Sea Sprite hit all the major stuff, a really good summary. Tikal will knock your socks off.
A couple of tidbits on the communication side of the house. Cell phones are very inexpensive down here. The phones are around 30-40 dollars. They sell the pay as you go cards in denominations. By waiting for what they call a Triple Day, you can have the ability to dial up the US for about 5 cents a min.
Another late development is the availability of a cell powered 3G network that covers the Marinas
in the area. You can pick up a USB device that plugs in to your computer and your on the net for about 39.00 / month at broadband
speeds anchored out... These are pay as you go also.
prices have climbed a bit in the last few months, but that depends on what your looking for... anywhere from 200+/- to 300+/- electricity at most marinas
is around 40 cents a kw. Unlike the islands, potable water here is free at dockside. Mostof it is filtered, and UV treated well water... check with the marina about how they treat their water.
I spend about 300 a month on food... and I eat out almost every meal... If I were to eat on board (like I should be doing) it would probably be sub 200.00. And I would probably be sub 230lbs as well.
Rauchers Guide is great for coming through Belize...so you will be fine there. Dont rush Belize... its awesome. Pavlidis has a guide out also, and it has more detail on the Rio itself.
There are two haul out
facilities here, one with a travel lift
the other with a rail lift
. The rail lift facility will not allow you to do your own work, the travel lift facility will though. If you are even thinking about doing a bottom job here. Bring your own paint
. You can find paint
here, a new store opened and they have heaps of paint, but pricey.