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Moving to Belmopan, Belize

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 11, 2023

Summary: Moving to Belmopan, Belize? Expats talk about what you need to know before moving to Belmopan.

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What do I need to know before moving to Belmopan?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Belmopan, they said:

"Belmopan, the capital city of Belize, is a small city with a population of around 20,000 people. The official language is English, but Spanish, Creole, and Mayan languages are also spoken. The cost of living in Belmopan is relatively low compared to other countries, but it's higher than in other parts of Belize. The city has a tropical climate with a wet and dry season, and it's prone to hurricanes. Healthcare facilities in Belmopan are adequate for minor health issues, but for serious conditions, you may need to travel to Belize City or even outside the country. Belmopan is considered safe, but like any city, it has areas that are best avoided, especially at night. The city is not as developed as other capital cities, but it has basic amenities like supermarkets, restaurants, and schools. Public transportation is available but not always reliable, so having a car can be beneficial. The city is surrounded by nature, with plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. The process of buying property as a foreigner in Belize is straightforward, but it's recommended to hire a local attorney to navigate the process. The Belizean dollar is pegged to the US dollar, and both currencies are accepted throughout the country. Belize has a retiree program that offers tax benefits to foreign retirees, but it requires proving a steady income. Lastly, while Belizeans are generally friendly and welcoming, it's important to respect local customs and traditions," said one expat who made the move to Belmopan.

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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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