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#121361 - 04/20/06 11:25 PM Bringing food through customs  
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kelly d Offline
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Will the customs inspectors be OK with us bringing in packaged food, such as a box of crackers or pasta or some such thing? I don't mean meat, fruit or anything "fresh", just packaged items. Or will they think we're smuggling drugs in my package of Oreos and make us tear open the package??

#121362 - 04/20/06 11:57 PM Re: Bringing food through customs  

I always pack snacks and have never had a problem - cookies, pasta, olives, tuna, microwave popcorn - not on the list to declare and no one at customs ever gave it a second glance. That said, even when I was there for 18 days, the local food was so good I ended up leaving most of the stuff I brought with people at the hotel. Did cook dinner in a couple of nights and it was fun to share snacks with the kids on the beach.

#121363 - 04/21/06 08:20 AM Re: Bringing food through customs  
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You can probably buy just about any package item you need here. Why schlep it all the way down? Sure it is more expensive here but what are the odds your crackers are going to make it here in one piece anyway? Just no matter where you shop or what you buy on the island, ALWAYS check the expiration date.

#121364 - 04/21/06 08:24 AM Re: Bringing food through customs  
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I had an insulated bag in my carry on filled with cheeses and cookie dough. I (or someone in my group) also carried dip mixes, crackers, peanut butter, cookies, candy, snack packs, popcorn, nuts, drink mixes, cereal, coffee, creamer, sugar, and sweetners...packed in any and all nooks or crannies in the suitcases and fishing rod holder.
Like lawcucui, we gave away most of what we didn't use.
Have fun!

#121365 - 04/21/06 11:27 AM Re: Bringing food through customs  
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I bring snacks and munchies, as well as booze, everytime I go down. Never had a problem.

#121366 - 04/21/06 11:36 AM Re: Bringing food through customs  
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All the foods mentioned above, you can buy here.

#121367 - 04/21/06 03:37 PM Re: Bringing food through customs  
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I like my California red wine and my tequila bottle in my room and love to share it with locals. Last time, I think I counted 19 people had shots of gold from my bottle. Had a lot of fun that night!

#121368 - 04/21/06 04:14 PM Re: Bringing food through customs  

JZB - beg to differ - can't get my favorite cookies there and have NEVER been able to find 1/2 & 1/2 that wasn't spoiled. I love San Pedro and love the local food, but for an extended visit I guess I want a little bit of my favs from home. So far it hasn't seemed to cut down on my support of the local economy one bit! laugh

#121369 - 04/21/06 04:28 PM Re: Bringing food through customs  
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I completely understand wanting your favorites, but olives, tuna, pasta, etc, that stuff is pretty generic. I'm a huge half and half fan myself and it is getting much better. I sometimes have to go a couple days without it before the store gets a fresh supply, but they are getting better at keeping that stuff in stock. I remember a couple years ago you couldn't find half and half to save your life. Same goes for bug free pasta. As I said before, you always have to watch out for that expiration date.

#121370 - 04/21/06 04:39 PM Re: Bringing food through customs  

YEA! on the half and half - thanks for the update. Also, for anyone interested, found some great cheeses at Wine DeVine - premium prices but fairly extensive selection, no kalamata olives though.

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