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Tooo much good stuff!

I have heard a lot of people on this board reference the fact that touristas should "bring" more money than they think. I have traveled across Mexico, and the banco's with ATM capabilities made the need to physically carry large amounts of cash both futile and un-nessary. I have read Lan's posts that there are ATM's in Belize. Is there a reason that I am unaware of why I would be well served carrying enough money on my person that I would never use an ATM?
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Placencia
Caves Branch
Caye Caulker

BTW: I am trying very hard not to call these Islands "kayes" but rather "Keys". Has anyone else battled this...> shocked )


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As far as I know there are no ATM's in any of the places you will be staying at. The only ones I am aware of are in Belize City and on Ambergris Caye. That said, I have never found either to be working consistently!

The "kay" vs "key" question has been hashed out a million times here. It's "key."

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Thanks for the info; and pardon my mental block. I KNOW the correct name is Keys, but I learned it by reading as "khaye"...its gonna be an uphill battle.....


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Barbara, I thought Short told us it was Kay?


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IT'S KEY..... Right Lovee ! eek

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Both pronounciations are correct. "key" is the most widely used by English speaking people. If you look it up in the dictionary, you will see that the pronounciation is listed both as ke and ka. That is with the little - over the e and a.

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Just call it San Pedro!

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smile The other thing is that I thought Cayo was pronounced Kai oh. If that is correct and short is saying that key should be pronounced as in Cayo, why wouldn't key be pronounced kai?


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Ahhhhh Sooooo-
Perhaps my pronoucation as "Kayee" is not all together incorrect!

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It's "Key" and always has been pronounced Key since early British Honduras days. Keep in mind that Belize is a former British colony, and the only offical language is English.

Now if you want to get into Spanish pronunciations, that's another matter. In which case, let's all refer to Belize as Belice (Bay-Liss-Say). True, Spanish is becoming more and more important in Belize, given all the mostly illegal immigration from Guatemala and elsewhere. And Ambergris (Am-BUR-Griss), not the proper French pronunciation, was settled mostly by Spanish-speaking folks from Mexico. But IMHO Belize will no longer be Belize when Spanish is the dominant language.

As to the original question, it's always a good idea to have a back-up plan for getting more cash. But with 10 Belize Bank ATMs across the country now accepting ATM cards on the PLUS and CIRRUS networks, you (probably) won't have any trouble. If you do, you can always swipe your Visa or MC at most any bank ATM and get a cash advance, or failing that fill out the paperwork at the bank for the advance. But then the prudent traveler always carries a traveler's check (make that traveller's cheque or el cheque de viajero) if all else fails.

--Lan Sluder


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