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San Ignacio, Belize

10 Tips for Living in Belize

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: 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.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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Comments

guest
Dec 31, 2012 10:54

Thank you. Thinking about the move.

guest
Dec 31, 2012 10:55

How easy is it for ex-pats to find work?

OKsailingNE1
Jan 2, 2013 12:05

My wife and I are considering moving to Belize in a few years. In the next few months (Feb or Mar) we would like to make our first trip to Belize to start our research/education process. Does anyone have any suggestions on where/how to start. We were thinking about spending 2 weeks there as our first educational trip.

hmjahelen
Jan 21, 2013 19:40

if i were you i would start in northern belize, corozal town to be exact the people are nice and you can walk any place, you can stay at tony's in and beach resort that is where i stay when i go to corozal town i have just purchased 5 acres out side of corozal i love belize and the people hope you enjoy your time in belize

guest
Dec 16, 2013 15:24

Great advice. If you were pick a place in Belize for a safe community where would that be? What are your top 3 cities? I am going there in the next month to look at property to rent for 1 year and then apply for residency.

RustyBeachBoy
Dec 16, 2013 16:18

Hi, Stann Creek district is generally considered to be very safe. Placencia has gorgeous white sandy beaches and is very popular with expats. Hopkins is a charming fishing village which is becoming increasingly popular and has a couple of great hotels on the beach called Jaguar Reef and Haminasi. If you want a more developed area, then Dangriga is a great town - less expats and tourists there though. Lastly, the amazing gated development in Sittee River contained within 14,000 acres of nature reserve called Sanctuary Belize has to be seen to be believed! Happy hunting! Russ

snakeoildoc
Feb 9, 2014 13:41

As a potential newbie, I have nothing to share at this point but appreciate all the info I can gather for now. Your above article helps get the pulse of the country.

azjettz
Jan 6, 2016 23:10

RELAX & look around you, when you are walking around the towns. We notice that most people, US citizens, mostly, do not look around. The people are great! VERY friendly & would love to just sit and visit with you. The buildings are GREAT, too. Even if they're old, ugly, whatever. There is so much character! Just try all the little food places. We ate at EVERY single restaurant, in San Ignacio. What a fantastic place! We cannot wait to move there permanently!!! SOON!!

kz1
Oct 24, 2016 09:40

I'm curious about the exchange rate. I read articles regarding two to one rates but then read how much more consumer goods cost.. Doesn't seem like there would be a lot of difference in cost of living if consumer goods cost twice as much or more to purchase.

TKeys
Nov 19, 2016 07:24

I am considering Belize as a retirement destination. I am 60,single male and will want to continue working in a low stress job. I have a management history and a REALTOR history. I would like to meet with some expats Nov 28th thru the first week of Dec.Any help is appreciated.Thanks,Tom

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Belize Forum Belize Forum
Talk with other digital nomads and expats in Belize on our Belize forum - meet people, get advice and help others.

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Contribute to Belize Network Contribute
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