Belize Postal Service, a Dirty little Secret and Current Internet Pricing
Belize Postal Service is an area of question that often comes up for future expats, they want to know what options are available for mail delivery and in some cases need to have a change of address set up in advance.
Our mail system is general delivery and we have no zip/postal codes, something that always mystifies people trying to send you mail. If you opt for this route your new mailing address would be your name followed by; Pescador Dr. Post Office General Delivery, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. If I am on a website needing my address and it will not accept all zeros for a zip code, I use the ever popular 90210 🙂
If you don’t want to stand in line waiting for the post guy to check all the mail in the box that is designated for the first letter of your last name, you do have the option to go private. It used to be that there was a waiting list for private mailboxes, now that the post office moved to Pescador Dr. (Middle St.) they have increased the number of boxes available for rent. There are 2 options; small and large both have a $25 deposit. Small ones are $65 for the first year then $40 thereafter. The big ones (none currently available) are $105 for year one and $80 annually after that. Pricing in Belize currency.
You can also get private mailboxes with Quicksilver Messenger service. This is the option I used because owner Dianne calls me and tells me politely to get my hiney to my mailbox asap and pick up my package slip(s). If you let them sit too long you run the risk of the post office sending back your package(s). Click through to Quicksilver Messenger site to see annual pricing on private mailboxes. She has a few locations around town.
Quicksilver Messenger also offers lots of other useful services such as:
- Bill Paying
- Pay property taxes
- Property Management
- Cell phone rentals
- Western Union money transfers
- Check deposits at local banks
- Purchase your monthly bridge pass
- Pay your property or vehicle insurance
- Passport pickups at and Canadian Consulate or US Embassy
- Payments to the Magistrate’s office at the courthouse
My Dirty Little Secret
This idea has excited many people I have told, but a few of you might not like it though. While I have tried to curb the habit as best I can, sometimes I just cannot resist. I have long discovered that many places in China, Hong Kong, and South Korea (among a few other places) offer free shipping to Belize on eBay. That means not only am I getting something at a reasonably good price that I cannot find here because I do not have to pay for shipping, I do not mind paying duty charges.
Aside from the time it takes for your purchases to arrive, there are sometimes minor drawbacks to shopping this way. Once a guy in Hong Kong tried very hard to convince me that my crank flashlights should be sent to Honduras and I had to convince him right back if he did that I would never see them. Also sometimes you get what you pay for. I recently took a chance on 4 extra 9 foot chargers noodle flat micro USB phone charger cables at $1.66 each and sadly China let me down this time. The quality was just not there, and they were too slow in charging which was a bummer as long charger cords rock.
As for customs and duty, the post office has their official “blue book” of pricing. I have still found no real rhyme or reason for the customs prices on my stuff. The first picture is a good example of that. I got charged $7.65 BZD for my plastic owl bento box from Hong Kong (cost $5.62 BZD) and only $4.20 BZD for my Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 battery charger (cost $7.98 BZD). Reason for buying a new charger from China: King, our pool guy helped me work out that it was not a faulty wiring that made my old charger start acting up, it was because the inside had rusted.
Current Internet Pricing
If you are interested in our postal system, then there is a good chance you are interested in Belize internet too.
For home internet, I opted for a standard 2MB plan at $130 BZD and I pay $39.99 BZD for 2 gigs worth on my Nexus phone. That gives me a combined monthly bill of $179.99. I get bill notifications by text and email and I pay online using Atlantic Bank.
If you are considering internet for your smartphone and you want to know how much data you should buy, click through to use the handy Digicell data calculator. By estimating how many monthly emails, social media posts, minutes streaming videos watched and songs downloaded you can get an idea of how many gigs you should get.
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If you need internet while on vacation and are good with your phone most businesses will share their password, you can also get 1 hour per day free at Central Park in town. There are also a few internet cafes that charge by the hour, should you need a sit-down computer option.