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Moving to The Cayes, Belize

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on May 05, 2023

Summary: Expatriates are drawn to The Cayes, Belize for its stunning natural beauty, laid-back lifestyle, and low cost of living. The Cayes are known for their white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and lush tropical forests, making them an ideal destination for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Additionally, the local culture is welcoming and friendly, and the cost of living is significantly lower than in many other countries. Before moving to The Cayes, it is important to be aware of the tropical climate, which can be hot and humid year-round. Additionally, it is important to research the local laws and regulations, as well as the availability of medical care and other services. Finally, it is important to be aware of the potential for natural disasters, such as hurricanes, which can occur in the region.

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What do I need to know before moving to The Cayes?

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

"Before moving to The Cayes, expats should be aware that the official language is English, although Spanish and Creole are also spoken. Expats should also be aware that the currency used is the Belize Dollar, and that US Dollars are widely accepted. Additionally, expats should be aware that the climate in The Cayes is tropical, with temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-90s Fahrenheit. Expats should also be aware that the cost of living in The Cayes is relatively low, and that the area is known for its beautiful beaches and diverse wildlife. Finally, expats should be aware that the healthcare system in Belize is not as advanced as in other countries, and that medical insurance is recommended," explained one expat living in The Cayes, Belize.

"I’ll give the same advice everyone else gives, come by and stay a couple of months, visit different parts of the country THEN make your decision," said one expat in San Pedro.

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About the Author

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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