Last updated on Jul 02, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Consejo, Belize. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know about living in Consejo?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Consejo, they said:
"Expats considering retirement in Consejo should be aware that the official language is English, making it easier for those from English-speaking countries to settle in. The cost of living is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it's important to budget for unexpected expenses. Belize has a Qualified Retired Persons (QRP) program that offers incentives like tax breaks to retirees, but it requires a minimum monthly income from a pension or annuity. Healthcare in Belize is generally of a good standard, but serious medical conditions may require evacuation to a country with more advanced medical facilities. Expats should therefore consider comprehensive health insurance that includes medical evacuation coverage. The climate in Consejo is tropical, with hot and humid conditions year-round, and a rainy season from June to November. Expats should be prepared for this, and for the possibility of hurricanes during the rainy season. Consejo is a small village, so while it offers a peaceful lifestyle, it may not provide all the amenities and entertainment options that a city would. However, it is close to Chetumal, a larger city in Mexico, which can be reached by road or sea. Belizean cuisine is a mix of Caribbean, Mexican, and Maya influences, and while it's delicious, it may take some getting used to. Finally, while Belize is generally safe, it has a higher crime rate than many Western countries. Expats should take standard precautions to protect their personal safety and property," remarked one expat living in Consejo, Belize.
What do I need to know before moving to Consejo?
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.