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An Expat Talks about Living in San Ignacio, Belize

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

San Ignacio

How long have you lived there?

6 months

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

None, just don't come here...

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

Multicultural of course, but some don't like U.S. Don't bring anything of value, it will be stolen..

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

No jobs for Gringos and if you open a business here, you will be robbed...

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Open season on Gringos...check crime logs just for the month of July 2011...getting very scary if you are white American

If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

DON'T...stay in the U.S.!

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Oct 10, 2011 10:05

Sounds like you are ready to move back to your home country. Just curious, how long did you research Belize before moving there?

Jul 31, 2012 10:13

We live in San Ignacio and all I can say is you get back what you give. Things are different here. Just what did you expect? It's a different country! Of course, stay in the the U.S., there's no crime there! And why would you ever want to live in a country like Belize where the government leaves you alone, the people support themselves and their families, go to church and make it a point to tell you good morning or hello just in passing. Yes, it's so much better in the U.S. so just stay there - oh, and don't forget to keep your papers on you for the TSA to stop you and check to see if you are a terrorist. Next time you move to a different country I suggest: 1. Don't. 2. Determine what it is EXACTLY you are looking for 3. Spend some time there FIRST to see if it "fits you" 4. When you do move, adopt the country and their ways - don't expect them to change to meet your desires. Again, that's what's happening in the U.S. so if you want that just stay home. There's more to say but I think you get the point. Living in a different country is an adventure. If you're not adventurous don't do it. If you are, then go and live life. Learn to slow down, smile and laugh at yourself and with others. Be at peace with life and live longer and happier like the Belizians.

Nov 13, 2012 19:51

Move back to the US? No way! We love it here in Belize. I'm just tired of people bashing other countries because they're "different" or they have a crime problem. Living in a new country requires an open mind and a spirit of adventure and some self-reliance. People shouldn't complain when they come here, or anywhere else, and things are different. Adopting Belize as my home is one of the best decisions I ever made - but it isn't right for everyone. Too many times people blame the country instead of just admitting that they don't fit the country. Hope this helps.

Jul 18, 2013 18:21

i think you should give it more than 6 months before you bad mouth the place. it seems to me that you just had bad luck or maybe you are just too close minded to live in a country you didnt grow up in. do tell people to stay away from such a great place just because you couldnt cut it.

Dec 24, 2013 23:29

Wow - sounds like you love the place and want all for yourself. My daddy told me story long time ago about settler stopping at a farm half way from nowhere. New comer asks guy plowing field what people like there, old man asks newbie maybe what people were like where he left. Newbie maybe goes on and on how terrible they were. Old man says, "well that is how you will find people here." Maybe newbie says thanks and whips up horses and goes on. An hour later, different maybe newbie sees same old man and asks same question. Old man asks same question. This maybe newbie answers with how people where he left were best, salt of earth, loved em all. Old man, smiles and says, "I am sure you will find people here the same." God Bless everyone this CHRISTmas season. Best to all and hoping everyone finds the joy they deserve.

Mar 27, 2014 16:05

I like your honest advice. I am flip flopping between Belize being a great place to retire to more honest ones like yours. Being robbed seems to be the one thing that everyone mentions. I read that owning dog will deter robberies. Have you seen this to be true? Also, do you think the cost of living in Belize is easier for retirement than in the US. (Excluding New York or California)

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