on or retiring to the tropical island of
|Date||Category||Product||Size||Price in Jan. 2011||
|Price in Jan. 2015||Price in Jan. 2016||Price during 2016||Availabilty|
|5-Feb-2016||Alcohol||Beer Polar light||36 returnable||55.00||70.00||94.00||180.00||500||2000||1800||
|30-Jan-2016||Alcohol||Beer Polar light||295 ml can||3.40||5.50||7.00||12.00||30||45||100||scarce|
|28-Jan-2016||Alcohol||Rum Cacique||750 ml||37.00||43.00||51.00||120.00||480||840||ok|
|28-Jan-2016||Alcohol||Rum Carupano 8 years||750 ml||77.60||87.10||107.00||180.00||350||1014||1034||ok|
|28-Jan-2016||Alcohol||Vodka - Finlandia||750 ml||78.49||93.00||121.00||445.00||895||9600||9900||ok|
|28-Jan-2016||Alcohol||Vodka - Absolut||750 ml||119.68||119.68||140.00||900.00||1000||7200||7200||ok|
|5-Jan-2016||Alcohol||Scotch Chivas Regal 18 yrs||750 ml||350.00||380.00||460.00||2080.00||3300||33429||not available|
|25-Sept-2015||Alcohol||Scotch Dewars White label||750 ml||110.00||118.00||131.00||500.00||1180||4500||not avialable|
|25-Sept-2015||Beverage||Orange Juice 100%||1.8 Liters||20.00||30.00||20.09||20.09||58||not available|
|12-Jan-2016||Beverage||OJ Naranjada 60% orange||1.8 Liters||18.00||28.00||20.09||28.00||58||220||not available|
|28-Jan-2016||Beverage||Coffee, Ground||500 grams||9.95||18.72||23.29||37.50||240||900||724||scarce|
|15-Oct-2015||Beverage||Lipton Tea Bags||100 bags||48.65||61.70||61.70||61.70||224||760||not available|
|15-Nov-2015||Beverage||Milk 2% Long duration||1 liter||7.50||11.25||12.90||24.50||30.20||333||black market|
|28-Jan-2016||Beverage||Coca Cola / Pepsi||2 Liters||11.50||15.50||19.00||28.00||62||223.20||320||scarce|
|8-Feb-2015||Beverage||Mineral Water||5 Liters||13.50||23.00||17.89||17.89||28.04||38||not available|
|17-Dec-2015||Cleaning||Softener||1 liter||20.32||23.34||24.50||24.50||24.50||156.94||not available|
|11-Sept-2015||Cleaning||Detergent||5 kg||85.47||104.17||87.70||94.44||400||1350||black market|
|25-Sept-2015||Fruit||Apples||per kg||21.50||20.95||46.90||156.00||296||1250||not available|
|28-Jan-2016||Groceries||Eggs||1 dozen||9.75||13.60||19.60||47.00||144||480||2000||black market|
|25-Nov-2015||Groceries||Corn Flakes||350 grams||17.21||17.21||45.00||45.00||102||1508||imported|
|17-Nov-2015||Groceries||Olive Oil||1 liter||79.45||79.45||42.50||92.00||3924||7280||ok|
|17-Dec-2015||Groceries||Vegetable Oil||1 liter||4.73||6.54||17.90||37.00||68||198||ok|
|11-Mar-2015||Groceries||Sugar - white refined||500 grams||2.71||4.89||4.89||4.89||20||60||scarce|
|20-Jan-2016||Groceries||Rice||1 kg||3.66||5.62||5.62||7.70||45.47||200||280||black market|
|5-Nov-2015||Groceries||Ketchup - Heinz||397 grams||4.43||9.26||9.26||13.39||65.00||986||imported|
|28-Jan-2016||Meat||Chicken pieces||per kg||13.63||18.87||25.00||41.90||129.90||1039.90||1399.90||ok|
|20-Jan-2016||Meat||Chicken Breast w bone||per kg||17.41||48.00||48.00||48.00||83||999.90||1499.90||scarce|
|28-Jan-2016||Meat||Beef - 1st quality||per kg||37.90||65.00||87.90||150.00||449.90||1999.90||2499.90||scarce|
|28-Jan-2016||Meat||Beef - minced & 2nd cuts||per kg||17.60||17.60||59.90||99.00||229.90||1099.90||1649.90||ok|
|5-Feb-2016||Meat||Pork Chops||per kg||63.00||63.90||74.00||120.00||363.90||1229.90||1695||scarce|
|28-Jan-2016||Meat||Bacon - Oscar Mayer||300 grams||35.00||50.73||58.00||106.00||176||976||980||ok|
|5-Nov-2015||Meat||Tuna in oil||354 gram||18.53||22.66||42.00||42.00||72||901.83||scarce|
|28-Jan-2016||Meat||Ham - turkey or Chicken||per kg||84.00||84.00||87.00||167.00||340.75||1430||1990||ok|
|29-July-2015||Personal||Colgate Toothpaste||133 gram||12.60||13.99||14.73||18.32||18.32||35.06||scarce|
|15-Nov-2015||Personal||Shampoo||400 ml||26.92||33.92||25.29||27.70||75||350||black market|
|4-Feb-2015||Personal||Antiperspirant - Gillette||100 gram||57.23||57.23||57.23||57.23||57.23||not available|
|4-Feb-2015||Personal||Razors - Schick disposible||4 pak||36.96||57.23||57.23||50.27||50.27||not available|
|4-Feb-2015||Personal||Shaving Cream - Schick||250 ml||48.30||61.32||61.32||79.27||79.27||not available|
|27-Dec-2015||Personal||Toilet Paper||12 pak||33.50||50.00||50.00||50.00||200||1625||black market|
|28-Jan-2016||Personal||Cigarettes - Belmont||20 pack||18.00||22.00||30.00||45.00||75||300||600||ok|
|11-Feb-2015||Services||Auto Insurance||Legal Minimum||422.50||422.50||494.00||585.00||696||828||ok|
|18-Mar-2015||Snacks||Pringles Natural||140 gram||17.50||17.50||33.85||78.00||240||246||scarce|
|27-Jan-2016||Snacks||Pop Corn microwave||1 pkg||10.05||13.00||10.91||18.00||94||309.55||309.55||scarce|
|28-Jan-2016||Snacks||Arturo's Chicken - Jumbo||3 pcs, fries||49.00||68.00||87.00||160.00||315||1350||1650||ok|
|28-Jan-2016||Snacks||Ice Cubes Johnny||Large bag||16.00||20.00||20.00||45.00||75||300||ok|
|28-Jan-2016||Vegetables||Green Pepper||per kg||39.90||19.95||57.40||59.50||121||942.50||1090.13||ok|
ways this has greatly improved in the years that I have been here.
Certainly telephone service as provided by the main company CANTV including
Internet and Cellular are nothing short of a miracle in change.
Everybody has a digital cellular phone and internet connections are reliable and fast even with a dial-up modem.
In the areas of the Island where it is available DSL service costs from around US$0.50 per month (2mbs) to US$1 per month (10 mbs).
DSL is now generally available in most areas of the island.
See http://www.cantv.com.ve/seccion.asp?pid=1&sid=1377 for the latest rates.
Current costs for normal residential telephone service run about US$1.50 per month.
We are currently connected with 10mbs download DSL from CANTV that costs around US$1 per month. (Dec. 2015)
Everyone here has a cel
phone - I mean everyone.
They are really cheap and can be bought on a pre-pay system
where you buy phone cards and apply the amount to your account.
If you have a local credit card you can also buy one that will be billed monthly.
We recently purchased a S5 and arranged a "Post Pago" plan that costs
around US$0.40 per month and includes 1 gb of net surfing.
Phone cards are available in all sorts of denominations
from Bs.15 right up to Bs.120 or you can do it on-line.
Call costs are very inexpensive.
There is no charge for incoming calls.
In order to activate your
foreign cel phone or handie you would have to visit one of the cel phone
buy a SIM card for your "unlocked" cel to work here. If not you can buy a "throw away".
There are a number of offices in the Sambil Shopping Center that do this.
We just activated (Dec. 2015) a Digitel line for a British couple.
The line cost Bs.800 + Bs.330 per month for a data plan (560 mb) + calls + SMS.
That's around US$0.50 per month
There are three large cel
companies here that control 100% of the market.
The biggest is Mobilnet which is owned by the national phone company CANTV (owned by the government)
- the other is Movistar (formerly Telcel) (owned by Bell South) and a third called Digitel which is growing.
Our experience in dealing
with these companies is that Mobilnet is cheaper in per minute costs
and easier to deal with. Others may not have had the same experiences as we have had.
Since the government took over Mobilnet the service has deteriorated.
Note: Sept. 2015. Mobilnet service now is really bad with poor internet connection & areas of no service.
Would recommend either of the other companies.
Movistar seems to be better than Digitel at least here in Margarita.
All the cel companies are being hampered by the lack of hard currency to get equipment & upgrade service.
Electric in Margarita Island - Fall 2014
Due to 16 years of neglect
& no investment the Venezuelan electrical & water systems are on the point
Here in Margarita we have
sufficient electricity for normal times outside of national holidays
July 2011. We have had
intermitent rationing with cuts of
Sept. 2011 - Now with the summer vacation period over the service has returned to normalcy.
August / September 2012 - The whole Island has been suffering from numerous cuts due to rationing on the part of the electric company, Corpolec. Cuts usually last 1½ hours & happen 2 to 3 times a week.
December, 2012: There have been fewer cuts during the Christmas vacation period.
September 2013: We have been getting
intermittent outages here on the island
March, 2014 Electrical service is more or less stabilized in the last few months.
August / September / October / November 2014: Almost daily outages
from 30 minutes to 2 hours
September, 2015: There are still sporadic outages but they have been short (under a half an hour)
October, 2015: The problems have started
January, 2015: Lately it's been relatively stable in our area.
is by a company called Corpolec which is now owned by the
and the paying of the monthly bill and dealing with problems continue to be the dread of all who live here.
Long payment lines and insensitive service reps continue to be a major problem.
I use between 1500 - 2200 kw per month at costs running between US$2 - $5 monthly.
The more power you use the higher the kWh charge is.
Garbage pick-up is also charged now on your electric bill.
Mine runs around $2.00 per month and is based on electrical usage - use less, pay less.
water service is the worst run company in the country.
HidroCaribe is still a government entity and is totally inefficient and difficult in the extreme to deal with.
I have been receiving monthly bills for more than 7 years for one connection that was closed
and more monthly bills for a connection that doesn't exist.
Many visits and letters have been unable to resolve the problems as no one seems to have the power
(or wants to accept the responsibility) to correct the errors.
You are always best to buy a property or business that already
has water service installed & working that is being billed correctly.
We pay under US$1 per month. (November, 2015)
If you need some time to find a
rental place I can recommend my vacation property
as an affordable & comfortable place to stay for a couple of weeks / months
while you are looking around and getting oriented.
Have a look at Margarita Tropical Villa (Casa Trudel Bed & Breakfast) which offers
rooms with private baths, A/C, DirecTV LA, pool, fridge, microwave and king size beds.
The property is close to Margarita Island's most popular tourist area and beach, Playa El Agua .
You can just send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Climate, Property, Exchange, Business & Working
Food Prices, Utilities, Phone, Internet
Language, Banking, Help, Security, Political
Schools, Hospitals, Doctors, Car Buying, Insurance
Margarita Tropical Villa
Bed & Breakfast
Diving, Snorkeling, Fishing,
Horseback Riding, Golf