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Benque Viejo del Carmen, Belize

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jun 27, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Benque Viejo del Carmen, Belize. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know about living in 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 retiring in Benque Viejo del Carmen, should be aware of several factors before making the move. Firstly, they should familiarize themselves with the local culture and customs, as well as the official language, which is English, although Spanish is widely spoken in the area. The cost of living in Benque Viejo del Carmen is generally lower than in many North American and European countries, but it is essential to research and plan for expenses such as housing, utilities, groceries, and healthcare. Belize offers a Qualified Retired Persons (QRP) program, which provides various benefits and incentives for retirees, including tax exemptions and duty-free importation of personal goods. Healthcare facilities in Belize are limited, especially in smaller towns like Benque Viejo del Carmen. Expats should ensure they have adequate health insurance coverage and may need to travel to larger cities or neighboring countries for specialized medical care. The climate in Benque Viejo del Carmen is tropical, with hot and humid conditions throughout the year. Expats should be prepared for this weather and take necessary precautions, such as staying hydrated and using sun protection. Safety and security are important considerations for expats retiring in Belize. While Benque Viejo del Carmen is generally considered safe, it is essential to stay informed about local crime rates and take necessary precautions to protect oneself and one's property. Transportation options in Benque Viejo del Carmen may be limited, so expats should consider their mobility needs and whether they will require a personal vehicle or rely on public transportation. Finally, it is essential for expats to stay connected with their home country's embassy or consulate in Belize and maintain up-to-date travel documents, such as passports and visas, to ensure a smooth retirement experience in Benque Viejo del Carmen," said one expat who made the move to 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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