Here's a sampler of costs for common items in Belize. All prices are
shown here in U.S. dollars. As in other countries, prices for many
items vary depending on where and when you buy them.

Transportation
Gallon of regular unleaded gas: $2.75 (price fluctuates and varies
slightly by area)
Gallon of diesel fuel: $2.65
Bus fare from Belize City to San Ignacio: $2.50 regular, $3 express
Water taxi from Belize City to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye: $10
One-way adult airfare from Belize City municipal airport to Placencia: $80
One-way adult airfare from Belize City municipal airport to San Pedro: $35
Taxi fare within Belize City: $3--$5

Utilities/Telecommunications
1-kilowatt hour of current (electricity): $0.21
"Current" (electrical service) for 1000 KW monthly: $210
Installation of residential telephone: $50 plus $100 deposit ($500 if
you are not a Belizean citizen or permanent resident)
Monthly charge for residential telephone: $10
10-minute call from Corozal to Belize City: $1
10-minute daytime call to U.S.: $8
DSL Internet access: $50 to $200 a month
Digital cellular service: $50 for 250 anytime minutes (incoming calls
are free) plus 30 text messages
Water and sewer service: $10--$30+ (varies by area)
Butane, 100-pound tank, delivered: $40 (varies by area)
Bottled water, delivered: $2.50/gallon
"Dirt" (trash) pick-up: Free to $10 a month (varies by area)

Staples in Grocery Stores (Prices Vary by Store)
Red beans: $0.60 per pound
Coffee (Belizean, Gallon Jug): $8 per pound
Milk: $2.25 1/2 gallon
Ground steak (lean ground beef): $1.50 per pound
Pork chops: $2 per pound
Chicken: $1.50 per pound
Loaf of white bread: $1 (whole wheat $2.50-$3)
Corn tortillas, freshly made: $0.02--$0.04 each
Bananas: 10 to 20 for $1
Avocados (pears): 6 for $1 (varies seasonally)
Flour, bulk, 1 lb.: $1.50
Onions: $0.60 per pound (varies seasonally)
Soft drink, Coca-Cola, 12 oz.: $0.50 - 0.75 each
Local rum, liter: $7 - $12
Sugar: $0.20 per pound
Crackers (Premium Saltines): $3.32
Cigarettes, Independence local brand: $3 a pack
Canned soup (Campbell's Chicken Noodle): $1.80
Cereal (Raisin Bran): $5
Cooking oil (1-2-3 brand from Mexico), 1/2 liter: $1.75

Household Items
Mennonite-made wood dining table: $175
Music CD (pirated): $5
Whirlpool 12,000 BTU air-conditioner: $700
Panasonic 1350 watt microwave: $165
Mabe (Mexican) frost-free 16 cubic foot refridgerator: $675
Small home appliances at Mirab, Courts, Brodies or other stores: about
25% to 50% more than prices in the U.S.

Entertainment
Fish and beans and rice at local restaurant, Hopkins: $4
Fish, French fries and cole slaw dinner, San Pedro: $12
Lobster dinner at nice restaurant, Belize City: $30
Movie theater ticket, Princess, Belize City: $8.50
Rum drink at bar, Placencia: $3
Belikin beer at bar in Cayo: $2.50

Shelter Costs
Rent for simple two-bedroom house in Corozal Town: $200 to $400
Rent for modern two-bedroom apartment in San Pedro: $800 to $1,800
Cost to build a reinforced concrete home: $40 to $100 per sq. ft.,
finished out moderately
Small concrete house and lot in Belmopan or Cayo: $30,000 to $100,000
Modern three-bedroom house and beachview lot in Consejo: $145,000
Two-bedroom condo on Ambergris Caye: $200,000 to $600,000

Medical Care
Office visit, private physician: $25
Teeth cleaning, private dentist: $40
Root canal and crown, private dentist: $250 - $500

Building Supplies
50# bag of cement: $6 to $7
"Prefab" Mennonite House, 800 sq. ft, set up on your lot, $16,000

Lan Sluder, BelizeFirst.com