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peggyjune
1/30/2018 21:41 EST

Deciding between Ambergis Caye. Caye Caulker or Plancenia. This my first visit, a combination of vacation and scouting for a future home/re-location. I will only have 2 weeks, so I do not have time (this trip) to tour all the places in Belize. Thank you for any suggestions.

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bradinbelize
1/31/2018 09:24 EST

PeggyJune,

If you are here for two weeks, you have plenty of time to explore a good portion of the country (Belize is approx. the size of Massachusetts). Here's a good overall exprience (remember this is not a vacation but an exploratory trip to see the country and what it has to offer and meet people, learn the differences in the cultures and experiences of living in various places.

Arrive Belize City -
drive to Corozal, stay 2 nights
drive to Orange Walk - stay 1 or 2 nights
Drive to San Ignacio - stay 2 days
drive to Belmopan and through the rainforest on Hummingbird Highway (stay in Belmopan or along the way). Go to Placencia and Hopkins area (3 - 4 days and do day trips each day to explore).
Drive back to Belize City and take the water taxi to San Pedro (Ambergris) and stay 3 days then head to Caulker for 2 nights and back to Belize City to go home.

That's a 14 day trip - a lot to absorb but will make the most of your money and time.

GO HOME - reflect and then plan your second trip back to Belize to explore the areas of interest more in depth (and add PG to your trip list for the second trip). If you are serious about moving here and truly want to explore and see you're options, travel and visit each option. Just like the US, Belize has a huge variety of places and style of living.

People wouldn;t just say, I'm moving to the US from France - think I will pick Iowa. They might want NYC or MIami, or a peaceful GA or NC coastline, or the Rockies, or a NW PScific Coast lifestyle, or San Diego with sun and beaches - or Iowan, Kansas or even a small town on the great lakes - these are EXTREMELY different lifestyles and even though it is a very small country, Belize has MANY lifestyles to offer, so check out any and all that might be of interest and KEEP MOVING while you're here. The first trip should be an orientation trip just used to guid you on future visits and narrow the process down. Best of luck and let me know if I can help in any way.

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ChillyWilly
1/31/2018 13:43 EST

Great advice, but I would cut Orange Walk to one night only. Maybe just a day trip there. Throw a buffer in there.. Belize has a way of taking you around itself in an unscheduled way. Enjoy the adventure! I just got back from my 7th trip

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peggyjune
1/31/2018 15:41 EST

Thank you for your feed-back, on personal experience. Always appreciated.

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peggyjune
1/31/2018 15:51 EST

Thank you very much, I like your ideas. However, I do not want to drive in Belize (for right now) and would not rent a car. And I have decided to not live on the islands off the coast. I was thinking - getting a "base-camp" and then traveling from there. I would have to get a driver or take buses, which I would do anyway when I am living there. And, perhaps it is not so difficult to drive in Belize, by myself, I have to just see it for myself. You are 100% correct, there is so much to chose from in Belize. I have been studying Belize and now I am ready to "put my toes in the water".

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5allan1
1/31/2018 16:48 EST

Before you get your toes wet here are things to consider that you wont easily find on here otherwise:
Belize is the most expensive country in the region of C.A. and Mex by a range of 30-40% and the cayes even more so
Non basic advanced, trauma and ER medical care is non existant
Infrastructure is poor, esp roads
Property crime is a national pastime. Violent crime is not just centered on Belize City anymore

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belizelenny
1/31/2018 18:49 EST

Do your homework...Corozal is not the cayes. Medical Care can be had in Corozal, Orange Walk and Chetumal.

Most crime is in one area of Belize City.

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toddwinston
1/31/2018 20:26 EST

....agreed. Corozal is safe. Cost of living is a lot less than what we pay in Canada.
Also, always on the forum there is the question about internet speed and cost. I did not comment before; but now I know for sure. It is the same speed as what we are accustomed to in Canada(no problem streaming movies etc) and it is less cost.
We are here in Corozal right now. I am shocked at how much construction and improvements are going on since we were last here. There is work going on everywhere ... which is a good thing.

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peggyjune
1/31/2018 20:27 EST

Sorry about this (yes I know where is Corozal) , I was in a hurry today. I will keep all your advise - in mind, as I am planning my trip.

thank you again

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peggyjune
1/31/2018 20:30 EST

Thank you for the information about Corazal. I will put this on the list. This will be my first time to Belize, so I am gathering information. I have heard good things about this area.

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belizelenny
1/31/2018 22:23 EST

Six projects going on here at Cerros Sands. Five custom homes and a resort. More customs homes in design as well.

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peggyjune
2/1/2018 00:03 EST

I have seen the web-site for Cerros Sands. It looks really great. This will be my first time in Belize, so I will keep this in mind. I have actually seen this a couple of times, on-line.

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5allan1
2/1/2018 07:32 EST

Please exercise caution in evaluating data from expats trying to rent or sell u something. Cerros Sands is a nice spot but at the end of a bad road with a rusty handcranked ferry along the way. Its also off grid.
Corozal is a good and safe place and expats there can access the amenities, commodities and superior medical care of Chetumal Mx.
It is well known that Belize has the slowest most costly internet globally. 25 mps in Canada runs 65$/ month but in Bz u get 8 mpsfor 125$
Things are not necessarily cheaper in Bz than Canada or US. It depends on buying local but then there is a problem with quality control. Thats why Corozal expats are found in major quantities at Sams or Chedraui in Chetumal daily. Avoiding duty is the challenge but part of the thrill of life in a banana republic.

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peggyjune
2/1/2018 08:53 EST

Thanks for sharing information. One has to these areas personally. Everyplace has it's pros and cons.

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peggyjune
2/1/2018 08:56 EST

I meant - one has to see these areas personally

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toddwinston
2/1/2018 09:05 EST

Allan I never responded to your opinion on the internet because I was not sure. But now I know.
You are 100% wrong about internet in Belize.
I am in Corozal, and the monthly bill for unlimited internet is $80belize.
I work online so depend on good service. The internet here is fast enough that I can work and have a window open with a streaming movie. Since I have tenants (a four plex)they are also using the internet at the same time . I have encountered no issues. It is the same speed I am accustomed to in Canada.
In Canada I have used both Rogers and Bell for service. If you stream movies in Canada it is ridiculously expensive. I have had many bills over $300 Canadian dollars.
So Belize has good internet period.

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hrlee7804
2/1/2018 10:55 EST

I know Doomsday Preppers that are in the Cerros Sands area. Their plan is to use a boat to get to Corozal for shopping needs because the road out there is HORRIBLE. So one needs to plug that into your expenses. I am sure it is a great place but off grid and remote is not for everyone. Depends on how often to you want to go into town!

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catcmccreery
2/1/2018 11:40 EST

I am coping your reply to plan our second trip. We are doing a family vacation to Caye Caulker this year, but have a 5 year plan to retire in Central America. Belize is our top choice.

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waljoa
2/1/2018 15:43 EST

Correction to Allens post on internet pricing Smart unlimited 8m is 80.00 BZE or 40.00 US

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belizelenny
2/1/2018 21:18 EST

Cerros Sands is 13 miles from Corozal town and I am the developer. I have made less than 10 trips to town by boat.. By road would have to amount to 1000 times over my 14 years...Drove in today to get my renewal for our liquor license for our restaurant and bar. Not a doomsday prepper...just off grid is a much better way to go here in Belize. Many folks from town, Consejo and Orange Walk come here to enjoy our beach.

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Retirednavy
2/3/2018 09:20 EST

You didn’t specify if you want to be near Caribbean Sea and water sports, fishing, boating, diving, snorkeling, swimming and great beaches, bars and restaurants.
If you want to live in areas where you have the above, then you should stay on Ambergris Caye one week, and Placencia Peninsula one week. A week on the island will show allow you to experience some Island life, tourists, and the great things the island can offer.
A week in either Placencia or nearby Hopkins allows you to experience the Peninsula, and make day trips inland.
This will allow you to make an informed decision on where to stay on your next trip down.
This is what we did over 6 years, and are now living on Placencia Peninsula.
Good luck, have fun and enjoy your time here.

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peggyjune
2/3/2018 10:14 EST

Yes, I actually want to be by the sea. I decided to stay in Placentia, for the first time. I can make some tours from then, as you suggested. Thanks for your reply.

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peggyjune
2/3/2018 10:14 EST

Yes, I actually want to be by the sea. I decided to stay in Placentia, for the first time. I can make some tours from then, as you suggested. Thanks for your reply.

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belizelenny
2/4/2018 09:47 EST

If those areas are too pricey...there is much cheaper seafront in Corozal. You can look on the South end, North to Consejo, Cerros Sands to Sarteneja.

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Mikxx
2/4/2018 12:44 EST

Well in the end you will have to check out the places yourself but the areas are not really comparable.

Placencia or the Cays have more or like a vacation feeling. I think you made a good choice but for relocating in the long run you should check Placencia in summer time when it is really dead. It is very different to go somewhere on vacation or actually live there.

Corozal is a lot cheaper as it has no sandy beach so no tourism potential

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peggyjune
2/4/2018 16:27 EST

Thank you for your suggestions and thoughts. I used to live in Negril, Jamaica so I can familiar with what you are saying- spending time in the summer, and realizing these are tourist areas. This is just the first trip - so I am sure I will explore other areas. I appreciate all the feedback from other people's views.

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Mikxx
2/4/2018 16:41 EST

I m from the Caribbean Islands as well. Why do you want to move?

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peggyjune
2/4/2018 16:44 EST

I moved out of Jamaica, some years ago - due to an illness of my mother and other family issues. Now, I am ready to move outside of the USA.

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Mikxx
2/4/2018 16:50 EST

Oh and as we keep having these discussions here many times about Corozal.

First: the internet is really slow. I m with BTL and I can not watch a stream from e.g. twitch.tv. Netflix is better though.

Second: the crime rate is getting pretty high for a town with just 15k people. Within the last 6 months they killed 2 Candians, 1 American and 3 Belizians. Solved cases so far: zero. Than just think about all the armed robberies around Christmas time: Western Union, One Mall, the meat store, the Indian money changer or the Chinaman coming back from Ambergric Caye at the Corozal airport just to mention a few. Pretty terrible was also the home invasion in Ranchito just some months ago: http://amandala.com.bz/news/home-invasion-ranchito/

Do not get me wrong, I feel absolutely alright there but a lot of crap is definitly going on.

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peggyjune
2/4/2018 16:59 EST

Crime happens everywhere, even where I am currently living in the USA. For me, where ever I want to live, it is more of a "feeling/inspiration" - to begin with. I appreciate any reports of these areas - no place is perfect and we have to "chose our battles".

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Mikxx
2/4/2018 17:05 EST

Well Belize is more like Jamaica than the US regarding the crime rate. They steal a lot. Petty theft is really comon.

But if you want to relocate I d just keep everything at home for now and check it out. Just rent a house, pack a suitcase book a flight and go exploring.

You also have to be aware that you need to bring money as it is pretty much impossible to generate income within Belize.

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peggyjune
2/4/2018 17:12 EST

This trip, coming up in April - is my first visit - not sure if I will re-locate here, yet. I have to spend some time before I make any decisions - Yes, Jamaica has a high crime rate, yet, in nearly 19 years (visiting and living there) I never had a problem with the criminal element - with common sense and being integrated into the community,

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peggyjune
2/4/2018 20:11 EST

Thank you for this information, much appreciated. I will keep this in my files. For the 1st trip, I will be in the southern part, it will take some time for me to decide.

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