Last updated on Jul 02, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Dangriga, Belize. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know about living in Dangriga?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Dangriga, they said:
"Dangriga is a popular retirement destination due to its tropical climate, beautiful beaches, and affordable cost of living. Before retiring in Dangriga, expats should be aware that the official language is English, but many locals also speak Garifuna, Spanish, and Creole. The cost of living is generally lower than in the US or Europe, but imported goods can be expensive. Healthcare in Dangriga is adequate for minor issues, but for serious health problems, you may need to travel to larger cities or even out of the country. It's recommended to have a comprehensive health insurance plan that covers medical evacuation. The climate in Dangriga is tropical, with a wet and dry season. It's hot and humid throughout the year, so it's important to be prepared for this type of weather. While Dangriga is generally safe, like any place, it has its share of crime. Expats should take standard precautions to protect their personal safety and belongings. The Belizean government offers a Qualified Retired Persons (QRP) program that allows expats to live in Belize tax-free, but there are specific requirements to qualify for this program. Public transportation in Dangriga is limited, so having a personal vehicle can be beneficial. However, the road conditions can be poor, especially in the rainy season. The culture in Dangriga is a mix of Garifuna, Maya, and Mestizo influences. Expats should respect local customs and traditions. While Dangriga has a slower pace of life, there are still plenty of activities for retirees, including fishing, boating, hiking, and exploring the local culture. Lastly, it's recommended to visit Dangriga and stay for a while before deciding to retire there, to ensure it's a good fit for your lifestyle and preferences," commented one expat who made the move to Dangriga.
What do I need to know before moving to Dangriga?
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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