Originally Posted by geozeck
Final Note on the check in to Belize. With all the discussion of the entry to San Pedro and knowledgeable people like Sailorman advising us to think twice before we enter there, part of my check-in fee was $120 US for navigational aids. The nav aids I encountered was one yellow buoy at SP and sticks in the ground from SP to Belize City.
Just checked into Belize at Big Creek this week and it appears that Belize Port Authority (BPA) are again hitting on the cruisers who are Marine
They have “revised” their charges by going back to the charges outlined in an act of Parliament aimed at setting fees
for commercial shipping
This means that the longer you stay the more you have to pay. Go figure, a good way to encourage Marine
Tourism and impact the time you are there supporting the local businesses !!!!!
They tried this a few years ago and after adverse internet
postings, compromised by offering a 3 month cruising permit
at a reasonable price
, sadly since withdrawn, or a reduced daily charges of BZ$5.00 per day
Well, now BPA have put in place a 100% increase in the daily rates, the new rate is BZ$10.00 per day, this is on top of the BZ$102.00 you now have to pay BPA to check in.
So what does this mean in practice?
If you have an 8 ton boat and want to stay for 90 days (the maximum time Customs
will allow you to keep your boat in Belize) you will be paying BPA a total of BZ$982.00 or BZ11.00 per day.
I guess the other question to ask is what do us cruisers get for this money
Other charges to Customs
, immigration and BAHA appear to have remained at the same, reasonable levels