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Update History

February 2018: Clearance and docking updates from Brian Simm. Marina information expanded with information from marina websites.
November 2017: Placencia marina information added from article in Belize News. Marina have been contacted for more details.
Decmeber 2015: New boatyard information from Alfred Orrbeck.
September 2012: Clearance & Docking updates from Karl Fix.

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Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Mar 06, 2018 08:09 PM

Reported by Brian Simm:

After 30 days in Belize you need to extend or sign out. For those heading south the possible check outs are Big Creek from Placencia or Punta Gorda. The latter is a rolly anchorage in the trade winds and so we chose to stay in the popular sheltered anchorage of Placencia town.

You can not now take a boat or dinghy to the port of Big Creek, you will be turned away by security so: -
- water taxi to Mango creek $US 12 return for 2.
- taxi to take you round the offices $US 12.50
- immigration, environment charge $US 7.50 for 2 and boarding charge ( without leaving office) $US 45.00.
- port office to check that you are up to date with your daily fee.
- Customs for Zarpe, 24 hours to leave.
All painless but allow 3 hours or so, best time is 10.00AM water taxi and back for lunch.

Placencia and the southern islands are popular with the large cruising community who keep their boats up the Ria Dulce in Guatamala. Estimate is c. 1000 yachts in area.

Brian Simm
Scraatch, 56 ft Sundeer.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Apr 14, 2016 09:11 PM

Reported 23 March, 2016 by CSSN:
Three men in a dinghy attempted to take our dinghy at around 2:00 AM. They cut the two lines that secured our dinghy to our boat. They must not have seen the cable and lock which made their attempt unsuccessful.

daytripper
daytripper says:
Aug 26, 2015 06:59 PM

When clearing in or out, you will be asked the time you are departing or arrived. be sure to give them a time within business hours otherwise they will charge you an overtime fee - even though you're in their office during business hours. i.e. don't say you're leaving at dawn; say you're leaving at 9:00a.m.. and you can check out a day in advance if you ask nicely.

ozdigennaro
ozdigennaro says:
Apr 29, 2015 02:37 PM

Placencia is a charming little village. Good supermarket and great restaurants.

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