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Finances and Money | Budget Planning

Finances and Money

Traveling on a budget often means the less that you spend, the longer you can stay or the more activities that you can do. It can also be fun since it lends itself to interacting with more of the local population.

Belize, on the most part, has fixed prices, unlike neighboring countries where you bargain for the best deal. Locally produced items are far cheaper than imported items and so buy local, save money and support the Belize economy.

Below is a list of average prices on goods and services used by travelers.

Item Belize $ US $
Food    
1 liter water $2.50 $1.25
1 12 oz. bottle coca-cola $1.50 $0.75
1 diet coke $2.75 $1.38
lime Juice (i.e. lemonade) $2.00 $1.00
Belikin (local beer) $3.00 $1.50
1 coffee $2.00 $1.00
cappuccino $6.00 $3.00
1 liter locally made soy milk $3.50 $1.75
2 bananas $0.25 $0.13
1 fresh pineapple $2.00 $1.00
tamales (local) $1.00 $0.50
plate of rice, beans & chicken $6.00 $3.00
vegetable fried rice (Chinese) $8.00 $4.00
burger & fries $10.00 $5.00
1 large pizza $30.00 $15.00
shrimp or lobster dinner $20.00 $10.00
1 box granola bars $8.50 $4.25
1 box tofu $3.50 $1.75
1 chocolate bar $1.50 $0.75


Transportation Belize $ US $
taxi (in town) $6.00 $3.00
bike rental (day) $30.00 $15.00
car rental (day-suv) $170.00 $85.00
bus fares between towns up to
$20.00
up to
$10


Lodging Belize $ US $
The minimum basic - bed, shared bath, cold water, just a place to crash up to $20 $10.00
The medium - hot water, private bath, not too many aesthetics $40-98 $20-49
The upper end budget - hot water, private bath, comfortable bed, matching linens, nice aesthetics $100 & up $50 & up


Tours Belize $ US $
half-day snorkel tour $80.00 $40.00
caving $100.00 $50.00


Communication Belize $ US $
letter to USA $0.60 $0.30
postcard to USA $0.30 $0.15
postcard to UK $0.75 $0.38
postcard $1.00 $0.50
Email by the hour $6.00 $3.00
phone call - 1 minute on a prepaid phone card    
Within Belize $0.55 $0.23
To USA $0.99 $0.50


Personal Items Belize $ US $
1 load of laundry (wash only) $6.00 $3.00
toothpaste $2.50 $1.25
sunscreen $20.00 $10.00
bug repellant $12.00 $6.00
tampons (box 10) $6.00 $3.00
haircut (local salon) $20.00 $10.00
pedicure (local salon) $20.00 $10.00
2 pack AA batties $4.00 $2.00




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