on or retiring to the tropical island of
|Date||Category||Product||Size||Price in Jan. 2011||
|Price in Jan. 2015||
|Price during 2015||Availabilty|
|27-Mar-2015||Alcohol||Beer Polar light||36 returnable||55.00||70.00||94.00||180.00||500||177.8||500||scarce|
|27-Mar-2015||Alcohol||Beer Polar light||295 ml can||3.40||5.50||7.00||12.00||30||150.0||35||ok|
|27-Mar-2015||Alcohol||Rum Cacique||750 ml||37.00||43.00||51.00||120.00||480||300.0||450||ok|
|27-Mar-2015||Alcohol||Rum Carupano 8 yerrs||750 ml||77.60||87.10||107.00||180.00||350||94.4||510||ok|
|14-Mar-2015||Alcohol||Vodka - Finlandia||750 ml||78.49||93.00||121.00||445.00||895||101.1||2020||ok|
|18-Mar-2015||Alcohol||Vodka - Absolut||750 ml||119.68||119.68||140.00||900.00||1000||11.1||1350||scarce|
|27-Mar-2015||Alcohol||Scotch Chivas Regal 18 yrs||750 ml||350.00||380.00||460.00||2080.00||3300||58.7||not available|
|24-Mar-2015||Alcohol||Scotch Dewars White label||750 ml||110.00||118.00||131.00||500.00||1180||136.0||1530||ok|
|4-Feb-2015||Beverage||Orange Juice 100%||1.8 Liters||20.00||30.00||20.09||20.09||58||188.7||not available|
|11-Mar-2015||Beverage||OJ Naranjada 60% orange||1.8 Liters||18.00||28.00||20.09||28.00||58||107.1||72||scarce|
|14-Mar-2015||Beverage||Coffee, Ground||500 grams||9.95||18.72||23.29||37.50||240||540.0||145||scarce|
|11-Mar-2015||Beverage||Lipton Tea Bags||100 bags||48.65||61.70||61.70||61.70||224||263.0||not available|
|27-Mar-2015||Beverage||Milk 2% Long duration||1 liter||7.50||11.25||12.90||24.50||30.20||11.3||90||scarce|
|4-Mar-2015||Beverage||Coca Cola||2 Liters||11.50||15.50||19.00||28.00||62||121.4||75.71||ok|
|8-Feb-2015||Beverage||Mineral Water||5 Liters||13.50||23.00||17.89||17.89||28.04||56.7||38||ok|
|14-Mar-2015||Cheese||Edam / Gouda from Holland||per kg||50.00||60.00||90.00||160.00||490||206.3||590||not available|
|4-Mar-2015||Cleaning||Softener Soflan||1 liter||20.32||23.34||24.50||24.50||24.50||0||not available|
|4-Feb-2015||Fruit||Apples Granny Smith||per kg||21.50||20.95||46.90||156.00||296||89.7||not available|
|26-Feb-2015||Groceries||Bread Whole Wheat||500 grams||15.00||22.50||32.00||47.00||108.06||129.9||125||ok|
|4-Feb-2015||Groceries||Kelloggs Corn Flakes||350 grams||17.21||17.21||45.00||45.00||102||126.7||145||not available|
|11-Feb-2015||Groceries||Olive Oil||1 liter||79.45||79.45||42.50||92.00||3924||4165.2||1130||scarce|
|18-Mar-2015||Groceries||Vegetable Oil||1 liter||4.73||6.54||17.90||37.00||68||83.8||68||ok|
|11-Mar-2015||Groceries||Sugar - white refined||500 grams||2.71||4.89||4.89||4.89||20||309||60||scarce|
|14-Mar-2015||Groceries||Mayonese - Mavesa/Kraft||445 grams||6.00||12.50||14.00||21.00||36.30||72.9||51||scarce|
|14-Mar-2015||Groceries||Ketchup - Heinz||397 grams||4.43||9.26||9.26||13.39||65.00||385.4||30||scarce|
|4-Feb-2015||Groceries||Mustard - French's||397 grams||25.92||21.00||38.48||38.48||312||710.8||450||scarce|
|4-Mar-2015||Meat||Chicken pieces||per kg||13.63||18.87||25.00||41.90||129.90||210.0||200.70||scarce|
|4-Feb-2015||Meat||Chicken Breast w bone||per kg||17.41||48.00||48.00||48.00||83||72.9||not available|
|4-Feb-2015||Meat||Beef - 1st quality||per kg||37.90||65.00||87.90||150.00||449.90||199.9||598||scarce|
|20-Feb-2015||Meat||Beef - minced & 2nd cuts||per kg||17.60||17.60||59.90||99.00||229.90||132.2||409.90||scarce|
|20-Feb-2015||Meat||Pork Chops||per kg||63.00||63.90||74.00||120.00||363.90||203.3||650||ok|
|11-Feb-2015||Meat||Bacon - Oscar Mayer||300 grams||35.00||50.73||58.00||106.00||176||66.0||286||scarce|
|11-Mar-2015||Meat||Tuna in oil||354 gram||18.53||22.66||42.00||42.00||72||71.4||125.94||scarce|
|11-Mar-2015||Meat||Ham - turkey or Chicken||per kg||84.00||84.00||87.00||167.00||340.75||104.0||390||ok|
|18-Mar-2015||Personal||Colgate Toothpaste||133 gram||12.60||13.99||14.73||18.32||18.32||0||35.06||ok|
|4-Feb-2015||Personal||Shampoo Pantene||400 ml||26.92||33.92||25.29||27.70||75||170.8||not available|
|4-Feb-2015||Personal||Antiperspirant - Gillette||100 gram||57.23||57.23||57.23||57.23||57.23||0||not available|
|4-Feb-2015||Personal||Razors - Schick disposible||4 pak||36.96||57.23||57.23||50.27||50.27||0||not available|
|4-Feb-2015||Personal||Shaving Cream - Schick||250 ml||48.30||61.32||61.32||79.27||79.27||0||not available|
|11-Feb-2015||Personal||Toilet Paper||12 pak||33.50||50.00||50.00||50.00||200||300.0||161||scarce|
|24-Mar-2015||Personal||Cigarettes - Belmont||20 pack||18.00||22.00||30.00||45.00||75||66.7||170||ok|
incl HBO, CineMax
|11-Feb-2015||Services||Auto Insurance||Legal Minimum||422.50||422.50||494.00||585.00||696||19.0||828||ok|
|18-Mar-2015||Snacks||Pringles Natural||140 gram||17.50||17.50||33.85||78.00||240||207.7||246||ok|
|11-Dec-2014||Snacks||Pop Corn Act 11 microwave||1 pkg||10.05||13.00||10.91||18.00||94||422.2||not available|
|5-Jan-2015||Snacks||Arturo's Chicken - Jumbo||3 pcs, fries, salad||49.00||68.00||87.00||160.00||315||96.9||ok|
|27-Mar-2015||Snacks||Ice Cubes Johnny||Large bag||16.00||20.00||20.00||45.00||75||66.7||75||ok|
|4-Mar-2015||Vegetables||Green Pepper||per kg||39.90||19.95||57.40||59.50||121||103.4||126.10||ok|
|18-Mar-2015||Vegetables||Lettuce - Romaine||per kg||25.50||23.50||23.50||39.00||72||84.6||58||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$5 per month (1024 Kbps) to US$10 per month (1536 Kbps).
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$5.20 per month with every minute of local time at an extra cost.
Everyone here has a cel
phone - I mean everyone. They are really cheap and can be bought on a pre-pay
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$2 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.
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.
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: Dec. 2013. Mobilnet service now is really bad with poor internet connection & areas of no service.
Would recommend either of the other companies.
Feb. 2015 Mobilnet here in Margarita is considerably better.
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
March, 2015: There are still sporadic outages but they have been short (up to half an hour)
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$20 - $25 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 less than $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 around US$3 per month. (March 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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