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Payment Options in AC #241404
06/24/07 11:04 PM
06/24/07 11:04 PM
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Ari Offline OP
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Like many others I am sure, I have been lurking around this board planning my trip to San Pedro and AC. Thanks to everyone for the great information about restaurants, hotels, and things to do.

My question is about payment options. Do most restaurants take credit cards (Visa, MC) or do they only take cash? Also, do the people running the tours (snorkeling, mayan ruins, etc.) take credit cards?

I am heading to Belize this July. Thanks for the help.

Re: Payment Options in AC [Re: Ari] #241406
06/24/07 11:35 PM
06/24/07 11:35 PM
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Marty Offline

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yes credit cards are widely used. most tour companies can take credit cards..... some smaller ones maybe not.... like alfonso for snorkeling, i would bring cash. folks going to the mainland for tours probably take them.

Re: Payment Options in AC [Re: Ari] #241407
06/24/07 11:36 PM
06/24/07 11:36 PM
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reaper Offline
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Most places take cc's and there is an ATM on the island also.

Search through the forums here and check out the restaurant advice and tour guide advice.

Have fun!

Re: Payment Options in AC [Re: Ari] #241408
06/24/07 11:45 PM
06/24/07 11:45 PM
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Anza, CA US
DANZA Offline
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It's been my experience that most restaurants, hotels, and tour business operators take Visa , MC. The credit card companys say to let them know where and when you will be in another country and they will put a note on the fraud alert. That way they won't deny a purchase when it would normally cause a fraud alert. I did just that last time and still had a problem but it was minor, just used a different card. The only cash I needed was tip money and departure tax at the airport. Have a great trip I know you will.

Re: Payment Options in AC [Re: DANZA] #241417
06/25/07 06:50 AM
06/25/07 06:50 AM
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JeanH Offline
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Although many tour operators do take credit cards, at least some offer a 10% discount for cash. On a $150.00 trip, that's a good chunk of cash. Easy enough to walk to the ATM and get the cash.

Re: Payment Options in AC [Re: JeanH] #241418
06/25/07 07:27 AM
06/25/07 07:27 AM

Credit cards are expensive to accept, far more so than most people realise. That's why so many businesses break card company rules and charge an excess.

Re: Payment Options in AC [Re: ] #241484
06/25/07 02:08 PM
06/25/07 02:08 PM
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very few companies charge an excess fee, but as stated aboue they might give you a discount for cash. To my knowledge the gas station is one of the few who charges an extra 3% to use a CC

Re: Payment Options in AC [Re: ecodiver] #241487
06/25/07 02:12 PM
06/25/07 02:12 PM
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travelqueen Offline
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Maybe I'm not understanding this thread but EVERY single place has charged me a fee while using my debit/credit in Belize. I hate to start naming all companies but it was litterally every time I used my card. I'd have the charge then a follow up small fee. I'm pretty cheap when it come to "extra" charges so now just use cash.

Re: Payment Options in AC [Re: travelqueen] #241488
06/25/07 02:30 PM
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Bill Mc Ghee Offline
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TQ are you sure it's the merchant that is charging you the 3%? or is it your bankcard. most cards tack on a 3% charge for converting the Belize charge to U.S. Dollars

Never Use money to measure wealth
Re: Payment Options in AC [Re: travelqueen] #241489
06/25/07 02:33 PM
06/25/07 02:33 PM
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Otteralum Offline
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Hey TQ - The small fee on your statement after every charge? That is an exchange fee from the CC company and not the vendor.

Beat me to it BiIl -- you bastard smile

Last edited by Otteralum; 06/25/07 02:34 PM.

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