Travelling to us

Travelling to Shipstern is doable with almost any vehicle outside the rainy season. From May to December, it is advisable to have a 4×4 vehicle. Only very rarely do roads get flooded. For those who have not rented a vehicle, we are happy to arrange transports for our guests. See our indicative rates below.

There are of course other options to reach us, some of which are listed below.

It is advisable to enquire at your point of departure where and when buses / boats leave, or whether they leave at all. Services are sometimes discontinued without much warning. For more information go to


Travelers driving from Belize City can drive to Shipstern via the Northern Highway through Orange Walk Town. A road branches off at the large roundabout approximately two miles after the toll bridge, past the sugar cane factory. The first exit will take you to a second roundabout, where, again, the first exit will take you on the road to Sarteneja. This will go through the villages of San Estevan, Little Belize and Chunox before arriving at Shipstern. You can also drive through orange Walk Town, a nice a picturesque place with a nice riverside park and small hotels.
Right before the Police Station, a road to the right takes you to the covered market and you’ll find the bridge over the New River, to San Estevan.

One can also opt to take the more adventurous drive through Corozal Town. This 1 ½ hour drive starts off at the south end of Town, and will take you across the New River and the Laguna Seca, both not on bridges but on hand-cranked ferries !

Public Bus Transportation

Local buses from the village of Sarteneja are easily recognizable. Painted in bright sky-blue color and easily distinguishable “Sarteneja” painted on the front and sides, the local Sarteneja bus line provide a fairly reliable means of getting to and from Shipstern. Buses depart Monday to Saturday from Belize City to Sarteneja making a brief stop in Orange Walk Town to drop off and pick passengers. Enquire in Orange Walk where the Sarteneja buses leave from, as this may vary.

Sarteneja Bus How to get here Belize Travel tips
Leave Belize City
Orange Walk
Arrive Shipstern
10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m.

Water Taxi


Another option how to get here to Shipstern is to take the Thunderbolt Water Taxi to Sarteneja, which runs from Corozal to San Pedro with a stop upon request at Sarteneja. The Thunderbolt leaves at 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to go to Sarteneja and the fare for this is around $15 US. Please do not forget to tell the captain that you wish to stop at Sarteneja. The ride to Sarteneja from Corozal takes about 30 minutes.

Our Transportation Rates

Boat how to get here to shipstern travel tips
Car how to get here to shipstern travel tips
How to get here to Shipstern

Boat US $
Corozal to Shipstern 100.—
Car (max. 4 p)
Belize City to Shipstern 120.—
Mexican Border to Shipstern 75.—
Orange Walk to Shipstern 75.—
Shipstern to Sarteneja (minimal fee US $ 10.—) 5.—
Corozal to Shipstern 100.—


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