Getting there

There are three airports that you can choose to fly into: Cancun International Airport (CUN), Belize City (BZE) or Chetumal Aiport (CTM).  Chetumal is the closest to the wedding location (about 30 minutes away), but is much smaller than Cancun and therefore would likely be more expensive and require that you connect through a Mexican carrier (probably through Mexico City). Direct flights to Cancun are fairly regular from most major cities in the US and England.  There are also usually inexpensive flights from Cancun to Chetumal.

This website has useful information about traveling in Mexico: Yucatan today
 
And this one has great tips for seeing the Yucatan by car: Yucatan driving guide

Cancun to Laguna Bacalar:
It is roughly 210 miles from Cancun to Bacalar, so a little planning ahead of time is probably warranted.  We recommend that you take your time going south.  Go diving in Cozumel, stop off and see Tulum, have a dip in a cenote, and maybe stay the night in a cabana on the beach, or luxury all-inclusive.  See our Things to Do page for more suggestions.

If you just want to get to the wedding excitement though, here are a few suggestions:

Charter Bus
Probably the easiest way to get to Laguna Bacalar from Cancun is to book a charter bus. These run frequently from Cancun to Chetumal, and the buses are large, air conditioned, safe, and very comfortable.  They are also very affordable, starting at $10.  You will have to transfer in Cancun’s central bus depot, so it’s best to plan ahead.  When you get through customs, you will be greeted by dozens of outspoken people who will be more than willing to get you where you need to go.  We’ve taken the bus from Cancun to Playa Del Carmen, and it was very easy and comfortable (nothing like taking the Greyhound in the US, more like the Oxford Tube in England).

If you arrive after noon, you may want to book yourself into a resort or hotel somewhere between Cancun and Tulum (there are literally hundreds of choices… see the where to stay tab), and head south the next morning. Most resorts will be more than happy to arrange transportation south.

If you get off the bus in Chetumal, it’s a $5, 30 minute taxi ride (unless you can convince the bus driver to drop you off in Bacalar).  Anyhow, here’s some info if you’re going that route.

Travel Yucatan

Different World

Rental/hire car
The drive from Cancun to Laguna Bacalar will take around 4-5 hours if you drive it straight through. Rental cars are available at the Cancun Airport for about $50-70 US per day Cancun Airport Car Rental, but you can find good deals ($10/day + fees) if you book ahead of time Carrentals.com.  The rental agencies are conveniently located just outside the terminals, and are fairly straight forward.  Make sure to check with your insurance company because you probably will need to purchase additional insurance in Mexico.  The roads are very good (see videos on the bottom of this page) and once you’re out of Cancun, it’s a straight shot south. To save a little cash, take the bus to Playa del Carmen and rent a car there.

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There are also quick connecting flights between the two cities for about $100-250 US (info on the first link above).

Chetumal to Laguna Bacalar:
To get to Chetumal (CTM) by plane, you will need to connect through Mexico City. There are a few airlines that make the trip:

Aeromexico

Cheap flights website


From the airport, you can take a bus or taxi.

       
Chetumal taxi

An easy 30 minute drive (or taxi ride) will have you sipping a cold beverage over the gorgeous Laguna.


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A taxi should cost less than $10 US, but if you’d prefer more freedom, you can rent (hire) a car at the airport

Chetumal car rental

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Belize City to Laguna Bacalar (via Chetumal):
Direct flights are available to Belize City from the USA, but are scarce from Europe.
Taxi from the airport should be in the region of BZ$40 ($20 or £12).
Premier Bus runs 3 times daily from the Caye Caulker Water Taxi Terminal in Belize City to the Nuevo Mercado Bus Terminal in Chetumal. The Buses have a AC and there are stops in Orange Walk and Corozal. 
Regular Service from Belize City to Chetumal
Belize City
Orange Walk
>
Corozal
Chetumal
  6:00 am
stop

stop
  9:00 am
  9:00 am
stop

stop
    12:00 Noon
11:00 am
stop

stop
  2:00 pm
Chetumal
Corozal
>
Orange Walk
Belize City
11:00 am
stop

stop
2:00 pm
  2:00 pm
stop

stop
5:00 pm
  4:00 pm
stop

stop
6:00 pm
Tickets range between BZ$10 and BZ$14 ($5-7 or £3-5)

This is definitely a route for the more experienced Central American traveler.

In general
If you’re meeting up with friends or family, it’s probably a good idea to coordinate flights/travel plans to save a little cash and time (split a rental car, for example).  Laguna Bacalar is a tiny little village with not much to do, so if you plan to do unguided exploring, a car is your best bet.  But if all you crave is the night life, then taxis into Chetumal are very affordable and you can certainly get by without one.

Roads in Mexico:
The road from Cancun to Chetumal

Overtaking other cars

Topes