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TSCHINA
9/17/2017 04:30 EST

Hi all, I'm considering retiring in Belize, are there any tour companies to show me around versus landing at the airport & stumbling around on my one. What are my transportation options from the airport to Corozal besides a car rental. Are taxis reasonably priced. I have no desire to buy a car, so would be relying on public transportation to the grocery store & general shopping trips. Any tips for a newbie considering retirement in Belize? safety wise, from what I have read is to stay away from border areas as well as Belize City.

Thanks,
Tony

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katzgar
9/17/2017 10:52 EST

The first step is to read a bunch of the threads already posted

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bradinbelize
9/18/2017 01:59 EST

Tony (TSChina),

I have taken several people on exploratory trips and would be happy to discuss with you, if you would like.

When I first came to Belize, I came for 2 weeks, drove the entire country, came out to the Cayes and then came back two months later and did it again, staying in each town for a few days.

I did this 5 times (11 weeks total) for the first year that I came to Belize, then moved here.

Many people that live here have never been outside of their little area - moving to Belize (like anywhere) offers many different options.

Do you wan to be near water, enjoy hiking and the rainforest, do you have to have consumer comforts such as Wal-Mart and Home Depot or can you "get by" or wait for those things? All of these questions, will determine where you want to be.

If you were European and moving to the US, would you want to see both Iowa, Chicago, NYC and say Albuquerque? Each has something very different to offer (both pros and cons).

Let me know how much time you have to explore for your first trip here and what you think might appeal to you in way of life, and I can offer a self-drive itinerary that you should try. If you want a guide and someone to drive, show you around and introduce you to locals in several communities and discuss banking, residency, etc. I can talk to you about that as well.

Happy to help as little or as much as you feel you would like.

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hrlee7804
9/18/2017 10:12 EST

The reason you don't get much information from this site is you need to do some research yourself first then ask some specific questions. Those that have a financial interest in you may speak up but generally speaking this site is not a replacement for your research. Using the search window will answer many questions for you.

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bradinbelize
9/18/2017 12:02 EST

I am always happy to chat with anyone for a few minutes and discuss what they are looking for. Based on your own preferences and lifestyle you can eliminate some options (and at least shorten your stay in areas that are not best suited for your needs). Nothing replaces traveling and seeing for yourself - if you want to do it right, you need to drive the entire country and stay a few days in each major area.

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5allan1
9/18/2017 14:21 EST

For touring contact kenubelizit on this site. Better to subsidize a Belizean than a braggart commercial expat. If u r in Corozal contact Roy White at the Corozal Taxi Union opposite the post office for a tour. Tell him Dr Al sent u. Dont use public transport. Its very grim. Taxis are those with green plates. Not expensive.
Belize is quite safe except for Belize City. However petty theft and fleecing are a national pastime.
General overview: Belize is 30% more costly than its regional neighbours. The internet is slow and expensive. Electrical is not cheap esp if u use ac which is sometimes essential. It goes out 8-10/ month in various districts for infrastructure repairs. There are voltage fluxes that raise hell with electronics which rot out due to salty humid air.
Health care is very good at a basic level, beyond that it is very grim.
I lived in Bz for 5 years and now live part time in Mexico.
Its a vast improvement for us, but I have a fondness for one stop shopping,a wide choice of amenties and commodities and high tech health care.
Some expats will tell u Belize is cheap if u buy local. But if u try Western dairy sour cream you might change your mind and local sausages and bacon soon u will soon make u cry out for Oscar Meyer. If u buy local Roses toilet paper you will soon run to Mexico for Charmin as the former is on par with the efficacy of a handful of river gravel.
;)

Some expats

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bobbyveee
9/18/2017 17:43 EST

As Dr A says you truly need to understand the country your choosing to live in, of course those already there want to fleece you and those that have just made the choice hate a few of us that tell the truth , its funny that those who dont actualy live there yet are the most verbal in there abuse for the few of us whom tell it as it is. I shout from the hip. No grudges etc,. believe in telling the whole truth unlike most on here

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CayeCaulker4Me
9/19/2017 00:01 EST

Isn't it refreshing that most folks can provide guidance and/or information that meets the poster's inquiry, without insulting or disparaging anyone whom has already posted, or who might potentially post with an alternative view.

Then there are the last two posters who seem incapable of this trait, on almost every single entry they make, on numerous Belize forums. It should make the reader suspect of the poster, not necessarily the information, that feels the need to "defend" their stance by needlessly insulting folks who have a differing opinion, information or might potentially call their posts into question.

Get ready for the insults directed towards me to follow shortly........

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Vallew11
9/19/2017 09:55 EST

I appreciate your posts and many others. Most posts have helped us determine many things and answered many questions for us. I think the most important for me has been the stressing of visiting different areas in order to get a true feel of which area best suits our needs. So to all that have posted helpful information (positive and negative) I thank you. What I have had a problem with is a couple posters that have taken to insulting certain types of people (due to religion, politics, and their assumed educational level.). That is not helpful but just down right mean and ridiculous. No one can determine if a place is right for them to move to based on that criteria. So Cayecaulker4me- I have taken to heart your advice along with many others and have laughed at the posts of a couple that seem to feel their insulting ways are somehow advice. We will enjoy every minute of our 10 day visit and will explore what we can in that time!

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CayeCaulker4Me
9/19/2017 10:38 EST

Hey Vallew11, enjoy your trip, if you've done your research, there will be no surprises, only the joy, relaxation and wonderment of this unique country.

BradInBelize has been an incredible resource for us as we explored our eventual move to Belize (coming to fruition 9/30!) as we have had numerous phone calls and exchanged many emails, AT NO COST, OR SOLICITATION FOR PAYMENT, as alluded to by certain negative posters here (and on other venues). If anyone is considering a move to Belize, we HIGHLY recommend Private Messaging BradInBelize for unfettered, honest and experienced based advice and information that will be invaluable as you explore this option. Much more relevant and meaningful than some soured out individuals with an axe to grind because Belize does meet their limited expectations.

Enjoy, Have Fun and GO SLOW!!!

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Vallew11
9/25/2017 12:24 EST

CayeCaulker4me

Thank you! We just may pick Brads brain for a bit of info. We have changed our minds about moving down to Belize, but we haven't changed our minds about visiting often! We have loved our trips thus far to Belize. We are planning on purchasing a catamaran and sailing throughout the Caribbean. Belize will always be a stop for us many times over.

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CayeCaulker4Me
9/25/2017 13:56 EST

Sounds like an AWESOME plan! Let me know if you ever dock in Caye Caulker, I'll buy the first round!

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Vallew11
9/25/2017 15:29 EST

Thanks! We most likely will spend one of those 10 days in Caye Caulker

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CayeCaulker4Me
9/25/2017 20:06 EST

Great. We arrive this Saturday!

I'll send contact info to you via PM.

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