Financial Breakdown For Belize

Yummy cakes, Cake Lady, Caye Caulker, Belize

Yummy cakes, Cake Lady, Caye Caulker, Belize


As part of our series on the costs associated with travelling through the Americas, today we will continue with our detailed expenses in Belize. In case you missed the original post, throughout our trip we’ve been keeping detailed expenses. Every time we make a purchase we write down our costs in either a paper notebook or a phone. We decided to put those detailed expenses to use and show you how much it cost us to travel in each country.
Coming into Belize, we didn’t really know what to expect in terms of a budget. We were actually surprised by how expensive things were. I guess we were spoiled by the prices in Mexico. In the end, we went over our goal of $110 a day. Our average for 12 days in Belize was $124.66, almost the same amount as the US portion of our trip.
Here are some of the key points with regards to our expenses in Belize:

  1. Our trip through Belize was a little strange.

    We entered Belize from Mexico, returned to Mexico to meet up with friends and spend New Years there and then drove again through Belize to get to Guatemala.

    Because we crossed the border twice and we spent very little time in the country itself, our border crossing costs actually ended up being a whopping 118 CAD or 8% of the total amount of money we spent there. If you plan on spending significant amount of time in Belize this cost would not be as significant.

  2. Belize City was one of the very few place on our trip where we paid for parking. The Radisson parking lot was the only place we felt we could safely leave #7 for a week while we went off to Caye Caulker to experience the island life. If you don’t plan on driving in Belize, this would be a cost you would not incur.
  3. Good food was hard to find in Belize.

    In Belize City, we only stayed one night, and we ate Chinese fast food.

    In Caye Caulker, we did grocery shopping and bought fresh fish from the fishermen and cooked that. We ate at the local eateries two or three times. We also ate grilled chicken that was very popular on the weekends.

  4. The Park fees item on our detailed list is actually Snorkeling tour that I did with my friend Amy (Thenix doesn’t swim). It was expensive, but absolutely worth it. I have never seen such beautiful, and colourful fishes in their habitat before, not to mention the turtles, and sharks.
  5. We went slightly over budget on hotels. As we couldn’t find any reasonably priced good accommodations in Belize City, so we had to stay at a 120 CAD a night hotel for one night before hopping on the ferry to Caye Caulker.
  6. Finally, gas is very expensive in Belize. We avoided buying gas in Belize by filling up our gas tank in Mexico before crossing the border. #7 can do over 500km on a single tank of gas so we didn’t have to fill up in Belize at all.

Without further ado, here is a detailed list of what we spent money on in the Belize:

CategoryTotalsDaily
ATM fees5.810.48
Border crossing118.269.86
Cab4.380.37
Car12.001.00
Charity1.100.09
Cigarettes36.823.07
Food248.1620.68
Grocery55.934.66
Lodging751.7762.65
Misc1.100.09
Park Fees71.185.93
Parking76.656.39
Phone32.302.69
Public Transport68.445.70
Tolls1.230.10
Water10.830.90
Total1495.96124.66

As you can see, we spent 1496 CAD for the both of us in 12 days of being in the Belize. If you have any other questions about our expenses, please let us know in the comments below.

– This post has been published in Panama City, Panama.

If you haven’t heard of the Big Trip yet, you are in for a treat. Boom & Thenix are driving a 1998 Honda Civic down to the southern most tip of South America, through the West Coast of the US, Mexico, Central and South America. We left on July 17th for this amazing adventure with the help of our sponsor Wise24. For a map of our trip so far, please click here. If you have questions about costs, visas, or anything else trip-related, please see our post on The Big Trip or check out our Archives. Add us to Google+.

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2 thoughts on “Financial Breakdown For Belize

  1. Excellent post and I was pleasantly surprised to see you mention my house you stayed in on Caye Caulker. Hope you really enjoyed the stay and the house. Come back again soon.

    1. That is such a coincidence! We absolutely loved your house. It was so comfortable. The porch with the hammocks was the ultimate in relaxation. My friend and I spent hours on the hammocks, catching the breeze, chatting with vendors passing by, reading a book and catching up.

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