This is the ferry to get to the other end of the island.There is a nice residential area then the road gets real bad. Make sure you have fresh batteries on the golf cart and know when the ferry stops running in the evening.
2007 UPDATE:! There's a bridge now I've been told! I'll leave this photo up for histories sake.....And Gas powered carts are available now-
After coming from the laid back atmosphere of car-less Caye Caulker, the streets of San Pedro on Ambergris Cay were a bit of a shock. The traffic here on the narrowish streets consisted of a varied mixture of large trucks, cars, golf carts (electric and gas), bicycles and pedestrians (since there were not always sidewalks). Some of the streets were one-way, so there was no 'safe' side to walk, facing the traffic. In those cases, the quiet bicycles and electric golf carts can easily sneak up behind you with all the other street noises masking their approach!
Basically, you had to keep your wits about you when walking around in San Pedro - it was not just a leisurely stroll taking in the sights! Although the streets were made of sand as on Caye Caulker, there is no comparison as to which is the relaxing place in which to vacation!
There are only a couple of really poisonous snake in Belize and this is not one of them. Although it can inflict a nasty bite. Steer clear and try not to do a Steve Irwin it will only come back to haunt you.
Overall, I was very impressed with the highways in Belize. However, in two cases we had to travel across gravel roads that were very rough from the 'washboard' effect of the various wheels that had rolled across them. Both of these cases occurred while we were traversing areas that are occassionally flooded, one near Crooked Tree and the other the final 1.4 mile section connecting Hopkins to the Hummingbird Highway. This is a low-lying marshy area near the coast that obviously has had problems in the past during the rainy season when water levels are high. The vehicles really rattled and shook on these roads no matter what speed we went. A word of warning if you are headed further south to Placentia - it has a much longer stretch like this, that can take about 2 hours to cover, on the similar road that runs down the long peninsula leading to the town.
Driving in Belize is not something I'd likely try as a tourist. Car accidents are the number one cause of death in Belize, and no wonder. The roads have high shoulders, which can easily cause a rollover during inclement weather. We saw an example of this during our stay when we drove by a Chevy Silverado truck that had recently done exactly that. It was ruined, and with the price of vehicles in Belize I'm sure the owner was devastated.
The speed limit is 55 on the highways, but there are no police to enforce it. People basically drive as fast as they want, and there are countless bicycles on the road to make it worse.
Maybe I was just very unlucky with the buses I took in Belize, but something happened all the time. First the busdriver was so drunk that the man selling the tickets (also drunk) had to help him put on his shoes! After ten minutes of hazardous driving we got out and waited for the next bus instead.
Another time the bus broke down in the middle of nowhere, and we had to sit by the road for a belizean half hour (many european hours) to wait for another bus. Of course that bus didn't go as far as we were supposed to go, so then we had to wait another belizean half hour for the next bus.
We soon learned to never plan to much and to also take into calculations that something might happen. And usually it did...
But except for this Belize is a beautiful country that I would love to visit again.
Driving into southern Belize is getting easier with most of the Southern Hy. paved. But remeber that gas stations a few and far apart. If you get to the Independence, Big Creek cut off and don't have enough fuel for another 40 miles take the time to go into Indepedence and fill up.
You will see may warnings about the Southern Hy. and the Coastal Hy. I have driven both their entire length during 2003. Of course the Coastal Hy. is still not paved but except for the rainy season it is a nice trip that cuts many miles off your trip if going from Belize City to Punta Gorda. Many miles of it can be travelled at 45-50 mph just beware there are some one lane bridges. There are NO gas stations on the Coastal!! The SOUTHERN HY. is almost completly paved only a few miles remain of the"old road" that is around the Golden Stream area.
Don´t forget to pay the "Road insurance fee" when entering Belize by car. We missed it and was stopped at a road check where we had to pay us out of the problems. We were able to get the bribe down from 60 USD to 20USD.