Iguana Reef FAQs
Commonly Asked Questions
Below are some of the common questions people ask us. If your question isn’t listed, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you out.
Yes, passports are mandatory along with proof of return. Visas are not required from the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. Did you know that you should always travel with a photocopy of your passport? If your original gets lost, this will facilitate the replacement process.
If you arrive by water taxi:
We’re located about 1/4 mile from the Water Taxi dock or about a 10 minute walk. If you would like help with your luggage you can use one of the local porters with bicycle carts or hop on one of the taxi cabs (golf carts) that meet the arriving water taxis. The cost for each is $2.50 US per person.
If you arrive at the airstrip:
If a taxi cab (golf cart) is not already waiting for incoming flights simply ask one of the agents for the airline to call one. We’re located about 3/4 mile from the airstrip so it’s about a 10 minute taxi ride.
You can fly or take a water taxi. Flights cost $63.00 US one way or $120.00 US round trip. Scheduled flight times to Caye Caulker from the International airport are 40 minutes after the hour, every hour. The last scheduled flight is 4:40 PM. The flight time is 15 minutes. We’re an agent for Tropic Air so we can arrange your flights and you simply pay us when you checkout of our place.
If you would prefer to travel by boat you would first take a taxi cab from the International airport to the Marine Terminal in Belize City. The cost is $25.00 flat (not per person) for 2 persons and the ride is about 20 minutes. We can arrange for our taxi driver in Belize City to meet you at the airport and drive you to the Marine Terminal. Then you simply catch the next boat to Caye Caulker. The cost of the water taxi is $10.00 – $12.50 USD each way and the trip takes about 45 minutes.
Please see San Pedro Belize Express or Caye Caulker Water Taxi for current water taxi schedules.
Standard 110 volts, A.C. (compatible with appliances used in United States). Adapters are available at the front desk. If you do not wish to bring a hair dryer, we have a couple at the front desk that our guests can use during their stay with us.
Visa, MasterCard, traveler’s checks and US dollars are widely accepted. A number of businesses do add on a percentage (generally 5%) to use credit cards. The Inn is not one of those businesses. The exchange rate is set at 2 BZ dollars to 1 US dollar. There is also an ATM at the local bank (Atlantic Bank) that dispenses Belize dollars. Plan on spending your Belize dollars before you leave the country because they are difficult to exchange outside of Belize.
There is a very nice, well-maintained beach right here at the Iguana Reef Inn. The beach features lounge chairs, umbrellas and easy access to the water – a great place to enjoy a drink and catch our magnificent sunsets. The swimming is typical for Caye Caulker – shallow waters out to about 300 feet, sand floor with some sea grass.
The complimentary continental breakfast is served at the bar from 7:00AM until 10:00AM.
Each room is equipped with a small hotel safe that allows you to set your own access code. They can easily store most valuable items… documents, cash, jewelry, cameras and laptop computers. For your security, we encourage you to use the safes.
There are a few places on the island where you can rent golf carts and bicycles. One of the rental agencies is located about a hundred yards from our property. Golf cart rentals cost about $20 BZ/hr, $125 BZ/day and $550 BZ/wk. Bicycle rentals cost about $4 BZ/hr, $15 BZ/day and $60 BZ/wk. These rates are estimates and vary slightly depending on the rental agency.
We don’t actually operate tours out of the Inn but we work closely with local tour operators and guides for diving, snorkeling, fishing and we will also arrange inland trips to Mayan ruins, the Belize Zoo, etc.
For diving we recommend that you contact Belize Diving Services (email: [email protected]), located adjacent to our property. They operate a quality, full service dive shop that include local dives, outer atoll dives (e.g., the famous Blue Hole) and full certification and open water referral courses. Prices vary depending on the site so please contact the shop for pricing information.
For snorkeling you have a choice of full day trips to the Hol Chan Marine Park and Shark/Ray Alley or half day trips to the local reef near Caye Caulker. You can also choose between small power boats or sailboats. Or plan a full day trip to the Manatee Reserve and snorkeling at Goff’s Caye. Rates range from $50.00 USD for the full day trips and $25.00 USD for the half day trips.
For fishing we can set you up with guides depending on your fishing skill level. You can troll and bottom fish inside the reef for barracuda, snapper, jacks etc. or outside the reef for larger fish like wahoo, kingfish and sailfish. If flyfishing or light spinning on the flats for bonefish, permit and tarpon is your preference we can arrange that as well. Rates range from $200 USD for a half day of fishing and $300 USD for a full day.
There are also a number of mainland day trips available from Caye Caulker:
Three Mayan Ruin sites are easily accessible: Altun Ha, Xunantunich and Lamanai. Each ruin is quite different and we won’t get into the differences here. Check our Mayan Ruins link under the Tours & Activities menu item for additional information. Rates range from $100 USD per person for a Mayan Ruin day trip.
The Belize Zoo is also a popular day trip (actually half day) from Caye Caulker. It is also included in the Xunantunich Mayan Ruin tour. Plan on spending about $45 USD per person for the standalone zoo trip and that includes the admission fee.
Cave tubing and/or zip lining is also a favorite inland day trip. You have the opportunity to explore ancient cave systems floating down an underground river system atop an innertube. The cost of the cave tubing day trip is about $75 USD per person.
Here at the Inn, we have ocean canoes available for our guests.
American Airlines operates daily flights from Miami, FL and Dallas, TX.
United Airlines operates three daily flights from Houston, TX and Saturday flights from Newark, NJ and Chicago, IL.
US Airways operates a daily flight from Charlotte, NC.
Delta Airlines operates a daily flight from Atlanta, GA and a Saturday flight from Los Angeles, CA.
Avianca Airlines & Tropic Air operate daily flights from Mexico & El Salvador.
Southwest has recently begun operating in Belize and offers flights to Houston, TX.
Visit the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport website for further information.
The Iguana Reef Inn offers complimentary wifi access to our guests. The access code will be provided when you arrive at the Inn.
Yes, several restaurants will prepare your “Catch” for dinner. Bonefish, permit & tarpon are usually not eaten. The snappers and butter grunts are very good to eat.
Yes, I caught a small permit early one morning. Tarpon can be “hooked” at night at the Split, however there are a lot of people and care must be taken. Take a walk to the “Split” and observe the small tarpon attracted by the floodlights! Very Interesting!!! (The Split is at the North End of the Island)
No, the water is over knee deep. You’ll need a guide to take you by boat to Flats.