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how should we bring our spending money? #18002
04/02/04 08:11 PM
04/02/04 08:11 PM
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San Francisco
jogirl77 Offline OP
jogirl77  Offline OP
We're coming to Placencia for our honeymoon at the beginning of May and we're wondering what is the best way to spend our tourist dollars? Are credit cards accepted? Should we bring cash? travelers checks? Are there ATMs? Is that in itself a funny question?? Thanks so much for any help you can offer!

Re: how should we bring our spending money? #18003
04/02/04 09:59 PM
04/02/04 09:59 PM
Joined: Oct 2001
Posts: 6,150
San Pedro AC Belize
Diane Campbell Offline
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Money is good (USD - 20's and 50's) - change them as you need to and spend BZD.
Credit cards are perfect for biger bills like hotel and tours.
You will get "more for your money" with cash.

Re: how should we bring our spending money? #18004
04/03/04 01:59 PM
04/03/04 01:59 PM
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Hey Offline
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traveller checks are very widely accepted too.

Re: how should we bring our spending money? #18005
04/04/04 11:42 PM
04/04/04 11:42 PM
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seashell Offline
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I generally bring $300-500 in cash to get started and travellers cheques for the balance. Works great, I have enough cash to enjoy myself for a few days, not that cashing the cheques is any problem either.

A fish and a bird can fall in love, but where will they build their nest?

Re: how should we bring our spending money? #18006
04/05/04 03:31 PM
04/05/04 03:31 PM
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San Francisco
jogirl77 Offline OP
jogirl77  Offline OP
Thank you so much everyone! Where is the most affordable place in town to exchange cash?

Re: how should we bring our spending money? #18007
04/05/04 05:00 PM
04/05/04 05:00 PM
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Posts: 11,039
Rockport, Maine
klcman Offline
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no need to exchange cash, if you are bringing US greenbacks. Accepted everywhere!

Your change will be given to you in either BZ or a combo of US & BZ.

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Re: how should we bring our spending money? #18008
04/23/04 11:25 AM
04/23/04 11:25 AM
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Posts: 67
Ellenton,FL 34222
BiggieFL Offline
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Please Don't take this the wrong way.

I am bringing some supplies for the local schools that somebody posted are in dire need. While making a list I was wondering what might be a good thing to bring to AC to trade for local goods? What do people want down there(besides $$$) that would be good to swap for say a snorkel trip or a local painting, etc. I would just like to know that some things that "I" take for granted in the states might not be available there like a dive watch, women's makeup, sunglasses, or a Nike hat, etc due to duties or taffifs being outrageous on certain goods. When I was in barbados people wanted to buy my wife's bathing suit because they cost so much due to taxes. Just wondering.

Re: how should we bring our spending money? #18009
04/23/04 12:10 PM
04/23/04 12:10 PM
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Posts: 3,054
Asheville, NC USA
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
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I thought you said you had been to Ambergris Caye before. If you have, you know that just about anything available in the U.S. is available in Belize, if not in San Pedro then in Belize City or Chetumal. True, some items cost more due to import duties and transportation costs, but I'd say 99% of local residents would prefer cash over trinkets, and some Sanpedranos are wealthy enough to buy and sell the average tourist several times over.

--Lan Sluder

Lan Sluder/Belize First
Re: how should we bring our spending money? #18010
04/23/04 12:35 PM
04/23/04 12:35 PM
Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 915
San Antonio TX and Seine Bight...
ckocian Offline
ckocian  Offline
laugh laugh cool cool

Good answer, Lan!

Re: how should we bring our spending money? #18011
04/23/04 01:09 PM
04/23/04 01:09 PM
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Ellenton,FL 34222
BiggieFL Offline
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Never been before was scheduled to go but the hurricane hit in fall/2001. When I was in Jaco last year a woman from my home town told me she would kill for red licorice....can't get it in Costa Rica. That was basically what I was geting at, was not trying to swindle a dive trip for a fake Rolex.

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