda. While there are usually 10+ buses per day,schedules change frequently so it is best to get up to date information at the bus station.You can rent a car in most major towns in Belize, though outside of Belize City arrangements forsuch rentals are relatively informal. There are no one-way rentals, meaning you must return yourvehicle to the place where you rented it. The following rental companies are available at theinternational airport in Belize City:
Hertz
 Avis
Budget 
Vista Auto Rental
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Nex Gen Auto Rental
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Driving Directions
From all points north, take the Southern Highway towards Punta Gorda. At Independence, besure to follow signs pointing towards Punta Gorda (there is one junction with clearly markedsigns). Follow this road until you pass through Indian Creek village and you arrive a junction thatlocals call Dump'. There will be a gas station on your right. Make a left here and drive about fourmore miles until you see signs for Barranco and Cotton Tree Lodge on your right. Turn right ontothis unpaved road and follow the signs for Cotton Tree Lodge for approximately five miles. Youwill pass through the village of San Felipe and see orange groves on your left. Make a left at theCotton Tree Lodge sign and follow the road one mile, bearing left at the fork, until you arrive atthe Cotton Tree Lodge parking lot.
Cancun, Mexico
Some guests find it less expensive to fly to Cancun, Mexico. This can be a worthwhile option ifyou are interested in seeing Mayan ruins in that area, such as Tulum. It takes two buses to travelfrom Cancun to Belize City. From the main bus terminal in Cancun, ATS runs air-conditionedbuses to Chetumal five times a day. The trip takes five hours and costs $10 USD. At ChetumalTerminal, purchase a ticket to Belize City. The fare is around $6 USD and takes approximatelytwo hours. From Belize City, you can fly to Punta Gorda or take the James Bus (see “Bus Travel”).
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