How to Get to Coco Plum, Belize
Getting to Coco Plum Island Resort
Where is Belize located?
Belize is a small nation located in Central America. Bordered by Mexico and Guatemala to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east, it is north of Honduras and is an English speaking country.
It is home to a wealth of natural wonders offering unrivaled diving, untouched coral patches, dense jungle, and an underground Mayan world rich with history. From our pristine tropical rainforest to the second largest barrier reef in the world, Belize is every traveler's dream come true. There is no wonder then why Belize is often referred to as “Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret.”
Due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, arrival and departure procedures are changing, consequently the info provided on this page is not the most up to date info. Please refer to our COVID-19 page for more current details.
Most Frequently Asked Travel Questions
What's the weather like in Belize?
In Belize, we are mostly blessed with summer year round. Our weather can either be hot, hotter, or wet making Belize an ideal vacation destination to visit anytime of the year from any country in the world. Afterall, it takes only two hours to fly here from major U.S. cities such as Houston, Dallas, and Miami.
Is international airfare to Belize included in the package price?
*No, packages do not include international airfare to Belize. All packages do include accommodations in a private oceanfront cabana, all meals, snacks when on tours and a bar snack daily, unlimited local alcoholic drinks (due to medical concerns, drinks are excluded from the diving package). Your arrival and departure boat transfer to and from the mainland and unlimited water sports activities. For a comparison of packages, please see the Compare Packages chart on this page.
What are the entry requirements for Belize
A valid passport for no less than three months after your intended period of stay for citizens of the following countries: U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Venezuela, CARICOM member states, nationals of European Community countries. Children under 18 years of age traveling with one parent require a notarized letter of authority from the other parent indicating travel consent. Travelers are permitted to stay in Belize for 30 days. Extensions for longer stays can be processed through the Immigration Office in Belize City for a fee, check with that office for the most recent fee. Kindly note, this info is subject to change, please refer to the Belize Tourism Site.
Belize requires citizens from the following countries to have an entry visa: China, Cuba, Honduras, Haiti, South Africa, Taiwan, India, Libya and more. We do not keep an exhaustive list, for more up to date info see check this website.
How do I get to Belize City?
Coco Plum Island Resort is located in the South Water Caye Marine Reserve about 9 miles off the coast of a sleepy town 80 miles south of Belize City named Dangriga (Hopkins is just south of Dangriga). Belize City is only a two-hour flight from several major U.S. cities such as Miami, Houston, or Dallas. All international flights to Belize land at the only International Airport in Belize, Phillip S. W. Goldson International Airport (Code: BZE). You will need to book your international flight to Belize directly through the airline or through an agent of your choice. Please note: international airfare is not included in the package rates. There are daily flights offered to and from the following cities (this info is subject to change so be sure to check with the airlines or your travel agent):
- Air Canada from Toronto, Canada (YYZ)
- American Airlines via Charlotte, N.C. (CLT), Dallas (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX), and Miami (MIA)
- Delta via Atlanta (ATL)
- Southwest Airlines via Houston (HOU), Denver (DEN), and Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
- SUN Country via Minnesota (MSP) *seasonal
- United Airlines via Houston (IAH), Chicago (CH), and Newark (NJ (EWR- Liberty)
- WestJet from Toronto, Canada (YYZ) and Calgary, Canada (YYC)
- Avianca via El Salvador (SAL)
- COPA via Panama (PTY)
- TACA via San Salvador (SAL) and Guatemala City (GUA)
- Tropic Air via Cancun, Mexico (CUN)
- Tropic Air via Flores, Guatemala (FRS)
- Tropic Air via Roatan, Honduras (RTB)
Special Note: Be sure to schedule your international flight to arrive in Belize City (BZE) by 3:45 pm. Why? The last local flight from Belize City to Dangriga departs between 4:30 pm and 5:00 pm. For your international DEPARTURE flight times, there are no restrictions as we will make certain you arrive back to BZE international airport at least 3 hours (required) prior to your international departure time.
Boat transfers times for CHECK-OUT are at 7:45am and at 11:00am. Should you wish to schedule a boat ride at a different time there is a surcharge fee of US$90 per couple. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us directly if you have any questions about flight times.
Please note that boat transfer times may be subject to change due to external factors which include but are not limited to imposed international flight schedule changes.
Am I responsible for booking my flight from Belize City to Dangriga?
No. Once you have made your reservations with us, we will make the appropriate local flight reservations for you, just e-mail us your international flight itinerary (*packages do not include international airfare) and your name as seen on your passport, as well as the names of any traveling companions.
The cost of the local round trip flight to and from the international airport in Belize City and Dangriga is approximately $161.50 US per person and flight time is approximately 20 minutes. We generally book this local flight the month prior to your arrival.
How do I get to Coco Plum from Belize City?
The Belize City International Airport (BZE) is the only airport in Belize and is relatively small compared to other international airports. Once you have arrived in Belize at the Philip Goldson International Airport in Belize City, your adventure begins. Normally you will only need about 45 minutes to collect your luggage, pass through immigration, and clear customs. After clearing customs at Philip Goldson International Airport, take an immediate left in the same building and check in with your scheduled local airline. They will be expecting you and will assist you with getting onto your local flight. Our Reservation Team has pre-booked this local flight from Belize City to Dangriga on your behalf in accordance with your international flight itinerary. Then proceed to the domestic departures lounge where there are duty-free shops, gift shops, and a small restaurant and bar. During peak season, please allow up to 90 minutes to clear immigration and customs.
Most guests opt to fly on a local carrier from the Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) in Belize City to Dangriga. The local flight from Belize International to Dangriga Town takes approximately 20 minutes and is quite an exhilarating experience, since you will be flying over some of the most gorgeous views in Central America. Our picturesque Caribbean Sea and lush rainforests make for the ultimate flying experience. The cost of this local flight is not included in all packages, please check the package inclusions located on each package page for more details or check this handy dandy package comparison chart. We will set up this local Belizean flight for you, no matter which package you choose.
When you land at the Dangriga airport/airstrip, you will be greeted by a member of our staff. It is a very small airport and very few people deplane, so recognizing you is not a problem. However, for your peace of mind, the driver will either be wearing a Coco Plum or EZ Investment uniform (EZ Investment is our parent company). Please also keep in mind that the employees of the local airline are also very familiar with our staff members, so you can always ask them if you have any questions about the staff. If you are early for the scheduled boat out to the island our staff member you will take you to a nearby restaurant for a snack, otherwise, they will drive you to the boat dock (about a 10 minute drive) to depart for a 30 minute boat ride to the island...soon to be greeted by a famous Mosquito Bite cocktail!
What if I am not flying into Dangriga?
Some guests stay with us after (or before) visiting a hotel or resort on the mainland. In those instances, ask your hotel to drop you off at our Dangriga office. It is best to have your hotel call our Dangriga office (M-F 8:00am-12:00pm, 1:30pm-5:00pm-Belize time) at 522-2200 (local Dangriga number) the day prior to your arrival to arrange a drop-off time.
The directions to the office are as follows:
The office is located at 3 miles on the Stann Creek Valley Road, on the right side of the road if you are driving to Dangriga from Belmopan. The office is a 2-story cement building which is painted light blue.
Coco Plum Island Family
The Coco Plum team strives to create a transformative experience; guests are all known by name and any request whether personal or dietary is surely taken care of, as with our 1:1 staff to guest ratio no request is impossible. From your first phone call or email, you will be assisted by exceedingly warm members of our Reservation Team. Planning a vacation might seem like a tedious task, but this team provides top notch customer service which allows for a very smooth and easy booking process. Ask as many questions as possible, and then let them do the rest. Once your reservation is booked, they will take care of ensuring you are well equipped with the information you need to arrive at our little island paradise. They also take care of all your local transfer arrangements, so your booking just got that much easier.
Once on the island, the grand service experience only gets better. After a short boat ride to the island, guests are welcomed with the famous “mosquito bite” cocktail and a refreshing wet cloth. Special touches make the difference and no detail goes unnoticed. Throughout the entirety of your stay, our warm and welcoming team will go above and beyond.
"The staff on the island are amazing!!! I felt like every staff member became my new friend...The worst part of our trip was when our week was up and we had to leave. It was hard saying farewell to the friends we made and the beauty of the island. I hope to return there one day. "