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JANUARY 2017: GENERAL INFORMATION: Most budget travellers stay in Belize only briefly and are, usually, in transit between Mexico and northern Guatemala (either heading south or north). There is a good reason for this: Belize is expensive and it is not within GRANDPAcker price range. Tours are expensive / overpriced and you may want to spend that money on tours in other countries, where you will get more bang for your buck. To ‘top it off’, the Belize government joins in with the locals and ‘clips the ticket’ on every opportunity … even charging people US$20 to leave the country by land border. […]


DECEMBER 2016: Click here to read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: My sister and brother (and partners) joined me in Belize for Christmas 2016. One of our planned ‘special events’ was a trip over the Guatemalan border to see the Maya Ruins at Tikal. We planned to base ourselves in San Ignacio, Belize (near the Guatemalan border) and to do a day trip to Tikal from there. Tikal is considered to be one of the most important archaeological sites of Maya culture, along with: Palenque, Chichén, Calukmal, and Uxmal in Mexico; and Caracol and Xunantunich in Belize. Tikal is deep in the jungles of […]

Tikal – Guatemala – Day Trip from Belize

DECEMBER 2016: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from Caye Caulker to Hopkins by water taxi and public bus. In Caye Caulker, I stayed in a GRANDPAcking Standard hotel: the Axios Sun Apartments. I got the Axios at a discounted rate of US$32 / night but a 9% tax and fixed US$15 Cleaning Fee where added to the base price. The result was US$40 / night. I was thinking of staying on Caye Caulker for a couple of weeks. I took one look at it on my day of arrival and decided that 3 nights was going to be enough. […]

Hopkins & Punta Gorda – Belize – Information

NOVEMBER 2016: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye to Caye Caulker by water taxi. In San Pedro, I stayed in a GRANDPAcking Standard hotel: the Hotel Ocean Paradise. I got the Ocean Paradise at a discounted rate of BZ$65 / night (US$32.50). It was time to move on to Caye Caulker to compare the two islands … SAN PEDRO TO CAYE CAULKER: Getting from San Pedro to Caye Caulker is easy: it’s a 30 minute water taxi ride away. You can catch a water taxi from the Ocean Ferry Terminal. The ticket is BZ$19 one […]

Caye Caulker – Belize – Information

NOVEMBER 2016: OVERVIEW: My costs start in Immigration, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye and include: Belize Immigration Fees 4 nights in BELOW GRANDPAcking Standard accommodation 14 nights in GRANDPAcking Standard accommodation Food & Drink Mobile Data / Communications CROSS REFERENCES: For more detail, read about San Pedro. Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here for detailed Travel Information and more Travel Budgets in this country. Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures. SPREADSHEET SUMMARY: MY ACTUAL 1 PERSON GRANDPAcking COSTS: Cost Of Existence (COE): My costs are purely provided for information purposes. I do not always follow ‘GRANDPAcking Standards’. In fact, I […]

San Pedro – Ambergris Caye – Belize – GRANDPAcking Costs

NOVEMBER 2016: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I made my way from Merida (Mexico) to San Pedro (Belize) by public transport. I stopped off to see some ruins on the way in both Uxmal and Calakmul (Xpujil). In Merida, I stayed in a GRANDPAcking Standard hotel: the Doralba Inn. I got the Doralba at a discounted rate of MXP469 / night (US$26) including Buffet Breakfast. It was time to leave Mexico behind and to head for Belize … the next country on my ‘around the world’ adventure. XPUJIL TO SAN PEDRO: I started the final part of my journey to Belize in Xpujil, Mexico (where […]

San Pedro – Ambergris Caye – Belize – Information

CLOSED: My tour of Belize is done, at least for now. Please SEARCH FOR ‘Belize‘ to find all of my Postings, Travel Budgets and Retirement Reviews. I found no GRANDPAcking Retirement Locations in Belize. Meanwhile, here is some general information about Belize and / or the places of interest that I did not get to … GENERAL INFORMATION: In my opinion, the main attraction of Belize is that the official language is English. Other than that, Belize compares poorly against the countries that I have visited so far. In fact, right now, I would place Belize bottom of my list. Simply put […]


GENERIC: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: For detailed information about how costs are constructed, please read About – GRANDPAcking Costs. These GRANDPAcking Holiday Destinations have a Cost Of Existence (COE) of US$60 per day (or more) for 2 people: Costa Rica – Puerto Viejo – US$61 Ecuador – Ayampe – US$63 Ecuador – Central Highlands Tour – US$65 ♥ Romania – Sibiu – US$66 ♥ Panama – Bocas del Toro Island – US$66 Colombia – San Andres Island – US$71 Ecuador – Galapagos Islands – US$76 ♥ Malaysia – Sabah Jungle Tour – US$79 ♥ Belize – San […]

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NOVEMBER 2016 - JUNE 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: For the Central American leg of my GRANDPAcking world trip I targeted several Caribbean Islands off the coast from Belize down to Colombia. I was searching for that ‘idyllic’ GRANDPAcking Standard retirement location. I visited several isands: Ambergris Caye, Belize Caye Caulker, Belize Utila, Honduras Roatan, Honduras Big Corn, Nicaragua Little Corn, Nicaragua Isla Bastimentos, Panama Bocas Del Toro, Panama San Andres, Colombia Providencia, Colombia One of the main attractions of these islands is that they all have an historical link back to the British Empire and, therefore, […]

Coastal Caribbean Islands – Central America – The Ultimate Guide

JUNE 2018: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: PLEASE NOTE: The official exchange rate at the time of writing was US$1 = C$2,900 (Colombian Peso / COP). I came from El Centro, San Andres Island. I stayed 3 nights in the Posada Nativa Tristan Centro. I paid C$72k / US$26 per night for a large Double room with Cable TV (2 English Speaking channels) and an annex that had a dining table and a small fridge. I made a mistake. The hostel was too far from the beach and the area had no nice restaurants nor bars. … It was time to […]

Providencia – Colombia – Information

DECEMBER 2017: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I spent several days making my way from Granada to San Carlos via Costa Rica so that I could take a trip down the Rio San Juan to Greytown. I wanted to experience the Rio San Juan villages and the Indio Maiz Biological Reserve … but, still get to Greytown in time to catch the once-weekly (Wednesday) boat from Greytown to Bluefields. My ultimate goal was to get out to the Corn Islands. I have heard some bad things about the Greytown to Bluefields boat trip – so, I wanted to find […]

Greytown to Bluefields – Nicaragua – Journey

NOVEMBER 2017: Why not read our Retirement Reviews. BACKDROP: I was making my way south into Nicaragua from El Salvador and stopped off for 4 nights in Leon … I was slowly making my way to Managua Airport. In Leon, I stayed in the Guardabarranco Hostel (US$18 / night discounted down to US$15 / night). It was a small Hostel with about 10 rooms in total. It had a Shared Kitchen. Communal Area. And a back garden with a couple of hammocks. My room was nice. Albeit a bit on the small side. And I had a good cold-water private bathroom. Wifi was good everywhere […]

Managua – Nicaragua – Information

OCTOBER 2017: Read our Retirement Reviews to find good places to retire on a budget. THE CA4 COUNTRIES: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua are known as the CA4 (Central American 4) countries. As I describe in my Roatan to San Pedro post, I ‘struck lucky’ coming back through the Honduras-Guatemala border … Guatemala Immigration gave me a new 90 Day Visa (which they are not meant to do). This new visa got me into Guatemala and helped me avoid the need for a boat trip to Belize … I had no problems getting into E Salvador with it … […]

El Esteron – El Salvador – To – Potosi – Nicaragua

OCTOBER 2017: Read our Retirement Reviews to find good places to retire on a budget. BACKDROP: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua are known as the CA4 (Central American 4) countries. In June 2017, I left Palenque (Mexico) and cut across northern Guatemala to the Honduran Bay Islands. I stayed nearly 3 months in Utila and Roatan before needing to get out of the CA-4 (again) to renew my visa. I bought a Shuttle / Boat Ticket from Roatan to Punta Gorda, Belize. As I describe in my Roatan to San Pedro post, I ‘struck lucky’ at the Honduras-Guatemala border […]

San Pedro LL – Guatemala – To – Santa Ana – El Salvador

SEPTEMBER 2017: Click here to read our Guatemala Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua are known as the CA4 (Central American 4) countries. They have agreed to share a single Tourist Visa of up to 90 days. As you cross the borders within these CA4 countries you do not get a new 90 day visa … instead, they deduct how many days you have been in other CA4 countries from those 90 days and give you the remainder. This means that you have to do a Visa Run out of the CA4 every 90 days. ENTERING THE CA4: I started […]

Roatan – Honduras – Visa Run – To – San Pedro LL – Guatemala