Friday October 25, 2013
What $4 can buy at the market in Rio Dulce
This is actually a continuation or a tribute to a post my friend Genevieve wrote on her own blog, where she tallies the cost of living where her and her family are spending their hurricane season in Luperon, Dominican Republic. I thought it was a great idea to give other cruisers an idea of what the cost of living in one certain area is like, and with her permission, she’s letting me basically copy her post on my own site, just switching the location to Rio Dulce, Guatemala.
As she states on her site, the monthly cost of living in any one area will vary from person to person based on what you want to focus your spending on. For ourselves, I’d say our budget here gets broken into the categories of living in a marina, buying necessary odds and ends for the boat, and most important, food. Which is where I’ll be putting most of the emphasis on in my list below.
I have converted all prices to the US dollar by using the conversion rate of 7.82 Quetzal to 1 Dollar.
Coca-cola – $1.25
Beer – $1.50
Meal – $7.00
Gallon of milk – $3.84
Loaf of sandwich bread – $1.53
Full boneless/skinless chicken breast – $3.20
1 lb of ground beef – $3.40
Dozen eggs – $2.81
Generic cereal – $2.30
Can of corn – $1.15
Ramen noodles – $0.32
2.5 L of Coke – $2.43
3.3 L of Pepsi – $1.60 (I guess they favor Pepsi here. Me too.)
24 pk of Gallo (domestic premium) beer – $19.18
24 pk of Bravah (domestic) beer – $10.23
Liter of wine – $3.20-$5.12
Bottle of Gato Negro – $6.40
Bottle of Bacardi Gold rum – $7.70
Pack of cigarettes – $3.20 (don’t worry, it’s not me that’s smoking)
Off Skintastic – $5.12
30 day 10 gig data plan (Tigo) – $38.36 Initial purchase of card – $6.40
1 lb of propane – $1.25
Gallon of diesel – $4.60
Gallon of gasoline – $4.48
Monthly slip at a marina – $220
*Entrance into the country with a 90 day cruising permit – $155
*Extending to a 12 month cruising permit – $250
*Exit paperwork from Guatemala – $70
* – All using the help of a local customs/immigration agent.
I hope this information helps any of you that are thinking of using Rio Dulce as a hurricane hole. It really is a wonderful place to stay. The cost of living is very cheap and the locals here are extremely friendly. Staying at the Tortugal Marina we’ve had nothing but smiles and genuine care from the staff at the marina and they are there to assist you right away if you need anything. I have to admit, cruisers themselves have been a little cliquey in this area, usually just staying with the people in their own marina, but luckily for us, we’ve found a great group of people at our marina that have made this an amazing summer and fall and a wonderful place for us to wait out the season before we can continue cruising again.