Originally Posted by Nauti-Nauti
When you say better are we talking price
, availabilityor both,
Provisioning options have increased dramatically in Placencia in recent years. In prior years it was just Wallens. There are an almost absurd number of stores there now. However, pricing in Belize
is higher -- especially for imported goods (way high customs
duties -- #1 source of revenue in Belize
ahead of even tourism!). If you buy regional products rather than USA products the the costs are lower, but everything in Belize tends to be high. THere are also a few new veggie stands there now. So, availability is not bad now, certainly better than it used to be when I lived there in 2005-2006, but price is relatively high.
A few unique things you can get in Belize: New Zealand
canned butter -- quite yummy and stores easily (metal can), "Squash" a fruit juice concentrate, some specialty sauces by Marie Sharps and others (although Marie Sharps hot sauces are also available in Guate).
On the Rio prices are generally better. Some specialty USA/import brands are available at Miriams and Chiques, but they are of course more expensive than local/regional brands, but less than Belize. If you leave the Rio to Morales/Puerto Barrios/Guate City then the range of available products goes up dramatically and the prices are better than Belize. In Guate City you can buy virtually any product you want. Produce here on the Rio is WAY better than Belize. Hit Fronteras on a market day and a wide variety of produce is literally spilling over into the street. Much better produce availability and price than Belize. Coffee and Rum
are both way better in Guate -- some of the best in the world of both (neither of which are generally permitted to enter Belize) -- in contrast to the mediocre options for either in Belize.
Bay Islands prices are relatively high, but good availability on USA imported items (one reason I think many Americans like it here). Prices and availability on mainland Honduras are better.