Having a golf cart at our disposal was probably the best thing we could have done on our trip. Not to say walking was out of the question, but because of the distance of our hotel to everyone else we were with, having the golf cart allowed us the convenience of getting groceries, travelling lengthy distances in the hot sun, and just general sight seeing opportunities. Because of the golf cart I was able to stand at the VERY end of the Yucatan Peninsula on the southernmost part of the island.
The average price for golf cart rental is about $40 (US) for 8 hours, and $250 (US) for a week. Traffic laws are similar to those throughout the world but San Pedro only has a few traffic signs, so use caution (and common sense). A valid driver license is required to rent a vehicle and as golf carts are considered vehicles, please don't let your unlicensed children drive as the police WILL give you a ticket.
We traveled mainly on boat or ferry. When we arrived our hotel's private boat picked us up at their dock landing and transported us to the hotel at no extra cost to us. They also will take you back to San Pedro Town when it is time for you to depart Ambergris Caye.
You can also hop on their boat into town if you are lucky enough to be going into town when they are picking up visitors.
We arranged with our hotel to have us fly in to San Pedro from Belize City and Tropic Air was the choosen airline. The flight into San Pedro is about 20 minutes with a total of about 15 people.
We enjoyed our short trip across to San Pedro with "bird's-eye" views of some of the Cayes and the barrier reef as well.
The flight cost was $155 rt which included our airfare, taxi and then hotel pick-up at the ferry landing. We could have saved quite a few $$ if we would have arranged the transportation on our own.
Most people arrive here by lancha. I was here for three days before I realized the town had two sides to it, connected by the most confusing little twisty dirt path.. it's also connected by a main road, but that main road meanders up into the city quite a ways before coming back down on the other side. Anyway.. if you come in from Pana, you will end up on the big side, if you come from Santiago, you will be on the small side. I liked the smaller side much much better. Very quiet and has a GOOD ex pat scene.
There are two airlines that service Ambergris Cay Maya Island and Tropicair.We have been using Maya Island the past couple of times.The staff and ground crews are polite and friendly.
In order to get around in San Pedro, you can either rent a golf cart(which is fun), rent a bicycle, or walk. No matter which you choose to do, it's still fun.