Checking into Guatemala
Livingston was probably the easiest and friendliness place on my trip last year to the western Caribbean
. All the officials come out to your boat and check everything and then you can either hire the local agent to do the rest of the paperwork onshore or do it yourself. No pressure.
I have mixed feeling about Belize
. We came into San Pedro on a Sunday and were told by nearby boats we couldn't check in until Monday so we stayed onboard until the next morning. When we checked in on Monday they said we could have been fined for not checking in Sunday, but that we had 24 hours and had just made it. But all in all they were OK and honest. Checking out up the river at Placencia was a big ripoff. They made me pay $100 for some donantion to local orphans, probably their kids
BTW, be very honest when you check in Belize
when you report the total amount of booze you have on board. They come out to check and if you don't tell the exact amount they will confisicate it all and fine you.
In Isla Mujeres Mexico
it wasn't too bad but if you don't use an agent the port captain
may give you a hard time. Also be sure you get a Tourist visa not a transit one or after 1 month you will have to leave or go through a big hassle trying to get a proper visa.
isn't so bad. All the officials come onboard with their sniffer dogs
. Takes a few hours but they are all friendly. Just be careful when the Guardia (coast guard) check your boat. Watch them carefully as some can be a little light fingered. Don't leave things like watches, rings, etc. laying around or sitting in a drawer or they may disappear. It helps to offer them a drink like coke or even a shot of rum
. When you check out the port captain
may ask for a "donation" as much as 10% of your bill. If he has helped you a few bucks doesn't hurt.