San Ignacio, Belize

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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Feb 10, 2022

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

What are the pros and cons of living in San Ignacio?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in San Ignacio responded:

"Life is what you make of it. I love living in Belize, but I also do not have a lot of needs for high fashion and trendy things. I have usually lived in a semi-rural area, so the Cayo District of Belize feels homey to me. Urban folks might find it to be too slow. The official language here is English, with a lot of Spanish spoken. Anyone in customer service is bilingual or trilingual (to include Belizean Kriol). I wanted to live somewhere warm and lots of Central America fits the bill, but the English language and common law here are the icing on the cake. Some people think that Belize is just the island of Ambergris Caye and its village, San Pedro. Lots of expats out there, but most of us who live inland are happy to let them have it," added another expat in San Ignacio.

"The pros of my location are: Affordable housing Fresh fruit and vegetables Pretty and a lot of nature attractions Access to natural medicine Adventure living Grow your own food Short drive to ocean Cons: Terrible health care Lots of government corruption Terrible banking High cost for gas High cost for electricity Infrastructure is terrible Transportation is delapitated Lack of a skilled workforce Shopping for supplies very limited Petty theft is rampant," explained one expat living in San Ignacio.

"San ignacio is beautiful and close to the Guatemala border. Go see the Ruins in Tikal," said another in San Ignacio.

"Love the simple minimalistic life Love the people. They are not confrontational Love the exotic fruits Love the sense of community Pet peeve is the stray dogs and home dogs on short chains. Dogs are often not considered Pets or family," explained one expat in San Ignacio.

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