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#77593 - 12/28/03 07:05 PM money matters
sallystarlight Offline
Hi All! I'm new to this site and new to AC -- will be visiting for the first time Jan 28-Feb 4. Question -- should I rely upon traveler's checks, credit cards, ATM or cold hard cash? What has been your experience? Also, can someone recommend a highly effective bug spray that doesn't stink to high heaven? Thanks much!

#77594 - 12/28/03 09:28 PM Re: money matters
JeanH Offline
I've only been once, but discovered we didn't take enough cash. I had to go to the bank and get a cash advance on my credit card. Definitely not the best way to get cash, it was expensive. As of June there weren't any international ATM's in Ambergris Caye. Credit cards were pretty widely accepted. I didn't have any traveler's checks, so don't know about them. Next trip we'll bring more cash.

#77595 - 12/28/03 10:41 PM Re: money matters
indygal Offline
We find cash easiest. A lot of places take Credit cards, but call your card company before you go, most (not all) charge a 3% service fee on each purchase. Got that surprise after our last trip to Belize. The 2 I found that did not charge any fee are MBNA and National City. Most businesses are fairly small in SP and the fee they pay to the credit card company cuts into their profit so I try to pay cash. I do the same at home with smaller businesses. Enjoy!! Indygal
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#77596 - 12/29/03 01:51 AM Re: money matters
KathyA Offline
My group also found cash easier to deal with. Tour operators prefer it and some even offer a discount when used instead of a credit card.

#77597 - 12/29/03 01:55 AM Re: money matters
divedoc Offline
We used travelers cheques at a few places but they would prefer cash. TAKE SMALL BILLS-- very difficult to get 50s and 100s broken. If you are going to use credit cards advise them ahead of time that you will be out of the country and in Belize. We had two credit card companies stop our credit line because they thought the card had been stolen. we were not home to answer their calls and had a problem on a previous trip to Curacao. This time we called ahead and had no problems. Have a good trip - enjoy ! Divedoc

#77598 - 12/29/03 06:26 AM Re: money matters
sallystarlight Offline
Thanks for the advice! Seems like cash is the way to go. Can I assume that the hotels have in-room safes?

#77599 - 12/29/03 08:29 AM Re: money matters
seashell Offline
Sally, take $500 cash to get you started out on your holiday, and the rest in travellers cheques. You can easily get them cashed at Milo's and at the pink supermarket (even the big ones). All you need is your passport.

This advice is coming to you from someone that has been there more than once. smile
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#77600 - 12/29/03 08:35 AM Re: money matters
kerry Offline
usually bring traveller's checks and cash...never had a problem cashing traveller's checks, in small denominations (20's or less), at the hotel, most restaurant's, bars, tour companies, etc...bring my card, for back up...just in case...but have never had to use it due to non-acceptance of traveller's checks....have a great trip!!!

#77601 - 12/29/03 04:07 PM Re: money matters
CyaBye Offline
Hi Sally,

To answer your question about bug spray, the only real effective ones contain DEET and they all stink! I'm not sure during the dry season you'll need it, I was there for the month of March last year and I was never bitten once by anything.

Just in case here is a link http://www.travmed.com/

Have fun

#77602 - 12/29/03 05:45 PM Re: money matters
Marty Offline
skin so soft by avon works really well and does not stink

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