San Pedro, Ambergris Caye is known as one of the more expensive destinations in Belize, but it’s an island, so as you can imagine, there’s a cost to that island life that makes things just a tad more pricey than the mainland. Here are a few tips to help guide you to save money when you’re visiting. (and for any part of Belize for that matter)
Stay at a hostel
Just a few years ago staying at a hostel was not the best option and there were so many unknowns when arriving at your location. Now, with the world wide web, reviews galore, it is easy and safe to find a hostel in the area of your choosing. Throughout Belize, there are hostels in every tourist area, so no matter where you are going, you’ll be sure to find one. Many of them in San Pedro are on the beach – imagine that, what better location could you ask for — beachfront without breaking the bank. Save your money for tours!
Eat Street Food
Belize is notoriously known for amazing, local street food. Our diverse culture offers a wide range of options for fast, inexpensive food. For breakfast, you can find tacos on the street corners of almost any part of Belize (yes we eat tacos for breakfast), they’re 3 for $0.50 USD and you can pack a dozen easily! These aren’t your tex–mex tacos, but they are the Yucatan inspired version in Belize.
Another favorite for breakfast is our popular meat pie, also $0.50 USD each. For lunch, you absolutely must try our creole rice and beans, with either stew chicken, beef or pork, this meal will fill you up for the rest of the day and is a healthy portion for just $5.00 USD per person. For dinner, there are a host of fast-food Chinese take-outs or Pizza joints throughout, that can feed a large group for a small cost, but a favorite is to visit the Park in downtown San Pedro to get some of the best burritos and late-night food you’ve ever had! Be sure to save one night to splurge on a night out in a full– service restaurant, Belize has so much to offer in cuisine!
Use a Local SIM card
Both telecommunications companies SMART and DIGI offer local pre-paid SIM card services so you won’t have to incur any high roaming charges on your phone. Wifi is also free in almost every part of Belize so you can stay connected.
Travel by Road or Boat
Taking flights does save time, but if you’re trying to save a dime, then it’s best to take a bus or boat to your destination, it is about 25% of the cost of a flight. Boat Busses and Boats leave almost every hour and a Half throughout Belize, so you also have flexibility in your times to move around. By Road visit: Belize Bus Schedule to find times or By boat visit http://www.belizewatertaxi.com
Take Group Tours
When booking your excursion, ask your tour guide if there’s a time or space when others are going so you can jump on that tour and avoid the costs of private tours or going during times that aren’t convenient to share trips with others.
Written by Tanya McNab