Belize City, Belize

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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 30, 2021

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

What do I need to know about living in Belize City?

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

"Always travel to Belize first before you move here. Never try to make Belize just like it was for you back home... just accept Belize for what it is and enjoy it. It's an emerging third world country.... not the USA, so keep your expectations in check and go with the flow," said another expat in Belize City.

What do I need to know before moving to Belize City?

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

"Don't. Come here and spend some time first, find out the in's and outs. Cee if you can put up with the bugs that will eat you alive. Or, no doctors or hospitals for miles. They will tell you if you get sick take a flight back to the States. Check on the duty to bring anything there. It's 100 percent that's why you can't find anything there to buy. Car's are all old and rusted out. You used to get two to one on your dollar, but that didn't mean anything when everything is three times the price. Most all that cheap farm land you see is cheap because it is low with water standing on much of it and it won't grow anything. The cows in the country are all sick, due to blow fly's which you're not suppose to use for meat, but they sell em anyway. Don't believe the hype on this place, and don't listen to me, go there and spend a few months and you will soon find yourself flying out as fast as you flew in," added another person living in Belize City.

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How do I find a place to live in Belize City?

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We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"I choose the San Ignacio area as it has the best local downtown, expats and locals mix well together, the folks are so friendly and the Expats are like my other family ! I found my home, thru Rainforest Realty www.rainforestrealty.com," said another person in Belize City.

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What is the average cost of housing in Belize City?

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If you are thinking about moving to Belize City, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"MUCH LOWER! Property taxes are around 30 dollars a year!!! Car insurance is less than 150 a year! WOW!," said another expat in Belize City.

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What to Bring When Moving to Belize City (and what to leave behind)

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When we asked expats living in Belize what they wish they had brought when moving to Belize and what they wish they had left at home, they replied:

"Wish that I had Brought: Bug spray, bug nets, bug zappers. Wish that I had left at Home: Me myself and I," remarked another expat in Belize City.

"Three things I wish I had brought: Brie Cheese, More Sam's Clubs oscillating fans and more gorilla glue( works great here!) Things I should have left at home: high heels, vcr tapes and tools (we can get any type of tool here!)," explained one expat living in Belize City.

What do expats in Belize City appreciate most about the local culture?

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"The laid back.... it will happen when its meant to happen attitude. You can't help but relax. The food...... wholesome and homecooked. The friendliness of the people. The ability to communicate in English makes living here so easy. The multicultural aspect of residents and tourists that you meet every day from all different countries. Conversation flows, and is a constant learning opportunity," explained one expat living in Belize City.

What do expats find most challenging?

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"Newspapers.... frontline news is always about murders etc. so it does scare you a bit. Newspapers.... each one is very politically orientated. So you get very one sided views. QRP (Qualified Persons Package).... can hold you back from doing things you might want to do. It does get frustrating," explained one expat living in Belize City.

Is there a lot of crime in Belize City?

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We asked people if there is a lot of crime. They answered:

"Supposedly...l yes. Belize city is one of the most dangerous cities in the world... But it only has 60000 people in it, mostly during the weekdays. The killings tend to be gang related, drug related. In a specific area, south side, We live on the north side, in a very safe area. Our home is surrounded by a tall concrete wall, and our windows do have burglar bars on them. We have three large dogs which act as any further deterrent. I live here very happily, and feel very safe," said another expat in Belize City.

Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Belize City accepting of differences?

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"People are diverse, expats, locals, mayans, spanish etc. Yes, they are very friendly and accepting of differences. It's a tourist town, when the cruise ships come in once or twice a week. So, there are always loads of strangers about town, speaking different languages etc. Most locals are very friendly and welcoming of strangers," remarked another expat in Belize City.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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