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Cash/Traveler's Chex/Credit Card #89452
07/13/04 12:04 PM
07/13/04 12:04 PM
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New York
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Hi All!!! Need some help! We are going to AC tomorrow for a week. What is the breakdown of cash to traveler's chex that we should take. ie...50/50 , 70/30 etc. etc. etc. plus is it easy to cash the traveler's chex? Can you use ATM's? What is the % of business that take credit cards.

Thanks all...

Re: Cash/Traveler's Chex/Credit Card #89453
07/13/04 12:45 PM
07/13/04 12:45 PM
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lawton, oklahoma
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Cash is the easiest to use. We usually got back Belizian currency, be sure to get rid of that before you leave. We used travelers checks at most restaurants. Didn't try ATM's.

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Re: Cash/Traveler's Chex/Credit Card #89454
07/13/04 01:13 PM
07/13/04 01:13 PM
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Breakdown will be a personal decision. We took plenty of both. Traveler's checks easy to cash at the banks...will require passport & ID. No fee to exchange into BZ but a nominal fee to exchange for US dollars. If memory serves me, there is one ATM machine & it only accepts a couple type cards {BZ ?]. We took ours for use in the states, if needed. For us, it was easiest to exchange the US to BZ instead of making payment in US dollars.

Have a great time!

Like okie said...Can I come?

Re: Cash/Traveler's Chex/Credit Card #89455
07/13/04 01:15 PM
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Me to Me to!!!

I've got the return-home-blues somthing terrible!!!

Re: Cash/Traveler's Chex/Credit Card #89456
07/13/04 08:03 PM
07/13/04 08:03 PM
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Pasadena, CA
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Haven't been on AC since they were installed, but, reportedly there's an ATM in San Pedro that works with Star and Plus systems - fees will apply. Search the thread to find more information.

We always enter Belize with several hundred in cash - all locations freely accept US dollars, give change in Belizean or mix of BZ & US. I like using travelers checks because they fit in easily with how we travel and what we do. We often stay toward the north end of town and walk along the beach, which makes it dead easy to change checks to cash at Milo's office. The added benefit is that Milo's gives you a portion of the exchange fee as well. Last time we were there we got 205 to 207 BZ for every 100 US. Not a big deal, but, it's better than paying a fee at the bank.... I don't want to sound like a shill, but, Milo's is the best exchange deal we found - on the north end of Front Street, across from a golf cart rental place. (Polo's)

A lot of places accept credit cards - we've used them with no problem. The only catch is that some merchants tack on a transaction fee to cover the 2 or 4% fee charged by the clearing house. We also found that some tour operators were willing to give a discount because we were booking 4 to 6 people together - but they wouldn't do that if paid with plastic.

Re: Cash/Traveler's Chex/Credit Card #89457
07/13/04 09:37 PM
07/13/04 09:37 PM
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Milos is a good deal but has relocated to the West side of middle street.

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