Last updated on Jul 11, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Sarteneja, Belize. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know about living in Sarteneja?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Sarteneja, they said:
"Sarteneja is a small fishing village in Belize, known for its laid-back lifestyle and beautiful natural surroundings. Before retiring there, expats should be aware of several important factors. Firstly, the cost of living in Sarteneja is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it's important to budget carefully as imported goods can be expensive. Secondly, healthcare facilities in Sarteneja are basic, so expats with serious health conditions may need to travel to larger cities for treatment. It's recommended to have a comprehensive health insurance plan that covers medical evacuation. Thirdly, while English is the official language of Belize, many locals in Sarteneja speak Spanish or Creole. Learning some basic phrases in these languages can be helpful. Fourthly, the pace of life in Sarteneja is slow and relaxed, which can be a big adjustment for those used to a fast-paced city lifestyle. Fifthly, Belize has a hot, tropical climate with a rainy season from June to November. Expats should be prepared for this weather and the potential for hurricanes. Sixthly, while Sarteneja is generally safe, like any place, it has some crime. Expats should take basic safety precautions, such as locking doors and not displaying wealth. Lastly, it's important to understand the visa and residency requirements for living in Belize. Expats can apply for the Qualified Retired Persons (QRP) program, which offers several benefits, but has specific financial requirements. In conclusion, retiring in Sarteneja can offer a peaceful, slow-paced lifestyle surrounded by natural beauty, but it's important for expats to do their research and prepare accordingly," wrote one member in Sarteneja.
What do I need to know before moving to Sarteneja?
About the Author
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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