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Caye Caulker, Belize

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 08, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Caye Caulker, 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 Caye Caulker?

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

"Before retiring in Caye Caulker, expats should know that the cost of living is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but higher than some other parts of Belize. The official language is English, which can make the transition easier for those from English-speaking countries. The currency is the Belize dollar, which is pegged to the US dollar at a rate of 2:1. Healthcare facilities in Caye Caulker are basic, so those with serious medical conditions may need to travel to Belize City or even abroad for treatment. Expats should ensure they have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. The climate is tropical, with high temperatures and humidity year-round, and a rainy season from June to November. Hurricanes can occur, so it's important to have a plan in place for these events. Caye Caulker is a small island with a relaxed, laid-back lifestyle. It's popular with tourists and has a range of amenities, but it doesn't have the same level of infrastructure or services as a larger city. The island is part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This makes it a great place for snorkeling and diving, but also means there are restrictions on certain activities to protect the environment. The crime rate in Belize is higher than in many Western countries, although Caye Caulker is generally considered safer than some other parts of the country. Expats should take sensible precautions to protect their personal safety and belongings. Belize has a residency program for retirees, known as the Qualified Retired Persons (QRP) program, which offers tax benefits and allows you to live in Belize on a permanent basis. However, to qualify you must be over 45, have a guaranteed income, and spend at least one month of the year in Belize. Finally, it's important to visit Caye Caulker before deciding to retire there, to make sure the lifestyle and culture are a good fit for you," explained one expat living in Caye Caulker, Belize.

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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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