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NuncVitam
7/12/2016 09:20 EST

Greetings! I am currently conducting research on renting/buying land in Belize for vacation (then retirement). My husband is already retired although I have a few more years to go so we have no need to rush. My parents have retirement property in Canada, so that was our other option but I loved Belize when we took the bus tour during a cruise a few years ago. (We don't care much for touristy areas so we try to see as much as possible outside of them.) We prefer rural/private areas and farms, and typically just like to stock up at Sam's or Costco once a month for most groceries (we have a small farm with a garden, dairy goats, and chickens although I don't know how easy it is to buy or sell livestock there. Any tips you can provide on making a gradual transition to life in Belize or researching potential properties is welcomed. :)

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bobbyveee
7/12/2016 17:52 EST

Well no Sams or Costco or even proper supermarkets in Belize or proper health care , but plenty of of the grid areas to have a small holding and buy local produce and whatever else at the small grocery stores you will find around Belize, could go on and on but wont, let others have the say. Good luck.

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terrific
7/12/2016 18:42 EST

About livestock do not have any but have friend who do. as anywhere there is a farming community who tend to trade among themselves. Just remember that it is a tiny country the biggest abattoir which is in Cayo district, only slaughters about a hundred Meat animals total (all kinds pigs cattle goats sheep) per week and Most dairy milk is sold via the Menonite community. A friend sells all his milk through them.

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5allan1
7/12/2016 18:51 EST

Lots of folks, ok some, raise all kinds of things in Belize,..ducks, chickens, hogs, mushrooms etc. But consider this : the climate is oppressively hot and humid most of the time, health care is primitive- a notch above rattles and incantations., the infrastructure is poor, and amenties and commodities are lacking. And red wine is a luxury item. You can access Sams and Walmart in Chetumal. Cosco is in Cancun. Smuggling what you buy over the border requires finesse, steady nerves and connections. Better yet just relocate to Mexico- 985,000 expats cant be all wrong

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Kenubelizeit
7/12/2016 23:36 EST

I do believe that some expats because things did not work their way after having lived a frivolous life refer to Belize as an inhospitable country . The country is hoem to many expats who have worked their butts off and continue to work but alas Belize is not for everyone especially with a bad attitude better to come see for yourself instead of being dissuaded by those who did not like Belize for some reason or the other.

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Mommy2all6
7/13/2016 00:26 EST

We love Belize and lived on Ambergris Caye for three years. The growth and influx of construction has made it a little too crowded for what we want. Granted our property will provide rental income and protect our investment, but we want a little more peaceful setting. We just recently purchased in Placencia and love it. A much slower pace, cheaper products, great beaches and fishing, but still nice, welcoming Belizeans. Belize may not be for everyone, but we love it! Visit and see where you fit in....there are lots of areas, each very different. Good luck!

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NuncVitam
7/13/2016 08:55 EST

Thank you everyone, I do prefer to stay away from too rapid construction and enjoy some quiet, private time but also need some access to communicate with family by Internet so I don't want to be extremely remote either. I have traveled to different countries all over the world including Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, so I know 'mega shops' like Sams and Costco are a bit unusual outside the US (in fact I'm kind of surprised to hear of one in Mexico!) We spent over a decade living in the southeast US, and went through strong hurricanes like Katrina where we went without power, gas, phone, and other 'niceties of civilization' so I was just thinking that we would need to eventually be prepared for seasonal storms and severe weather, especially in any coastal country such as Belize. Americans tend to have too much material junk anyway, so I'm not worried about buying a lot of stuff and don't care for mall shopping, but I do like enjoying a nice glass of wine with friends and so occasional excursions to get supplies to host visitors would be nice. Eventually I would want some animals (even if it's only a small flock of chickens to start out). I don't mind bartering and trading, although I am also fairly good at dealing with government and bureaucracy as well, so I am tempted to try importing some of my favorite animals if I need to (obviously after I learn about local living first). I hope to come visit some locations later this year or early next year, when do you think is the best time to visit during the year? I'm also interested in hearing about locations to check out. While I like the beach, I actually prefer fresh water, so properties near rivers or streams would be wonderful. Luckily my husband and I are in decent health so we don't worry about frequent trips to the doctor, just access to one in an emergency or accident. I also want to participate in any community we live nearby - while I don't plan on 'working' per se, I have a degree in Biology and Environmental Science and wouldn't mind helping in local establishments or teaching/tutoring kids. If anyone would like to share thier experience in Belize, where they live and what it's like, or working in the community, would love to hear about it!

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bradinbelize
7/13/2016 09:03 EST

Listen to Ken below. COME DOWN & SEE FOR YOURSELF. I would suggest a month of just traveling to the various areas / towns. Meet the people, TALK to them and explore. Thence you find the place that you THINK you want, maybe RENT for a year BEFORE buying. Test the waters and make sure it is for you before spending to much money - things sell slowly so if you make a mistake, you might be stuck for much longer than you would like

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NuncVitam
7/13/2016 09:37 EST

Oh no worries, we are just looking at renting for the near future and wanted to get an idea of where to start out first and go from there. Buying anything would be a few years down the road.

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