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cwaldman
12/26/2017 15:51 EST

I'm coming to Belize to see if this will be my retirement place to live on Dec 28-Jan 4. Will be driving from BZE airport to Corizal. Staying at the Hotel Maya. Are there any restaurants or hangouts I should visit so I can meet and talk to expats?
Carol

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terrific
12/26/2017 17:48 EST

So you are only interested in the one area, for future retirement, in the whole of Belize??? Bit like saying I visited Bakersfield for a week so i know all of California.
It might be tiny but every area is very different and you may find a different area more suited to your needs.

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cwaldman
12/26/2017 19:10 EST

Guess I wasn't very clear. I am coming to Belize to scout out the different areas. I will be staying in Corozal as a home base. Would love to touch base with some expats.

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terrific
12/26/2017 23:48 EST

That makes a lot more sense, Being at the furthest northern area is going to cut down how much you can actually see in a week probably baseing yourself more centrally could have made traveling around easier.
OK I admit I am Biased, but I think a base in Belmopan would have been a better location. central to most of Belize. Yep That is where I have my own retirement place, I decided on the location purely for convenience to all parts of Belize.

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bradinbelize
12/27/2017 08:27 EST

CWALDMAN - I would heavily suggest not having a "base". There is no way you can do "day trips" to see the different areas and get any kind of real feel. If you can spend two days in each town, try this -

2 nights in each:
Corozal, drive through Ornage Walk on way to Belmopan (spend at least one night there), then go to San Ignacio and surrounding area for 2 days, then Hopkins / Sittee River area for 2, then to Placencia and PG, then drive up to Belize City and go to Ambergris Caye for 2 or 3 days (with at least a day side trip to Caulker).

Then and only then will you get a full view of what Belize is and what it has to offer. Otherwise, just throw a dart and move to "rural Kansas" - why explore New York, California or the Carolinas, or Austin, TX when rural Kansas is there.

Many people just randomly "pick a place" in Belize and move - craziest thing I've sever seen (and I think the reason so many leave shortly after dropping their life savings and saying "Belize is bad or not right", but they never explored their options. It is a wonderful place and probably form the square mileage one of the most diverse countries on the planet, so DRIVE & EXPLORE as much a s possible.

Best of luck

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bobbyveee
12/27/2017 08:44 EST

In all honesty your not going to get much of an idea in a week, you need to come for a minimum of two months , maybe visit twice once in the wet season once in the dry, visiting/vacationing is not like living there, very different. Good luck

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ruvellabrown
12/27/2017 09:28 EST

There are some watering holes down on the bay where people where people gather and play darts. If you want a great drink and blackened grouper sandwich go to Tony's Inn on the Bay. Mama Junes up by Lanos hardware has good food as well. It is a small place and easy to find people. You may PM me if you like...

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morphy33
12/27/2017 10:23 EST

Don't knock Bakersfield, I grew up there.

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soumaila
12/27/2017 10:54 EST

Nice, you answered the question posed in the original post.

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katzgar
12/27/2017 11:09 EST

Best advice is go down lightly. Plan on renting for some time and look around and absorb the place to see if it suits you. Take little with you until you make a real decision down the road. Keep in mind N. Belize is close to Mexico for Mexicos better shopping and medical care.

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soumaila
12/27/2017 11:23 EST

Brad gave you good advice for a whirlwind tour.

If you know you are more interested or not interested in a given environment you could simplify your trip. Tiny and diverse is part of the beauty of Belize. For example if you want to be near or at the beach Corozal, Placencia, Hopkins, Cayes...If you want more inland, maybe rivers and hills spend more time in Cayo...

A week-10 days is enough to scout and see if Belize might be the sort of place you want to retire and where to check out in the future. As for the duration of stays until you buy property and move anything to belize bigger than a couple of large suitcases and a pet or two it is easy to pull up stakes and head home.

On Ambergris Caye the Palapa Bar, and various wine tasting events would be good places to meet expats and get information. Check the Ambergriscaye.com message boards there was a recent discussion on this topic.

Have a fun exploration trip.

Are you thinking full time, part time, QRP, eventually owning or renting?

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cwaldman
12/27/2017 13:09 EST

Oh my gosh. I want to move to Belize now just because everyone has been sooo welcoming! I do want to buy a small house and QRP later after I figure out where I want to live. This trip is just a scouting trip. My daughter lived on St Kitts for 3 years going to Vet school so she has an idea of what to scout for-she's coming with me now. I'm a 7th grade math teacher so I'm going to take some good advise and come down for a month or so this summer I think. I have a couple of other trips planned so can't do the entire summer. I retired from American Airlines so flying down in not a major expense for me. Would I be able to find last minute places to stay in March? I have a spring break coming up then.

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ruvellabrown
12/27/2017 13:21 EST

This is sage advice...Take some decent towels, Walmart 7.00 will do. Take some decent shoes, flops, and sandals. I color my hair, I always take my own hair products. DO NOT go in there with out a tube of prescription strength cortizone creme,,, You can probably get any meds you need, they may be made in Europe. Other than that, you can survive on what they have there...Take a few decent bathing suits and some cotton stuff. Unless you like that cheesy, rayon infused stuff the import from Panama...Have fun.. It will be an adventure, I love it..

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belizelenny
12/29/2017 22:13 EST

Jam Rock. Bay Breeze & Scotty's all by the sea. Visit Cerros Sands as well!

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