Kilometers Traveled – 328
Hours in Car with Children – 5
Unscheduled Potty Breaks – 2
Belikins Consumed – 4
Current Location – Tony’s Inn, room #30 Corozal, BZ
Wireless Internet -  not yet.

We got off to a late start, as is customary in the Kinnon household. Car packed, kids settled, cooler stocked we set off on a straight shot down 307 to the Belize/Mexico border in Chetumal.


Cole and Birdie comfortable in the back.


There is an impressive amount of roadwork being done from about 40 kilometers north of Philipe Carrillo Puerto all the way to Limones, the jungle on either side being cleared to accommodate a 4 lane highway. Controlled burns are being utilized to eliminate the scrub brush and small trees that have been cut.


Mayan home in Limones.


Approaching the turn off for Mahahual, every tope is manned by a group of ladies selling everything from steamed corn on the cob to fresh pineapple to roasted pumpkin seeds. This snack holds us over for the rest of the drive.



Small ruins in Limones


Laguna Bacalar. We’ll stop there on the way back to Playa.


Magic Bus. Why?


The route to the border is well marked.


The immigration stop, before you cross the bridge into the Free-Zone. Here, you present your passport and visa documentation. As our FM3s are currently being renewed, we are traveling on special exit/entry documents supplied by our corporate attorney.


The bridge into the Free-Zone, a sort of sleazy “no man’s land” between Mexico and Belize.


N
ext stop, the fumigation shack. It is mandatory that all foreign vehicles stop and be sprayed for bugs before passing into Belize. Apparently, our bugs aren’t good enough for them. Cost $6.00 usd.


Next stop, immigration and customs. Park in the lot, and bring all of your documentation and luggage into the center. The officials will review your passports, visas and immigration forms as well as the necessary the paperwork to import a vehicle: a valid driver’s license, valid registration and proof of ownership. Here you will be issued a vehicle permit good for the length of your stay in the country. If you do not have the appropriate paperwork, (or if your paperwork is “confusing” to the officer on duty) plan on paying a “visitors’ tax” to get through. Tax requested - $100 usd per person. Tax paid - $100 usd total.


…as opposed to those vehicles WITHOUT drivers. Hmmm. Here your car will be opened and checked. Thankfully, our children are frightening enough to dissuade the border officers from looking too carefully. They checked our cooler and flagged us through.


If you do not hold international insurance on your vehicle, it is necessary to purchase Belizean Car Insurance. If you are stopped and found to be without proper insurance, you can be “detained” for up to 72 hours and you will be fined.  The office is located just past the customs checkpoint and is easy to locate. We arrived at 7pm on Saturday night and they were still open for business. Cost for 2 weeks of insurance $250 pesos. Well worth the peace of mind.


Hungry and ready to settle in for the evening, we headed into Corozal to find dinner and a place to stay. Tony’s Inn had received good marks from friends familiar with the region and was easy to find on the shores of Corozal Bay. We checked in without a reservation and went straight to the restaurant for some warm food and cold Belikins.


Fresh conch ceviche.


Conch fritters. (Not as good as Fido’s)


Curried Shrimp.


Belikin Beer!!


Settling in for the night. Tomorrow...off to Orange Walk.

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