‘Christmas Shopping’ for Ambergris Caye, Belize.


For our shopping expedition to look at fixtures and fittings for our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize in Belize City today Rose and I left ‘home’ at 7.40 am to catch the 8 am ferry ( we had to draw some cash first from the ATM first and that was the reason for the early start).

We got good seats with plenty of space around us but that all changed when we got to Caye Caulker to take on passengers. The boat very quickly filled and it was necessary for some passengers to sit on the steps to the entrances/exits. The trip though passed without event and we arrived in Belize City at 9.20am.

Before going to look at fixtures and fittings for our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize we had to go try to get some Secret Santa presents to take to the Christmas Lunch we are attending at Pedro’s Hotel next Tuesday.

For this we planned to visit a few stores in Albert Street first. Take note of what was on offer and the prices of the items we thought are worthy of a present . For us this means ‘what might we use if we got it as a present’. Oh, the price range for the Secret Santa presents is BZ$70-80.

First off we went to Delta Stores ( the store that I bought our clothes airer from). There were some really interesting and useful stuff in there – safes, garden equipment, fold-away chairs, – and at reasonable prices ( by Belize standards) but nothing that took our fancy for the presents.

We then went toTropigas and found four or five items that could fit the bill. Items and prices noted we went straight to Hofius. Much the same choice of items as we had seen in Tropigas but the prices were appreciably more expensive at between 10-20% higher. We decided to not purchase anything though until we had checked out what the Benny’s and Brodie’s stores on the Northern Highway had to offer.

So we headed to the cab rank near Brodie’s in Albert Street to take a cab. We chose Miguel who agreed to operate at BZ$30 an hour. We told him we would likely need him for between 2 to 3 hours.

Our first store to visit was Fort’s Tile Gallery ( part of the Daltile group) in Barrack Road. The shop is not much too look at on the outside but looks can be deceiving because inside there are some wonderful tiles and in Jerry Barillas you find a very knowledgeable and helpful guy. They also have a website http://www.daltile.com.mx ( regrettably only in Spanish ) that enables you to really take your time making your choices. You will need though to email Jerry to find out what the prices are. His email address is : jacervantes@hotmail.com.

They had some really nice tiles and here are just some of those that really caught our eye:

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Look closely and you can see me writing down the prices .

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Prices ( inclusive of GST and a discount that Jerry applied even though we didn’t ask for one – far too early to negotiate yet ) ranged from as low as BZ$3.36 per square foot to BZ$22 per square foot. We particularly liked the Piso Porcelanico at BZ$9.08 per square foot.

We then headed off to Benny’s where we found another good range of tiles to make things even more difficult for ourselves!

We spent as much time though looking at bathroom sinks, faucets ,ovens and fridges.

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The sink that we both like for our bathrooms.

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The toilet we are likely to go for ( or is it go to?) for our respective bathrooms.

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The sink for the Ground Floor self- contained apartment bathroom ?

Is this the fridge we want ?

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And how about this for the oven?

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We left Benny’s for a quick shop in Brodie’s. Got some steak, cheese, sweets ( Christmas treats) and then headed to Creative Tiles.

Again we saw a good selection of tiles that took our eye.

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Running out of time we asked Miguel to run us back to Tropigas so that we could buy our Secret Santa presents . Cannot say what we bought because people who read this may go to the Christmas Lunch.

Enjoyed our trip to Belize City but so pleased to be back and really missed our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

‘Christmas Shopping’ was the first track of the album of the same name by Buck Owens and the Buckaroos which was released in 1968 . This group pioneered what was to become known as the Bakersfield sound.

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