Pros and Cons of Living in Belize
Last updated on Jan 02, 2023
Summary: The pros of living in Belize include its tropical climate, diverse culture, and stunning natural beauty. The country is also known for its low cost of living and relaxed lifestyle. On the other hand, the cons of living in Belize include its limited infrastructure and lack of job opportunities. Additionally, the country is prone to natural disasters such as hurricanes and flooding.
What are the pros and cons of living in Belize?
Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Belize responded:
"Carmelita Gardens has been described as a gated community without the gates. Pre-COVID, the community was able to be much more integrated with our closest village of Santa Familia. My husband and I just arrived at the beginning of October, and I have to admit that we were much more knowledgeable of the larger nearby towns of San Ignacio, Santa Elena and Spanish Lookout as that is where we do our shopping. We are exploring Santa Familia more and getting to know it and its residents more. All of the workers at Carmelita Gardens are from Santa Familia, so is the crew that builds the new houses here. That helps build familiarity with our closest village. I love the peace and tranquility of Carmelita Gardens and love the new experiences we have almost weekly. We are getting used to the hotter, more humid weather but still haven't gone through the hottest months of the year. Major dislikes so far are the bugs but we're getting used to them. Major likes - our neighbours, feeding the chickens next door, going for walks with the community dog, having my neighbour's cats come over for cuddles, just relaxing and chilling with the people we've met here, good, fresh, organic food AND food that I've never had before," explained one expat in Carmelita Gardens.
"As I have stated,I owned a beautiful 10 acres on a river. Had a rent house completely licensed as a hotel and a large home for my residence. Was planning to retire in a few more years after living back and forth (US to BZ) for about 18 years. after several murders and violent home invasions of friends(local and expats) and a false arrest of myself to gain access to a licensed fire arm we decided to sell out (at a loss) and move out. The place is not safe in my opinion and having to always looking over ones shoulder is no way to live. One example...I had to lock myself out of my own home to mow the grass, otherwise they would sneak in while busy and wait to assault and rob you. Happened a number of times in my village," said another expat in Sittee River.
What do expats in Belize appreciate most about the local culture?
"I appreciate being reminded that it's important to live as stress free as possible, and this includes appreciating the pace of the culture and not expecting North American precisene," remarked another in Hopkins Village.
"The laid back.... it will happen when its meant to happen attitude. You can't help but relax. The food...... wholesome and homecooked. The friendliness of the people. The ability to communicate in English makes living here so easy. The multicultural aspect of residents and tourists that you meet every day from all different countries. Conversation flows, and is a constant learning opportunity," explained one expat.
What do expats find most challenging?
"Remembering not to be in a hurry! The day is plenty long and there is always tomorrow," explained one expat.
"Newspapers.... frontline news is always about murders etc. so it does scare you a bit. Newspapers.... each one is very politically orientated. So you get very one sided views. QRP (Qualified Persons Package).... can hold you back from doing things you might want to do. It does get frustrating," said another person in Belize City.
About the Author
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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