By Ron Forrester
When I first started selling real estate in Belize in 1987, in retrospect, I know that I over-hyped the country. After about one year, it was much easier for me to talk to people about the pros and cons of Belize. Now every time that I hear someone stretching the truth about Belize, I just chuckle to myself.
Now I enjoy telling "Belize Factor" stories so much, that sometimes I worry about discouraging too many people from even going to Belize. If you expect the electricity to operate 365 days a year, the roads and highways to be smooth and free of bumps, your food order to come in 3 minutes or less, the weather to always be perfect; then you should probably not even consider Belize for a vacation, retirement, investment, etc. If you can visualize the glass half full, then come on down; Belize may be the perfect place for you.
If I were a young man again, I would be scuba diving and snorkeling the barrier reef, atolls, and hundreds of cayes that make Belize so special. Life sometimes goes around in a circle. Years ago, I traded in all my fishing gear for golf clubs; now I am looking forward to semi retirement in Belize with time to fish both the freshwater rivers and open Caribbean sea. In addition, I hope that I will take time to expand my writing capabilities and maybe even take up pencil drawing or some other art endeavor.
I enjoy dining at some of the nicer restaurants in the larger cities and also the restaurants that you find in the small villages of Belize. It is a nice change for me to eat some chicken that has not been shot full of hormones or whatever else we give poultry and livestock in the United States.
Over the last 17 years, I have met some interesting people and characters in Belize, from society drop outs to successful business types. Each one can tell you a different story about what attracts them to Belize. In addition to the many water activities, it may be exploring Mayan ruins, caves & caverns, or birding. Maybe one day in the future, I will meet you in Belize.
First Published: Dec 11, 2004