Hi! I did a search on this subject and thought I'd come wuth tons of posts...NOT! (At least within the last 30 days.)
Anyway, I think I know what the allowable amounts are (1 bottle per person?), but how are the prices in Belize for liquor? How about the mainland versus AC? Wondering whether I should bring some, buy on mainland (isn't there a duty free at the Internat'l airport?) or just wait until I get to AC.
Also, is there a limit on coffee? How are prices for that on AC?
Sharon, We were allowed 2 litres per person to bring back. We waited to buy it at the airport but that was a mistake (at least for the coconut rum). We found the prices cheaper at the local markets. I'm not sure what you're wanting to drink there but as for bringing some back, buy it at the market, not the airport.
Local rums are fairly inexpensive (US$6 to $10 or so a bottle) in groceries on Ambergris and elsewhere. Any imported booze, whether from the U.S. or elsewhere, will be considerably more expensive than in the U.S. Vodka and a couple of other types also are made in Belize, so those aren't so expensive.
I've never been clear on what the law is for bringing booze into Belize -- I've been told one liter person and also two liters per person. Like many things in Belize, it may just depend ...
I would say that if you like a particular brand bring a bottle of that and then switch to local rums which are affordable and excellent -- Duurley's gold is my favorite but a lot of people like One Barrel.
At bars, local rum drinks are always the cheapest way to go. A gin and tonic for example might be three times the cost of a rum and tonic.
We have brought (2) 1.75L of good vodka each time for the past two years (since they closed the INBOUND duty free shop). I have never heard of anyone getting hassled for their alcohol amounts, certainly not if it is within reason.
Lan is correct about the "imported" prices at the local stores. They are very high (depends, of course, on ones perspective), and quite a change from years previous. The local stuff isn't too bad...in fact the rums are damn good. Local vodka so-so, but generally need a little extra filtration (coffee filters work just fine). Unless you have a desire to punish yourself without mercy, stay away from Belizian gin.
One more question on the rum..... I'm particularly fond of dark spiced rum. I like Captain Morgan's myself. Does Belize make a dark spiced rum? I know coconut rum is everywhere, but what about spiced? Should we bring our own or try the Belizian dark rum. Is one barrel dark? Debbie
ChooChoo! Only you would know how to improve the booze! We bring our own good vodka, but Absolut is available in many stores in San Pedro at affordable (not budget) prices. Some local vodka is made from sugar cane and tastes more like rum to me! I know alot of people bring their own coffee but I was under the impression that as an agricultural product it is not allowed to be brought into the country? Maxwell House is available at the stores.
I belize the cheapest liquor is actually the concentrated rum sold in small brown bottles. It is convenient for rum punches and such. Warning! Dilute it!
Don't bring coffee to belize.. it's like bringing your own sand or beer!!!
before I left, I too was worried about the quality of coffe ( after reading about it in a negative post here).. but I took a chance.
suffice it to say, Gallon Jug Coffee Rules!!! I'm a major java junkie ( and so were the other 7 people in our party).. everyone had their choice of local coffee or maxwell house at the store.. for 7$us a pound (ground for you).. it makes for mighty nice mornings.
we all brought a few pounds back ( they sell it in airtight containers for 9us a pound.
As far as liquor.. don't sweat it.. bring in what you want, if you get hassled at customs, just pay the duty. ( but know that you can buy anything for only a few dollars more than what it would cost back home)... coconut, silver, and gold rum is all about 5-8 bucks a bottle...