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Moving to Benque Viejo del Carmen, Belize

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jun 27, 2023

Summary: Moving to Benque Viejo del Carmen, Belize? Expats talk about what you need to know before moving to Benque Viejo del Carmen.

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What do I need to know before moving to Benque Viejo del Carmen?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Benque Viejo del Carmen, they said:

"Expats considering a move to Benque Viejo del Carmen should be aware of several factors before making the decision. Firstly, the official language is English, but Spanish is widely spoken in the area, so learning some basic Spanish phrases can be helpful. The cost of living is generally lower than in North America or Europe, but imported goods can be expensive. Healthcare facilities are limited, so expats may need to travel to larger cities or neighboring countries for specialized treatments. The climate in Benque Viejo del Carmen is tropical, with hot and humid weather throughout the year and a rainy season from June to November. Expats should be prepared for potential hurricanes and flooding during this time. The local currency is the Belize Dollar (BZD), and it is pegged to the US Dollar at a rate of 2 BZD to 1 USD. Opening a local bank account can be a lengthy process, so it's a good idea to bring enough cash or have access to funds while setting up your finances. Housing options in Benque Viejo del Carmen range from modest apartments to larger homes, and rental prices can vary depending on the location and amenities. It's essential to research the local real estate market and work with a reputable agent to find suitable accommodation. Belize has a relatively high crime rate, so expats should take precautions to ensure their safety, such as avoiding poorly lit areas at night and not displaying valuable items in public. The Belizean culture is diverse and welcoming, with a mix of Maya, Mestizo, Creole, Garifuna, and other influences. Expats should take the time to learn about and respect local customs and traditions to integrate more easily into the community. The cuisine in Belize is a blend of various cultures, with rice and beans, seafood, and fresh fruits and vegetables being staples in the local diet. Transportation options in Benque Viejo del Carmen are limited, with most people relying on buses or taxis to get around. Owning a car can be expensive due to import taxes and high fuel prices, so many expats choose to use public transportation or bicycles. The infrastructure in Belize is not as developed as in some other countries, so expats should be prepared for occasional power outages and limited internet connectivity. Finally, obtaining residency or a work permit in Belize can be a complex process, so it's essential to research the requirements and start the application process well in advance of your move," said one expat in Benque Viejo del Carmen.

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Betsy Burlingame 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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