Is it cheaper to buy duty free or on the way to the water taxi? Or is alcohol cheap on the island too? I’m talking rum and vodka mainly. Thanks!!
Vodka will be cheaper at duty free. Unless you’re talking about really good sipping rum, decent rum is available for cheap all over the island.
I buy local brands of liquor at grocery stores. I'm not a rum drinker, so won't make any recommendations -- best to do your own sampling -- I'm sure you'll find a good one. The vodka isn't as good as some imported brands, but it's OK for mixed drinks.
On the mainland, the cheap locally made brands (eg. Traveller's Liquors) cost about BZ$22 to $30 per bottle of approx. 1 litre (maybe a few $ more on CC?). Imported brands can be twice that price. I don't know about duty-free prices.Edited: 02 October 2018, 20:33
I didn’t feel the prices at the duty free were worth the effort. I bought alcohol on the island. I found the 5 barrel rum to be much better than the 1 barrel rum. You might want to consider the duty free for a bottle of vodka at least.
Can wine be purchased on the island for reasonable prices?
Wine? Good wine? No. Go see Josh at the Dreaded Grape. He’s got good wine but not cheap.
Belize has huge duty's on alcohol not produced in Belize, ex: wine, vodka, bourbon, etc., etc. Hence, it's best to drink Belizean produced beer & rum. Are they some of the world’s best, however still very good.
The wine on the island is expensive. We turned out really loving Belikin Beer. We would get it by the case at cheaper rates. At happy hour most places it’s under $2 per bottle. We drank it and got the 5 Barrel rum and mixed it with fresh fruit juice blends and also add coconut rum too.