Expat Guide to Living in Belize
Whether you're already living in Belize or preparing to move to Belize, our Expat Guide to Living in Belize offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Belize. For answers to specific questions, visit our Belize Forum to talk with expats in Belize.
Author Gary Peterson talks about the ins and outs of building a home in Belize and introduces his new book about the subject.
Expats talk about some of the biggest challenges they've faced living in Latin America. Whether you're moving to Panama City or Punta del Este, this article is a must read to help you prepare (hint: you'll be much happier if you learn the language) and adjust your expectations (realities: the roads are rough, the pace of life is slower and bureaucracy is unavoidable). Despite all of the challenges, the list of what expats like about life in Latin America far exceeds the challenges.
From lower cost of living to affordable healthcare and beachfront living, expats discuss the top reasons they moved to Central America.
Anyone thinking about moving to Belize should carefully consider the pros and cons of expat life in Belize. The article includes insight from expats about the cons (crime, limited healthcare, poor road conditions and more) and the pros (beautiful beaches, friendly people, low cost of living and more).
Expats that move to Belize learn to enjoy a breathtakingly beautiful setting without some of the essentials they may have taken to granted in their home countries. Here are some tips to consider before taking the plunge and moving to Belize.
An expat talks about moving to San Pedro, Belize on Ambergris Caye. For $400 per month she lives steps from the beach on the outskirts of town.
An expat who originally moved to Ambergris Caye decided to move to the mainland after the AC became overpopulated and prices on the island rose dramatically. He moved to the Corozal area and appreciates the lower cost of living there.
An expat in Hopkins, Belize describes in great detail about life there. Here cultural blunders, the food available there, and the pace of life and much more provide a nice glimpse of what it means to be an expat in Belize.
An expat in Ambergris Caye talks about living on the island, meeting people, starting a business and more.
An expat in Hopkins Village, Belize talks about deciding to retire part time in Belize. He and his wife enjoy teaching local kids how to play baseball, attending a church and meeting other expats in their neighborhood.
More Culture Shock Reports for Belize
Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Belize handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Belize:
Submit a Culture Shock Report
Submit a Living Overseas Report
More Living in Belize Reports
What are people's priorities in Belize - work? family? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Below are some of the responses from expats in Belize:
Submit a Moving Overseas Report
More Moving to Belize Reports
What should you take with you when you move to Belize? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Belize? Below are some of the responses from expats in Belize:
International School Report
Parents are invited to answer questions about the schools that their kids attend (Pre-K through High School) in hopes of helping others moving to Belize with the school selection process. If you have expat children who attend school in Belize, take a few minutes to submit a School Review.
Submit an International School Review
Dream vs. Reality Report
Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Belize. If you are already living in Belize, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not by filling out our Dream vs. Reality Report.
Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report
Submit a Retire Abroad Report
Retiring in Belize Reports
Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Belize, by filling out our Overseas Retirement report. Below are some of the reports from expats in Belize:
Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report
Having a Baby in Belize Reports
How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Belize? Below are some of the reports from expats in Belize:
Working Abroad Report
What's it like to find a job in Belize? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Belize? Help others following in your footsteps by filling out our Working Abroad Report.
Submit a Working Abroad Report
9 Healthcare & Health Insurance Tips for Expats in Belize
Expats in Belize share tips and advice about healthcare and health insurance in Belize. While some expats advise those with serious health issues not to move to Belize, other expats choose Corozal for its proximity to doctors and clinics over the border in Chetumal, Mexico. Other topics include the quality of medical care, having a baby in Belize and more.
8 Tips for Living in Placencia, Belize
Expats in Placencia, Belize discuss why they chose to move to Placencia. They share tips about how they found their homes, rental prices, nightlife, internet speeds, driving and more.
5 Great Places to Retire in Central America
Central America is an increasingly popular retirement destination. Retirees love it's proximity to the United States, lower cost of living, beautiful cities, amazing beaches, healthy lifestyle and friendly people.
Buying Property in Belize
Ever dream of living on the beach? Belize's property prices are much lower than in the US and may be the perfect place to realize that dream! Author Victoria Day-Wilson shares information about buying property in Belize.
Living in Belize: Life in The Cayes
Belize has over 400 islands, of which Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker are the largest. Ambergris Caye is much larger and has various supermarkets, banks, restaurants, bars and shops. Caye Caulker is much slower, more laid back and has fewer shops, grocery stores and restaurants.
10 Tips for Living in Belize
Whether you are living in Belize or considering a move to Belize, this article offers a glimpse at some of the tremendously helpful advice that expats share on Expat Exchange's Belize forum and in our expat reports.
World's Top Retirement Havens 1 Through 9
Where are the best places to retire overseas? Which retirement haven is right for you? France? Ecuador? Panama? Nicaragua? Thailand? Kathleen Peddicord shares the pros and cons of the world's top 9 retirement havens.