Friday, December 14, 2012

Belize City and D'Nest Inn

We decided that we needed to go to Belize City to accomplish 2 things: discuss the QRP-Qualified Retired Persons Program- with the folks at BTB-Belize Tourism Board- and discuss the customs/duty on our crate that's set to arrive any day now.

Belize City is a thriving, vibrant, little big city-advertised to have a population of 70,000! The streets are mostly paved-or in the process of being paved, well traveled, a little rutty, not built with 2 lanes of traffic in mind--so there's a lot of zig-zagging to avoid other vehicles, parked vehicles as well as pedestrians!













Our GPS could not hone in on the exact address for the BTB (64 Regent Street) but it did get us to Regent Street. By accident, we made the correct turn and bumped into the building--it actually sits at the corner or Regent and South streets. Guarded parking lot across the street. We went in and the person I had emailed a couple of questions to was not in. No problem, another lady came out, sat down beside us and answered our questions. Mainly about the timing - it'll take 6-8 weeks, yes need a Belizean bank with deposits of $2000/month-no US bank won't count, importing a vehicle-as long as the person applying for QRP has their name on the title-no problem. So we still must decide if this is the route we want to go--because we're not sure, we're going to continue as regular tourists until we decide-that will involve getting a new tourist stamp every 30 days (actually safer if 29 days) this will also renew the car permit.


The 2 gentlemen we were told to contact about the customs questions were not in their offices adjacent to Port Loyola. We opted to meet up with them next visit to BC.

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Before leaving Corozal, I did a Google search for hotels in Belize City. Came up with some pricey choices (up to $300usd/night) and some not so pricey ones too ($25usd/night). Not wanting to spend an arm and a leg, nor stay in a cockroach infested room (yes, that was posted on Tripadvisor for one of the properties)-we opted for a B&B on the north side of town.

D'Nest Inn, www.dnestinn.com, is the perfect fit! For $100usd/night, we have the Dove Nest Suite, a   king sized bed suite, private bathroom with hot water, a/c, fan, wifi, cable tv, decorated in Belizean antiques and hardwoods. The owners, Gaby and Oty, have done a nice job decorating the 4 bedrooms and the garden is beautiful-sitting alongside the canal-manatees are frequent visitors, year round. It's located off the beaten path, no road noise, quiet neighborhood (although it's across the street from the neighborhood soccer field-no one was playing), and at a dead end. Three miles from the center of town. Breakfast is served 7-9 a.m. and we were treated to: cheese omelette, toast, ham, beans and spicy tomato. I think this will be our destination B&B for visits to BC!!
Street View

King Size Hand Carved Mahogany Headboard
Seating Area in Suite


Garden View

Canal and Garden View

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