“Wasted Days and Wasted Nights” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Up at around 04.00 hours yesterday morning and managed to spend a bit of time on the veranda before the rain started and I had to move inside.

It didn’t last too long though and I was able to complete yesterday’s edition in the fresh breeze that followed the rain.

With the edition out of the way I started ‘work’ on the clean-up/packing that we have to go through before moving from the condo we have been renting during our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize. I must have been making a bit too much noise (or just enough noise, if you know what I mean!) because it wasn’t long before Rose joined me and then it was a case of ‘many hands make light work’!

After showering, shaving and dressing I had time for a late breakfast before Rose took me to the Maya Island Air terminal to catch the 12.00 hour flight to Belize City’s Municipal Airport. Maya is running a promotional offer during the month of October and my single ticket cost me BZ$63 in stead of the usual BZ$89.

We landed shortly after 12.30 hours – after dropping off three passengers at the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport – and within ten minutes Jose Gomez of Belize Logistics Services Limited collected me and we went straight to the Customs Department to obtain permission to move the two crates of personal stuff that we had shipped from the UK.


Customs Department building

We started off at the Cashier’s to locate the consignment


and then went from corridor to corridor, to empty office after empty office (well it was lunch time)


until we found a Custom’s official who had authority to sign off the paperwork.

With the paperwork signed we headed across the road to the warehouse where I found out that there was an invoice for the sum of BZ$ 143.50 to be paid (storage and loading charges) to the Port of Belize Limited before the consignment would be released. I tried- aimlessly- to argue that the invoice value was incorrect but ultimately I paid the price. I wanted our stuff!

We were then allowed in to the warehouse where we quite quickly found our crates



We now had to get them moved to the Krystal Shipping barge and after what seemed an age (probably because it was) the crates were loaded on to a lorry (truck for non UK readers).


Small crate on.


Large crate exiting the warehouse on a forklift.


Large crate loaded.


And we’re off!

Straight to Krystal Shipping’s barge where we sat and we sat waiting for a forklift to unload the crates. The time was getting closer and closer to 17.00 hours, four hours after arriving at the Port, and I was starting to get worried that I would miss the last flight of the day (17.30 hours) back to Ambergris Caye. Jose though came to the rescue when he managed to persuade Caribbean Depot and Shipping Services ( a rival barge operator) to use their forklift.


Large crate off the truck.


And on to the barge.


Small crate on its way to the barge.

With the crates safely loaded Jose displayed Formula 1 type skills to get me to the Municipal Airport with five minutes to spare.

The barge will leave Belize City some time today and we should (fingers crossed) get our stuff delivered to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize tomorrow.

At long last this saga appears to be coming to an end and I am mightily relieved because it seems like I have wasted days and wasted nights on what should have been a relatively simple matter.

Rose was waiting for me when the plane landed around 17.50 hours and we decided to head north and see what had been done during the day at our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

As we approached the house we saw that quite a few of the lights were on. What were the security guards doing? As we drew closer though we just knew that Moses was installing the internal stairs so we made our way up to the First Floor to find that our assumption was correct.


Stringer for the second flight being presented to the wall.



Moses making a few adjustments before presenting the stringer again.


Hopefully it will fit this time.

Before leaving the guys to finish the stairs we took the opportunity to try out the lighting on the First Floor veranda because we had never been at the house after dark.


Northern side veranda.


Western (lagoon) side veranda.

When leaving we also got to see how the lights in front of the Ground Floor self-contained apartment work.


It’s dark up north!

The headline for today’s edition is based on the single released in 1975 by Freddy Fender which reached number eight in the US Billboard Hot 100 and number one in the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. Interestingly Fender originally released the song as a single in 1959.


  1. kristina nadreau says:

    Congratulations on surviving your encounter with Customs, without tantrums and unkind remarks. Customs & Immigration provide a significant source of income for the country and the employees. There are often unexpected “fees” and costs. When our things came from Miami, I was ready to go to the port and point out that I could ship my things back to Miami, for less cost, than paying the fees to bring them here. I was also prepared to suggest unpleasant sexual acts. My calm & patient husband prevailed and kept me away from the officials and our broker. The process of bringing in used bed linens & tchotkes requires a willingness to spend money plus the patience of Job.

    Your house is exciting. I really am enjoying the daily progress. Thank you for sharing this experience with us.

    1. I got frustrated (and probably very annoyed) but getting angry wasn’t going to move things and quicker. Likelihood was that things would move slower so best to keep calm. Just like your husband.

  2. footballbat says:

    Stairs! Lights! Crates! Seems like a downhill run now John. Good luck.

  3. Wow, what a day! The stairway looks terrific but admit it John, you’ve grown fond of swinging up to the top floor on those “monkey bars.”
    Everything is so close, we can feel yours and Rose’s excitement. See you in February!

    1. Probably miss the scaffold a bit Bob. But not for long. What scaffold ?

  4. Kat George says:

    Are you going to have to put in a street light yourself? It does look pretty dark.

    1. Don’t think so Kat. The golf cart headlights give off enough light to ‘find’ our way home.

  5. robert says:

    Hi John. Glad you were eventually able to put this ‘fiasco’ finally to bed !!! Did you fly Tropic back? i was on the 17.50 Maya, with my 10 yr B1/B2 visa in my passport , Big relief.
    Hope all goes well in your final run up to completion, See you on our return in Dec.

    1. Hi Robert. Yes, I got the last Tropic Air flight back. The discounted price on Maya stops with the 14.30 flight from the Municipal Airport ( the reductions only apply on flights between 09.00 to 15.00 hours).

      Now just have to make sure that Krystal Shipping delivers our stuff to the house. Going to see them very shortly to make sure that Rose and I are there when they open up the big crate.

      After yesterday’s experience with a part load I have decided to ‘go’ for a container for the stuff we are going to ship from Miami.

      Pleased that your trip was successful.

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