Placencia, Belize
Placencia, Belize
Placencia, Belize

Cost of Living in Belize

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: What is the cost of living in Belize? Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Belize talk about the general living costs, the cost of housing and health insurance.

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Is the cost of living in Belize high?

We asked people how much they someone comfortably live on in Belize, they wrote:

"Since we are debt free, and the property taxes are unbelievably low, we are primarily able to live just on our Social Security (about $3,000 U.S. per month). Again, however, we do not spend excessively on sightseeing or dining out. We love living a quiet life at a slow pace," remarked another expat in Hopkins Village.

"We have no house payment since our home is paid for. We are doing very well on about 3,000 U.S. per month, though we could get by for much less," explained one expat living in Hopkins Village.

"That is such a leading answer. The QRP package requires that you bring 2000 us dollars into the country per month. For those not taking the QRP package, and taking up plain residency (takes a year to do) , there are people living on a lot less than 2000 US and living comfortably," said another expat in Belize City.

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