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#462261 - 04/12/13 02:54 PM Credit Cards and Money Questions
bullinthesand Offline
Hey all,

Two weeks and counting until my arrival. Got a question for you locals.

I will be staying at a private home, but when I go out I'm assuming that my American credit card will be OK at local restaurants and such. I'm also figuring that street vendors will be cash oriented.

Should I bring some traveler's checks to change out locally? Or just pull dough from a local ATM?

Thanks again!

#462262 - 04/12/13 02:59 PM Re: Credit Cards and Money Questions [Re: bullinthesand]
robvee Offline
Just bring dollars and major credit card , using the card at restaurants will incur charges, better to pay in dollars and pull extra as needed out of ATM's you can only take $500bz a go, but when it asks if you want further transactions repeat , you can draw as many $500bz as you have money in your account it will cost you about $8 a transaction

#462264 - 04/12/13 03:08 PM Re: Credit Cards and Money Questions [Re: bullinthesand]
azbob Offline
bullin...,I go to AC twice a year and always take cash (lots of small to large). You can use the ATM but it will cost you. Check with you bank and see what out of country processing fee they will hit you with (3-5%). The local ATM's will also charge a fee on the spot. Visa and MC are accepted most everywhere, but not Am. Ex. in many places. One of the most popular restaurants is Estel's and they are cash only. Yes most street vendors are cash and small restaurants. Traveler's check are OK, but if the home you are staying has a safe you can use, bring cash and only carry what you need for the day.
Have fun!!!
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#462265 - 04/12/13 03:13 PM Re: Credit Cards and Money Questions [Re: azbob]
klcman Offline
......get a card that does not charge international transaction/exchange rate fees. Search it here...been discussed often. Capital One was the pioneer and there are now several other flavors as well.
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#462275 - 04/12/13 05:32 PM Re: Credit Cards and Money Questions [Re: klcman]
doggirl Offline
If you do use an ATM remember to enter the amount you want in Belize dollars not U.S. dollars. If you enter $200.00 on the screen you will receive $200.00 Belize or &100.00 U.S.

#462277 - 04/12/13 06:33 PM Re: Credit Cards and Money Questions [Re: klcman]
Wizardofaahs Offline
Originally Posted By: klcman
...... Search it here...

klcman - what is the easiest way to search here? On the Belize forums there is a box/search function that is fairly easy. I've actually been trying to search some things on this board and haven't discovered the secret!

Any help? Anyone?
Words have power. Speak it into existence.

#462280 - 04/12/13 06:51 PM Re: Credit Cards and Money Questions [Re: bullinthesand]
SimonB Offline
Underneath the picture of the day (the top of the page) beside the FAQ link.

#462281 - 04/12/13 07:13 PM Re: Credit Cards and Money Questions [Re: bullinthesand]
Thruopeneyes Offline
Make sure your dollar bills are void of marks and rips. They are picky about that
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#462282 - 04/12/13 07:25 PM Re: Credit Cards and Money Questions [Re: bullinthesand]
Wizardofaahs Offline
doh! was looking for a box. Perfect. Thanks!!
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#462292 - 04/13/13 12:41 AM Re: Credit Cards and Money Questions [Re: bullinthesand]
MacGyver Offline

If you can get a Capital One card by the time you travel down, that is a great option. There are are no international transaction fees when you use it anywhere in the world. Another advantage of using a credit card is that it significantly reduces your exposure, should any shady activity take place here. Capital One gives you the option of disputing any charges online, and the disputed amount is almost instantly credited back to your account until the merchant offers verification of you authorizing those charges. DO NOT use a debit card here for purchases in stores, restaurants or bars. This could leave you with a completely drained checking account if someone here tries to screw you. The process for disputing that kind of crap usually involves a visit (in person) to your local bank, lots of paperwork, and a fair amount of time for investigation and whatnot. In the end, there is no guaranty that you'll ever see your money again. The Capital One card also gives you the ability to make a cash withdrawal from an ATM (like many other credit cards) but there is a $10.00 fee for each withdrawal and a higher interest rate is charged than for store purchases. This fee is easily credited back to you if you just call Capital One after the cash withdrawal and tell them that you would prefer not to pay that fee. Honestly, the customer service rep will instantly credit it back to you just for asking. Finally, another great insider tip for visitors here is that you can actually access your cash from any ATM without paying any ATM fees or international transaction fees by using a Schwab debit card at the ATMs. The Schwab debit card provides unlimited ATM fee reimbursements anywhere in the world and instantly! As soon as you complete your transactions at the ATM, the full amount of the ATM fee is credited back to your account automatically... no matter how high that ATM fee is. (For example, I have had a 20 USD fee credited back to me from a withdrawal in a casino ATM where they really rape you.) I have since considered buying and operating my own ATM and charging a $100 transaction fee for each withdrawal. Schwab would be obligated to pay me this exorbitant fee every single time that I made a cash withdrawal from my own ATM. How about that? An ATM in my house that worked like a money tree : ) Anyhow, good luck with your trip and be careful with that plastic!

Edited by MacGyver (04/13/13 02:10 AM)

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