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Q&A: Belize

?Can I use Visa card there or do I have to have cash/travellers checks for everything?
!Visa or any other internationally known credit card will be fine in shops, hotels, restaurants and banks. US dollars are great too and so are the local Belizian dollars at half the value of the US ones. But you will get far with a credit card.
Guides will probably want cash, though, unless you hire them through the local tour, fishing and diving shops.
?Can you recommend a reasonably priced guide for flats type fishing?
!I think all guides are priced the same - which is about US$ 200.- for a day, soft drinks and lunch included but without tips.
I certainly don't consider this inexpensive, but in most cases still worth the money. You can easily be two or maybe even three people in the boat, sharing, especially if you go for wadable flats.
We used Severo who is a very able guide, speaks English and knows his business. He can be contacted at
?Can you recommend fishing the lagoons on the back side if the island? If so, how would I get to some of the more remote ones, like, I believe, Santa Cruz Lagoon about half way between San Pedro and the Mexican border?
!The lagoons are fishable but not extremely interesing. Most of them are muddy and will not be wadable, and even though you so see bonefish, they are far from as numerous as on the flats reachable by boat.
The lagoons are easily reachable by car - of the small, electrical golf type which can be rented in several places in San Pedro.
In the area around San Pedro you will find fishable water everywhere - both on the front side - towards the reef - and on the back - in the lagoons. These can all be reached by foot or golf car.
A trip half way to the Mexican border would probably be stretching it in an electrical car, and I don't know whether it's possible to go there at all from San Pedro.
?Did you see any place to rent kayaks?
!Yes, there were several places along the beach where you could rent ocean kayaks - mostly of the open (sit-on-top) type. My notion was that they were fairly expensive and too expensive to be an alternative to hiring a guide with a flats boat for a whole day.
If you just want to go for an hour or two, it could be worth considering.
Please notice that many of the hotels and resorts have kayaks at free disposal for their guests.

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