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jordan6223
12/5/2011 14:01 EST

Hi there...new here...looking for:
*nice climate..not too warm
*close to beach or sea view
*out of hurricane zone

I'm starting to look around , but won't be retiring till 2015

Probably be coming on a holiday first.

Will be eagerly looking out for replies

Thanks
Ben
Belgium

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Wealthships
12/5/2011 15:12 EST

There really isn't anywhere in Belize that is close to the beach or has a sea view that is technically out of the hurricane zone. Western Belize (Cayo District) is, but it's over 70 miles from the nearest beach. And Orange Walk is away from huricanes, but it is about 45 minutes from the beach.

Also, most of Belize is quite warm and humid for at least 10 months out of the year, area depending, or more. You probably should visit in the July-September months so you can see worst case scenario. If you can tolerate those months, you can tolerate any weather here.

Sharon Hiebing

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FJW
12/5/2011 18:39 EST

Hurricanes occur everywhere in Belize - no escaping them if you live in country. Beach areas that are "gringo friendly" include San Pedro on Ambergris Caye and Placencia. Great idea to visit several times and tour around the country!

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Wealthships
12/5/2011 19:59 EST

I'm sorry, FJW, but that is not entirely true. Hurricanes do not occur inland, like in Cayo. You may get some heavy winds, but you certainly won't face evacuation or extensive damage like the islands and coastal areas. That's why they use Orange Walk and Cayo as evacuation areas when there is a hurricane, because they are safer areas.

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jordan6223
12/6/2011 01:46 EST

FJW
Are there places then that are "gringo"unfriendly?
Also I have heard a little about Ambergris Caye as being one of the most expensive spots in Belize. Is this true?

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jordan6223
12/6/2011 01:49 EST

Thank you Wealthships...I myself would love to live as close to sea as possible but yet near the rainforests too with all its beautiful birds and animals...and my wife just wants to be near the sea, but she has a problem with heat.

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FJW
12/13/2011 09:30 EST

First about hurricanes...you won't get a 'direct hit' in Cayo but flooding after a storm causes lots of damage, roads closed, and problems. Second, when I said 'gringo friendly' I meant there is an expat community in the area which can be really nice. San Pedro is indeed expensive!

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FJW
12/15/2011 15:59 EST

Jordan, If your wife has a problem with heat than Belize may not be the country for you - especially if you want to live near the beach. It is HOT and HUMID in Belize almost all the time unless it's pouring down rain - smile.

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FJW
12/15/2011 15:59 EST

Jordan, If your wife has a problem with heat than Belize may not be the country for you - especially if you want to live near the beach. It is HOT and HUMID in Belize almost all the time unless it's pouring down rain - smile.

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don92649
12/15/2011 21:28 EST

I think you'd be wise exploring the various areas of Belize since it is small enough to hit all in one trip. Maybe 3-4 nights each in Ambergris, Orange Walk, Cayo and Placencia areas. They're all unique and you can see how you might fit in. FJW hit it on the head 'joking' about the weather.

Keep doing your reading and research. Then come visit...ideally during a couple or several different seasons.

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jordan6223
12/19/2011 14:20 EST

FJW
What about mountains-are there mountains in Belize?
I myself love the mountains and a river flowing by.

What about mosquito's in Belize?

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jordan6223
12/19/2011 14:23 EST

Don 92649
It would be very nice to come and explore Belize, that would be the only way to find out more.
When is summer season or is it called the dry season?

Ben

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DIVINGYORKMOM
12/19/2011 14:33 EST

Hi, you definatly need to make a trip down and check it out for yourself. But we bought property in Dreamscapes of Belize if you are intersted in building in a gated community. Check it out. Good luck

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don92649
12/19/2011 18:04 EST

Ben - Summer is the "rainy season" in Belize - usually Jun-Nov, which is also approximately hurricane season for the southwest Atlantic. However, weather anywhere is inconsistent, e.g., it is supposed to be 'dry season' here now and we've had rain off/on the past week or so.

If you just want to visit, then winters are likely to be more pleasant. If you want to see if you would like living here you should come in summer.

Continue to read up on Belize - online and in books - to learn from various sources.

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FJW
12/19/2011 23:00 EST

There are beautiful mountains in Belize...the road from Belmopan to Dangriga has some of the prettiest mountain vistas I've ever seen. San Ignacio in the Cayo district is in the mountains and wonderful.

About mosquitoes...yes, they are everywhere. As are those pesky 'no see ums'. Malaria is rare, dangue is endemic but you have as much risk in the States from West Nile Virus. Unless you are going into the deep rain forest, mlaria meds are NOT needed.

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jordan6223
12/20/2011 02:18 EST

FJW
You are comparing the states with Belize..at least the mosquito's...but we come from Europe..Belgium to be precise.
We have mosquito's here but not many.
Thanks for the info..I will look into the mountainous parts you suggested, they must be somewhat cooler!

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jordan6223
12/20/2011 02:19 EST

Thanks divingyorkmom...I'll check it out.

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akessler
1/24/2012 07:53 EST

I am currently building near Placencia, and am actually here on a 2 week vacation. I have 200 ft of ocean canal and am 1 km from the beach in a gated community. Would love to talk more with you as we are planning on becoming snowbirds in a few years. check out belizelifestyle.com. We have been checking out cave tubing, maya ruins,snorkling, deep sea fishing etc. The people here are amazingly friendly and I and my family have all fallen in love with Belize.

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gilliankirkwood
2/22/2012 15:35 EST

Mosquiotos: I live in Belize city and they aren't too bad, but the sand fleas are there in the garden at night. I stayed in a jungle lodge (guacamillo camp , Davids tours, san ignacio) alongside the mackall (sp) river, last week. Amazingly no Mosquitos because the river is fast flowing and there's no stagnant water. I was impressed.

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