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buckiboa replied to the thread When is the best time to move? on the Belize forum on November 21, 2014:
kec1958 initially posted:
I am planning to move to Belize, never made trip there, but Ive moved halfway across America to new place without ever seeing it before. Living in regular US housing now, but lived very rustic (no plumbing, limited electricity, wood heat/cooking) until this month (nov. 2014) familiar with living on land. When is the best time to move? Im hoping a trip in april i can find housing in the 42 day limit. My retirement check is all i got so im saving up. Any advice would help. I know a prelim trip may be necessary, but id rather not.
buckiboa replied 11 hours ago with:
YVW. You can send me a PM if you want to tell me which Ned you are looking for.
sheilaca replied 13 hours ago with:
Thanks very much, buckiboa, for the meds answers!!
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buckiboa replied to the thread scaredy cat on the Belize forum on November 21, 2014:
joyinthemorning initially posted:
Hello from the states. I have been drawn to Belize for several reasons....cost of living, english speaking, unspoiled land. My concerns are about the (undisclosed) crime and whatever else might go along with a 'third world' govt. ...Not that the U.S. has a better govt....ha! ...but to make a permanent move on a retirement income is more than a little adventure. Would absolutely love conversation regarding this topic and perhaps others of like situation. Appreciate your time and experience! Joyfull
buckiboa replied 13 hours ago with:
Good for you. Not everyone is that lucky or I guess in some instances, ignorance is bliss.
joyinthemorning replied on November 20, 2014 with:
we havent been to a medical doctor in 30 years! ...and are much healthier for it. More education and back to the land help you live longer : )
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sheilaca replied to the thread Building loan from Belize Bank on the Belize forum:
phill333 initially posted:
Has anyone used this bank or know about typical loans to build a home from banks within Belize? ATLANTIC INTERNATIONAL BANK LTD. BELIZE CITY, BELIZE C.A. A/C NO. 1901-7600-05 SWIFT: AIBLBZBZ We are curious to know if a 7 year loan is typical with a balloon payment due at the end of the loan. The bank officer told us that typically the bank will refinance the balloon payment due for another 3 to 4 years after the 7 years, w/out a problem if payments are consistently paid on time. Also, the rate is not locked on the loan...we would like input as from individuals who have borrowed from a Belize bank for a building loan before we proceed with our plans. Thanks.
sheilaca replied on November 20, 2014 with:
We have a loan with Atlantic Bank International at 9.75% for 5 years. No balloon payment. Took around 8 weeks and huge amount of paperwork before being approved. Our bank in the states would not accept collateral in Belize.
bobbyveee replied on November 16, 2014 with:
So the moral of this story/thread is If you need a loan, see Melissajane !!!!
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buckiboa replied to the thread Moving Anyone? on the Belize forum on November 18, 2014:
dalan520 initially posted:
interested in communicating with some one who moved to Belize from U.S. or someone who will be getting ready to!
buckiboa replied on November 18, 2014 with:
Plenty of people will respond if you ask specific questions. We are from the states. What do you want to know?
bobbyveee replied on November 18, 2014 with:
Its more usual to ask questions on the forum than asking people to contact you. Im sure people will respond if you ask relevant ???'s
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bobbyveee replied to the thread Sailing in Belize on the Belize forum on November 17, 2014:
Melissajane initially posted:
New thread... Sailing to Belize - there are lots of cruisers travelling to/from Mexico or Guatemala - easy legs to travel. From the Eastern Caribbean it is around a 10 day sail, depending on conditions of course. If you intend your boat to stay permanently in Belize it has to be imported into the country, and duty paid of around 30% of the value of the boat. If you are entering as a qrp, the boat is duty free, but you still need a customs broker to get the boat licenced with customs and Belize Port Authority. Sailing outside the barrier reef either down the coast or out to the atolls is blue water sailing - ocean swells and deep water. Inside the atolls is extremely shallow - you can get through, but motoring with someone on the bow on watch rather than enjoyable cruising. Sailing inside the barrier reef - depends where you are. Ambergris Cay/Cay Caulker/Cay Chapel area is very shallow - less than 10ft in many places - and you are constantly having to dodge the coral heads. From Belize City south the barrier reef extends away from the mainland, with almost nothing to hit in between, so the sail inside from Belize City to Placencia is easy. Around the barrier reef and cays you need a sharp look out for shallows and reef. The gps/navionics programs are not foolproof - do not sail by instruments only! There is a Belize Cruising guide by Freyer (cant remember the full name) that includes hand drawn maps and anchorages that is more accurate than the Admiralty charts. Around Placencia the waters are shallow, with most boats anchoring behind Placencia Cay, or in one of the marinas up the lagoon where it is more protected. In the case of hurricanes, boats either pull into the mangroves, or head to Rio Dulce, Guatemala. Im sure there's a lot more I can add, but this is a good starting point.
bobbyveee replied on November 17, 2014 with:
Hi Olorin. You need to check out the new Dive school st lucia , being set up under the guidance of the world famous London dive school , its just coming to completion in Rodney bay, its very impressive, diving is big business here in St L
Olorin replied on November 16, 2014 with:
Thanks for the thoughts and comments. I've been to AC (but not Placencia) and been to several Carribean islands (but not STL--but given BobVee'sgood comments about it, it is on the list to visit soon). We are trying to figure out a place to retire (or at least spend time) in the next few years. Placencia has been high on the list (haven't been there yet, but just like Belize and was interested in sailing possibilities there). And I love diving. If it was just about sailing, Carribean islands would be on the top of the list. Just trying to get good on the ground intelligence from folks like you guys (which is extremely helpful).
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Melissajane replied to the thread Buying a Hotel on the Belize forum:
Olorin initially posted:
My wife and I, together with another couple from the US, are considering moving abroad at some point in the future, and toying with the idea of looking at a boutique hotel to purchase. Not for the income (we would be able to retire without needing income from the country we move to) so much as a way to get involved in the locale and the folks and expats living there. Have been following the Belize, Costa Rica, and Saint Lucia boards (because that is the kind of place we would like to move to), to educate ourselves on opnions from everyone of the pros and cons of these various locations. Would appreciate any advice of how to approach looking at real estate purchases of this type, and specific places folks recommend. Our basic parameters are wanting to be on the beach, not isolated and somewhat close to a city and airport. AC, and Placencia seem interesting in Belize, Costa Rica seems to have a lot of options, and Saint Lucia almost everywhere is close to the beach. As a first time post to the forum would love to hear what folks think.
Melissajane replied on November 16, 2014 with:
SAILING - I have started a new thread for this topic.
dwake replied on November 15, 2014 with:
Sailing is great in Belize, both inside the Barrier Reef and outside but inside is better with a shallow draft/swing keel. My boat draws 3.5' with the keel up and is ok but 2' would be great for gunkholing in Belize which is probably the gunkholing capital of the world. Belize is easily accessable from the rest of the world if you know what you are doing. dwake
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Melissajane replied to the thread Snowing and 32 degrees here in West Virginia USA on the Belize forum on November 14, 2014:
Jlsunspot initially posted:
How are you all feeling today and what is the weather like today? Hope this will be my last winter here. Working on plans to come visit you all and get my feet warm. :)
Melissajane replied on November 14, 2014 with:
82, breezy and sunny here in Placencia. Just had shrimp panang curry sitting on the beach. No complaints !
buckiboa replied on November 14, 2014 with:
Right now it is 77 degrees in Corozal and sunny! I was born in West Virginia and it is a beautiful place but I wouldn't want to live there! Brrr!
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ezeebe replied to the thread ? for BobbyV - Why do you like STL better than Belize? on the Belize forum on November 14, 2014:
Jlsunspot initially posted:
BobbyV - Can you list why you like STL better than Belize?
ezeebe replied on November 15, 2014 with:
just answer the question Bobby why do you? such a simple question hope you can supply the answer honestly
bobbyveee replied on November 14, 2014 with:
Yes, but ask me on the St Lucia forum
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