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Colo Cruise Gal 1963 January 11th, 2007 06:41 PM

Belize City & Nat'l Handicraft market
Has anyone shopped at the Nat'l Handicraft mkt in Belize city?
How were the prices compared to the shops in the tourist village?
When we were last in Belize city, seems like things were a little pricer than elsewhere and they wouldn't "haggle" the price for the most part.
Thanks in advance for any comments! :D

buffetfan2004 January 13th, 2007 05:25 PM

comment on my recommendation
I too read about handicraft market and planned on going to it April 2006. However our tour to ruins was an hour longer than planned (guide forgot about daylight savings). We did have time at dock to do those vendor stalls and prices seemed to be set and much higher being a captive market of tourists.

We did the biking in Belize tour thru carnival (Highly recommend- easy if you can bike at all, nice narrative tour on coach a/c bus, Altun Ha ruins, group lunch etc.
At the Altun Ha ruins are vendor stalls that had much better pricing a bowl say for $15-20 vs. $32. We were rushed and had literally only 5 minutes to shop (a shame).
If you go ruins shop there -skip the tour climb to the top and head for shopping.
any other questions on tour etc. just ask.

Colo Cruise Gal 1963 January 13th, 2007 05:48 PM

We've only scheduled a 3 hour excursion in Progresso in order to have time to shop there.
Thanks for the info on Altun Ha and Progresso! :D

Warbler January 14th, 2007 07:12 PM

Hi CruiseMates,

The national handicraft center is just around the corner from the Belize Tourism Village where the tenders dock, and it was put together by the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The center is stocked to the gills (pardon the expression - we like fish!!!) with and extremely large and incredibly beautiful array of handicraft items from $1 to $1,700.00 (solid carved special wooden doors!!) which are the products of over 600 artisans from around Belize. And YES, you can bargain for a better price. They will package a splendid "different woods" beautiful relaxing chair which can easily be taken on board, or arrange to ship a larger item to you. We feel the prices here are very competitive with the stuff you will find inside and outside the tourism village at the flea markets on the streetsides, for instance. And the handicraft center takes cash, TCs or credit cards. (In Belize credit cards carry a bank charge - so watch that). We feel that buying there really helps Belizean producers from other parts of Belize who ordinarily would not make it to Belize City on cruise ship days, so that is a boost to their family businesses. Happy shopping!!

Colo Cruise Gal 1963 January 15th, 2007 07:41 PM

Thanks for the reply Warbler! We will be going to the market now!

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