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melvilles replied to the thread Cayo district off grid advice? on the Belize forum on April 21, 2014:
Adrian93 initially posted:
Hi! Im 30 and want to move to the cayo district in belize. I want to live off the grid, and im willing to build my own structures. I have experience in off grid living. Anyone done this? Advice? Anecdotes, etc would be awesome!
melvilles replied 6 hours ago with:
Are there developments with larger lots -- 1 acre to 5 acres in the cayo district?
jtinker101 replied on April 18, 2014 with:
Will make it a point to come visit in feb. jT
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lorreann replied to the thread Buying property/land on the Belize forum:
chinito1984 initially posted:
I am coming to San Pedro in a couple of weeks time to look at purchasing either something already to go or some land to build on a little later. I have been told to get a lawyer to handle the sale and hold the deposit. Does anyone have advice on how to bring the deposit i.e. cashiers check . Would I be able to open a bank account and leave the money in it if I don't find anything to buy this trip?
lorreann replied 6 hours ago with:
Bobby Vee Can you tell me a little about your bungalow?
BGarter replied on April 17, 2014 with:
We recently bought a condo on San Pedro using a local real estate agent and the closing office he is affiliated with and all went pretty smoothly. There were minor problems but the closing office was outstanding in helping us get it all done. I cannot recommend the agent but the closing office was top notch. We utilized wire transfers from the states but also opened a bank account on the island. PM me if you want more info and I will try to answers your questions
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buckiboa replied to the thread USD$2000 - Realistic? on the Belize forum:
Tallyho initially posted:
USD2000 is the requirement for the visa. Is that a realistic amount for a couple to live "reasonably" in Belize? We are definitely not looking for the beach front condo environment, but do not want to end up in a small one room shack eating rice and beans 24/7. I have found many articles about the C.O.L. in Belize but they range from really expensive to the ridiculously cheap. What type of life style is realistic on a $2000 budget? Definitely looking at rental. The housing crash and kids college in the US successfully ate all my capital :)
buckiboa replied on April 20, 2014 with:
My best advice would be to come to Corozal and stay at least a week and see what it is like. Talk to expats who live here. You will find us everywhere, then try to make your decision. Do we get bored? No, but we are not party people. We like chilling out at home reading or visiting with friends, or, just watching TV. Belize, especially Corozal, is not for everyone.
lorreann replied on April 20, 2014 with:
We too are looking at Corozal. I have two questions: 1) Do you feel isolated or bored living there? and 2) Are you familiar with Orchid Bay, which is a community development we are looking at in Corozal? Would we find better prices renting or buying a house from an individual owner versus buying into a community development?
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inplub replied to the thread moving on the Belize forum on April 19, 2014:
ezeebe initially posted:
Hi My wife and i are planning to move to Belize this year , whats the best area to settle down? we do not want to live in the city can any one give some advice where it we be appreciate to settle.
inplub replied on April 19, 2014 with:
While we were planning to move here, I came a few times to check out different places in Belize. I settled for San Pedro, as we wanted to open a small Thai Restaurant. You should come first and rent, look, listen and learn. Some love it here and some do not.
bobbyveee replied on April 19, 2014 with:
Do on line research and use Ambergris Caye forum. Come visit is best way
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bobbyveee replied to the thread Low cost re-entry on the Belize forum on April 19, 2014:
JayTea initially posted:
I'm planning a vacation. If I decide to stay more than 30 days, do I need to leave and re-enter? If so, what is best. I live in USA.
bobbyveee replied on April 19, 2014 with:
get onto ambergris caye forum, it covers everything. Best still come have a look
JayTea replied on April 18, 2014 with:
Thank you for the reply. I have been reading more on this site.
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bobbyveee replied to the thread Dental work prices on the Belize forum on April 19, 2014:
JayTea initially posted:
I'm planning on a vacation. Is dental work there inexpensive?
bobbyveee replied on April 19, 2014 with:
pulling teeth and dental work are miles apart , I hope. There are some good dental practices around, even a US one on AC . I would go on AC Forum and ask
Danc replied on April 19, 2014 with:
My friend had two wisdom teeth pulled at Shipyard and it cost $60.00 US said they did a great job.
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apg3473 replied to the thread Security and Crimes on the Belize forum on April 18, 2014:
apg3473 initially posted:
Ive been Involved in the emergency response and management community for many years now even having taught professionals from South America. The question I have is about security and crime personal and property. I am aware most expats congregate around in a certain areas forming a small community of expats. These areas tend to be somewhat crime free and safe and secure with little to now problems other than some petty criminal activities. I am not the type of individual who can live in an apartment or condo, I need my distance. I like having several dogs and cats and room for them to run. My question what are the areas like away from the central expat communities? are there areas where and expat can rent/lease/purchase a house and be away from the inner city. I know in most areas the more rural you get the more chance of encountering violent crimes. How true is that for the area. I receive reports about violent crimes and murder rates per 100k and Belize is up there at 41.4 people per. Most of the South American countries run 20-40 per 100k Depending on the country and travel areas within is Kidnapping for profit still a big problem. I know a lot of places recommended kidnap insurance when traveling to many South American Countries. If anyone out there is involved in security or has the information regarding this subject let me know. I would like to live and experience South America but can't stand the city life or coastal life. I.m looking for the suburbs type setting i guess you would call it. We have always lived on at least 3 acres something like that or an compound type setting with high walls so the animals do bother anyone
apg3473 replied on April 18, 2014 with:
pilot valley just outside wendover exit 394 I-80
Danc replied on April 18, 2014 with:
Sounds like lovelock nv. I am by frenchman lake on 50 acres but have a place in Belize . I want to make the move in the next year.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Living in Ambergris Caye, Belize
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
It is really easy to meet people on Ambergris Caye. Here are just a few ideas of where we regularly socialize.

Anything outdoor and health oriented is great on the island. My husband and I built the San Pedro Fitness Club, so I go there most days. Ladies tend to enjoy the water fitness classes, in particular, since it is both exercise and social time. But there are sailing groups, plenty of scuba and snorkeling opportunities, places that specialize in sailing or kayaking, and fishing groups and competitions.

There are now also several yoga schools where you will meet health oriented people. So for those of us who like to balance healthy activities with a little indulgence, it is easy to do here...

For those who enjoy live music, there are a variety of places where people hang out and listen to local bands, all for free. Beach bars include Crazy Canucks, BCs, and Fidos, all near town. On the north side, Legends often has good music. We love to dance to a live band on the beach, cooled by a sea breeze!

Sunday afternoon lunch is a time when everyone goes out for beach BBQ and to socialize. Popular places include Caribbean Villas (they have plenty of water toys), Crazy Canucks, BCs, and the Palapa Bar (up north).

We go to Wine de Vine on Friday nights. This is a "smoke free" environment where many expats, business owners and tourists drop in for a nice glass of wine, and a cheese platter.

There are regular festivals and fund raiser events that many expats attend. It is a great way to socialize and also donate to a good cause.

There are more volunteer organizations than I can mention. Many expats join both to contribute, and to meet people. The most popular are the Saga Society (which is the local Humane Society), the churches, Lion's Club, and various school organizations.

Some groups get together to play cards such as bridge. And many of us get together for group dinners. Sometimes we meet a favorite restaurant. Other times we enjoy a pot luck with friends. (Continue)

bobbyveee replied most recently with:
I wouldn't recommend starting a biz. here. theres a saying if you want to make a million, bring two. Internet is very slow and theres been 9 power outages over the last few wks. Crime is getting out of hand. Corruption is rife, all very sad. My fiancé has lived on AC for 15 yrs, Weve just left , Great for vacation, but think long and hard before wanting to live here
zakzakeri replied recently with:
Thanks for the information. Would you recommend this island to an expat with a 12 year old boy who is in 6Th grade. Please comment.
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bobbyveee replied to the thread disabled on the Belize forum on April 18, 2014:
lew initially posted:
Is there a place in Belize for a wheelchair person. Close to the market and store
bobbyveee replied on April 18, 2014 with:
Belize isn't overly disabled friendly, they just don't have the resources. I most certainly wouldn't recommend getting around anywhere in a wheelchair in Belize.
bobbyveee replied on April 18, 2014 with:
Belize isn't overly disabled friendly, they just don't have the resources. I most certainly wouldn't recommend getting around anywhere in a wheelchair in Belize.
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rholmes99 posted Travel Partner wanted or Tour Guide on the Belize forum on April 16, 2014:
Hi, expats: My name is Robin, 51yo female who wants to travel to Abergris Caye. I have never traveled abroad alone and am looking to meet up with some expats upon my arrival and make friends online. I would like to vacation in the next few months. I am interested in this area to retire and eventually buy property. Don't want to go it alone..I welcome any feedback or experiences you have in Belize.
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