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Mike McCoy

I hear ya... It cost me more just to pass thru FL for 3 weeks than it's cost me to live in Guatemala for 3 months. Seriously.

FYI, this is where I'm staying now for $150/mo (+ .35 per KWH for power):


I think I remember paying Guatemala immigration about $20 US for the 1st 3 mos. They musta been able to tell I was a new gringo in town because I just had somebody renew it for me for $20 but 1/3 went to him for doing it for me.

My 'Boat papers' (customs, health, port captain)were about $75 for 1st 3 mos. Then it's about $100 for a 9 mo extension (mine is expired and needs to be renewed). Again, you don't actually have to do it yourself. Lots of people around to do it for you (for a fee). Then the extensions are yearly for $150 per year. Pretty informal and no problem staying as long as you want (Guatemala likes gringo dollars).

Belize was the cheapest to check into (zip, but $3.50 US to check out) but the most expensive to stay (gas $9/gal, Diesel $4.50, expensive food, ice,water etc.)

Mexico (Isla Majures) was the next cheapest. It cost me $78 (incl agent fee) for Immigration, customs, agriculture, health, etc. and the same to check out. That isn't the case everywhere in Mexico. I hear NOT to check in/out of Mexico at Puerto Morelos or Xcalak and ESPECIALLY not Cozumel. Too much mordida required in those prots.

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