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money matters #77593
12/28/03 01:05 PM
12/28/03 01:05 PM
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washington, dc
sallystarlight Offline OP
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Hi All! I'm new to this site and new to AC -- will be visiting for the first time Jan 28-Feb 4. Question -- should I rely upon traveler's checks, credit cards, ATM or cold hard cash? What has been your experience? Also, can someone recommend a highly effective bug spray that doesn't stink to high heaven? Thanks much!

Re: money matters #77594
12/28/03 03:28 PM
12/28/03 03:28 PM
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JeanH Offline
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I've only been once, but discovered we didn't take enough cash. I had to go to the bank and get a cash advance on my credit card. Definitely not the best way to get cash, it was expensive. As of June there weren't any international ATM's in Ambergris Caye. Credit cards were pretty widely accepted. I didn't have any traveler's checks, so don't know about them. Next trip we'll bring more cash.

Re: money matters #77595
12/28/03 04:41 PM
12/28/03 04:41 PM
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San Pedro& Indiana
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We find cash easiest. A lot of places take Credit cards, but call your card company before you go, most (not all) charge a 3% service fee on each purchase. Got that surprise after our last trip to Belize. The 2 I found that did not charge any fee are MBNA and National City. Most businesses are fairly small in SP and the fee they pay to the credit card company cuts into their profit so I try to pay cash. I do the same at home with smaller businesses. Enjoy!! Indygal

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Re: money matters #77596
12/28/03 07:51 PM
12/28/03 07:51 PM
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Macon, Georgia USA
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My group also found cash easier to deal with. Tour operators prefer it and some even offer a discount when used instead of a credit card.

Re: money matters #77597
12/28/03 07:55 PM
12/28/03 07:55 PM
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We used travelers cheques at a few places but they would prefer cash. TAKE SMALL BILLS-- very difficult to get 50s and 100s broken. If you are going to use credit cards advise them ahead of time that you will be out of the country and in Belize. We had two credit card companies stop our credit line because they thought the card had been stolen. we were not home to answer their calls and had a problem on a previous trip to Curacao. This time we called ahead and had no problems. Have a good trip - enjoy ! Divedoc

Re: money matters #77598
12/29/03 12:26 AM
12/29/03 12:26 AM
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washington, dc
sallystarlight Offline OP
sallystarlight  Offline OP
Thanks for the advice! Seems like cash is the way to go. Can I assume that the hotels have in-room safes?

Re: money matters #77599
12/29/03 02:29 AM
12/29/03 02:29 AM
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Sally, take $500 cash to get you started out on your holiday, and the rest in travellers cheques. You can easily get them cashed at Milo's and at the pink supermarket (even the big ones). All you need is your passport.

This advice is coming to you from someone that has been there more than once. smile

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

Re: money matters #77600
12/29/03 02:35 AM
12/29/03 02:35 AM
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bogalusa, LA USA
kerry Offline
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usually bring traveller's checks and cash...never had a problem cashing traveller's checks, in small denominations (20's or less), at the hotel, most restaurant's, bars, tour companies, etc...bring my card, for back up...just in case...but have never had to use it due to non-acceptance of traveller's checks....have a great trip!!!

Re: money matters #77601
12/29/03 10:07 AM
12/29/03 10:07 AM
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Rosemount, Minnesota USA
CyaBye Offline
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Hi Sally,

To answer your question about bug spray, the only real effective ones contain DEET and they all stink! I'm not sure during the dry season you'll need it, I was there for the month of March last year and I was never bitten once by anything.

Just in case here is a link

Have fun

Re: money matters #77602
12/29/03 11:45 AM
12/29/03 11:45 AM
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oregon, spr
Marty Offline

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skin so soft by avon works really well and does not stink

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