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AmazinglyAwesome2017
7/9/2022 16:39 EST

1. What is it like living in Belize, where is the best part of to live?
2. What are jobs are available? My wife is in the social service field, should she be able to find a job in her field?
3. Is Belize LGBTQ friendly?
4. What kind of health insurance is available?
5. What’s rent like for a two bedroom apartment?
6. Are there Condo’s on the island?
7. How do people get around on the island?

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mschwitzer
7/10/2022 12:37 EST

You have some good questions. I also saw your next post. If you are looking to have the comforts of the US you will not find them in Belize. You cannot go to a real grocery store and pick up things you are accustom to having. They don't have a large chain in the country just local corner stores found in big cities. The roads are few and not properly paved and most are rough and had to navigate. I just came back from a 2 week trip and spent time on the mainland and on Ambegris Caye the largest most inhabited island.

I can sum it up very easy for you. Prices are not cheap for anything but fruit at a road side stand, not on the island. In the north you have Cozoral which is set in the 1930's-40's. Basic life, no services. All the restaurants in the country that foreigners would go to (cleanliness) is the same price as the US. Hotels, condos, restaurants, car rentals are the same price as the US or more.

Land is cheap because it is undeveloped but when you get in communities where expats are the prices are high. You will hear about Secret Beech on Ambergris Caye. It is completely off grid and not worth all the effort of driving a gold cart to get to civilization and that is not good either.

Belize City is rough and not a good place to live.

Hopkins is up and coming in the south and Placencia is probably the best because of the cruise ships that dock there, Overall if are only looking for the weather it is nice but they are in the rainy season now and your plans will change daily.

Let me know if you want more information as I looked at many properties and places to live. It all depends on what you want.

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Stagecoachraider
7/10/2022 10:38 EST

Jobs are reserved for Belizeans, as they should be. So getting a work permit will be very difficult, unless you are a specialist, like a medical doctor with a specialty, surgeon, neuro-surgeon etc. other the medical field quasi impossible. One exception would be economic development, land management, and conservation for a high-level position.
For your woke feelings, please keep these in your own country. Belizeans have STRONG traditional family values.

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