frozennorth, don't I know it!! The exchange is a killer but the idea of having to run around trying to change my money was worse. I learned from my first trip down there. On this last trip, a couple of people in my group were trying to use the instabank in Belize City and neither could get any money out. They didn't have the instalink plus or some darn thing. My position on that was, if you consider that on occasion the instalinks are down when we are at home, what are the chances that won't happen in a third world country. Consider that if you planned to get your cash from the instalink the day that you were in Belize City and the instalink was down that day . . .
I just take my lumps on the exchange and take down some US cash and the balance in US traveller's cheques. I never have to waste any of my valuable lollygagging time trying to get money changed. That's just my preference.
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