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8mrsolo
9/10/2017 08:12 EST

I will be vacationing in belize in November, i would like to move there but i want to get a feel for the place. Im reading all your past threads about working, lving, crime, health care, food, unpaved road, bugs, corruption, and several others topics, seems like there are about 4-5 strong posters on this forum.
Im a 28 yr old male from texas, i too am tired of the never ending rat race, all i want to do is read, garden, and play some acoustic covers.
How likely is it that i could live comfortably in belize on an average income of 2k?
Which district is suitable for someone under 30?

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katzgar
9/10/2017 09:39 EST

If you can move to Belize with an income of 2 Grand a month you will do just fine but you won't be living high off the hog. San Pedro is pretty much the center of expating and tourism in Belize so is probably the most popular location but is also rather expensive. Southern Belize is substantially better than Northern Belize and Northern Belize allows quicker access to health care and shopping in Mexico. Any Beach area will be more expensive and Inland areas will be quite inexpensive. Internet is available across much of Belize but 4G will be shortly available in San Pedro if it isn't available already.

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5dral1
9/10/2017 12:59 EST

Each district had its own character and thus attracts different characters
Ambergris Caye is crowded and touristy and attracts party animals, drinkers and the rich and shameless.
Toledo is best suited to those who like a high humidex and a rustic jungle life.
Cayo is for granola crunching tree huggers who are hardy enough to raise mushrooms and hogs whike fending off machete wielding Guatemalan border hoppers
Belize district is perfect if you are studying criminology
StannCreek has Placencia much like Ambergris. Plus Hopkins best suited to amateur entomologists interested in sand flea mating rituals
Orange Walk which has no redeeming qualities at all except for Lamanai
Finally Corozal because it sits on the Mexican border where you have access to advanced health care, commodities, amenities and Negro Modelo
Viva Mexico!

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8mrsolo
9/10/2017 17:03 EST

So on my first trip would you suggest i rent a car? Or use public transportation, buses and taxi?

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waljoa
9/10/2017 18:09 EST

I personally would rent a car it allows you the freedom to explore. A lot of what is very nice is not on a bus route although you can book the tours .

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terrific
9/12/2017 19:03 EST

As you have had all the districts described to you by a no longer Belize expat a slightly jaundiced view. The financial aspects also explained to you from a non expat who has access to the same info as you can find on the web.
I would take waljoe's advice and hire a car . Then you can tour any and all the main land areas that take your fancy. On the kayes you could rent a golf cart or bike.
If you can rent your accomodation reasonably $2k us per month should easily cover your costs in all areas. The cayes being most expensive all round. Shop local, both for Brand named packaged goods, and local produce, cook your own meals from scratch and your costs become so much lower insisting on only the imported US recognised brands of packaged goods and it can be much more costly.
Gas prices are high compared to US but similar to Europe. They will rise sharply due to recent weather systems.
I am told Electricity costs are high but if you are not using expensive airconditioning all the time should be Ok. I don't find them much different to the prices per KWH I pay in California. ( My place is dual solar and mains it auto switches to mains only when my solar batteries are low so I have tiny bills, I have never been able to work out if that is more than I would pay in CA) If you can get a rental with wind and/or solar the electric bill goes away.
Wifi is fairly slow and can be very slow just after schools let out in the afternoon for a couple of hours, but I find it usable for most uses. Best bet if going to be in Belize for a longer period (say the full 6 months) it would probably pay to get a Mifi hub from smart as you can take that anywhere in Belize with you if you are touring. Good idea also to pick up a cheap flip phone and pay for minutes as you need them, They have double up days when you pay half price for your minutes, and at holiday times they often have triple up days. Calls to the US work out about $1 bze per minute.
Come to Belize make your own judgements and enjoy your stay. No one will twist your arm to stay if you don't like it. You might just not want to leave.

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flyingriki
9/12/2017 23:08 EST

Posts 2 and 3 pretty much nailed it. I rented a 4x truck and drove as far south as Punta Gorda. Then back up and out to San Ignacio. Then dropped the truck off early and visited Cay Caulker. All this in a week. Never made it up to Corozal. You should rent and drive. You'll see more and find more about each area.
I found the further south the less pleasant the people. Didn't even stay in Punta Gorda, couldn't get away fast enough. Beautiful drive though! Belize City is a hole. San Ignacio was too hot for words. Cay Caulker was great. You experience may vary.

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katzgar
9/13/2017 07:41 EST

I am thinking if gardening is your goal you probably want to be in farm country and the Mennonites have the farming all figured out Spanish Lookout is one area

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8mrsolo
9/13/2017 17:06 EST

Thank you all so much, this is some really helpful information. Now im think of visiting the lamanai ruins to check some of the northern part of the country.

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katzgar
9/14/2017 06:28 EST

Go down with little in the way of possessions and rent. This makes relocating simple and easy.

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Kenubelizeit
9/14/2017 11:20 EST

Farming can differ depending on traditional farming and the Mayas. There is also the mechanized farming/mennonites vs the traditional organic/traditional mennonites.

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bradinbelize
9/16/2017 18:38 EST

8MRSOLO - write me a private Message and I will send you an itinerary to follow where you can see each area for yourself and I can recommend places to stay in each as well. If you can come for two weeks, rent a car and drive around you can see most anywhere you would want to live in Belize. then after you pick your favorite place, go there and RENT for a few months and if you don't like it, go to your second option and RENT there a few months. Don;t buy for at least a year to make sure you are OK with the Belizean lifestyle.

I have an entire itinerary with contacts that I have helped a dozen + people move to Belize with and it will shorten your research time and hassles, but you need to be OK with driving for that first trip and seeing each place for only 2 - 3 days.

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phill333
9/28/2017 00:22 EST

Rent a sturdy vehicle such as a Jeep Cherokee or a truck. You will find other rentals to not hold up to the roads.

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phill333
9/28/2017 00:22 EST

Rent a sturdy vehicle such as a Jeep Cherokee or a truck. You will find other rentals to not hold up to the roads.

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Travelgirl777
9/28/2017 19:56 EST

Belize is a GREAT country. I always say Belize is not for everyone but it has something for everybody. Every town and village has its own culture and charm depending on what you're looking for. The Cayes have beaches, shops, bars and restaurants. CAYO district have more MAYAN ruins than any other district in Belize. The towns of San Ignacio is a charming bustling town with just about everything you need and Belmopan the capital is a planned community with more modern buildings. Hopkins is a beach, diving and fishing town with a few nice resorts, restaurants and shops. I lived in CorozL for a few months and there is not much to do there it's a very sleepy town but it is close to the border right across from Chetumal Mexico with lots of shopping and Casino if you like to try you luck! I'm a real estate agent with KELLER WILLIAMS BELIZE in San Ignacio. If you need more information you can email me at maria.smith@kellerwilliamsbelize.com. Come to Belize with and open mind and you will surely enjoy your visit!

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Bobsworld
9/29/2017 09:47 EST

Traveling around the country by bus is an excellent and economical way to see the country. I would be surprised if you could rent a car for anywhere near $50 US/day and gasoline will cost about $5/gallon. The bus might run $10-20 US at most for a full days travel and you'll get to be up close with a lot of great Belizeans. PM me if you want detailed info.

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katzgar
10/2/2017 19:08 EST

or.....just use the bus schedule. https://belizebus.wordpress.com/

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simonsellsall
10/4/2017 07:35 EST

Belmopan should be best for you because of its proximity. You can move to the other places in reasonable time. Its safe. Its clean. Its peaceful
If you want action you can be in Cayo or Belize City in an hours time.
You can also visit thesites.in reasonable.time...

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