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! Sincerely, Jody
#18003 - 04/02/0409:59 PMRe: how should we bring our spending money?
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.
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#18006 - 04/05/0403:31 PMRe: how should we bring our spending money?
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.
#18009 - 04/23/0412:10 PMRe: how should we bring our spending money?
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.
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.