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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 17, 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?

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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," said another 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 in San Ignacio.

"San ignacio is beautiful and close to the Guatemala border. Go see the Ruins in Tikal," explained one member 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 living in San Ignacio, Belize.

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What type of social life can someone expect in San Ignacio?

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When we asked expats and global nomads about their social experiences in San Ignacio, they replied:

"As a single retiree, I'm not sure anywhere in the world is satisfactory for dating options," added another expat in San Ignacio.

"Very little infrastructure and has a lot of growing to do. Worst is the city corruption," explained one expat living in San Ignacio.

"A lot of expats are looked upon by the locals as a source of money. People will come knocking on your door looking for money all the time for loans and other various hardships. The local population does bot have a strong work ethic and is very lazy . Most businesses hire workers from across the border in Guatemala and Mexico," explained one expat in San Ignacio.

What advice to expats in San Ignacio have about housing?

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"Build your own house . Existing houses may have structural and foundation problems . Many locals build with inferior materials and do t follow building code , a lot of homes are unsafe," explained one expat living in San Ignacio.

What are medical services in San Ignacio like?

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When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in San Ignacio, they replied:

"Belize in general is very third world when it comes to health care. Most people go to neighbouring countries like Guatemala and Mexico for health care," explained one expat living in San Ignacio.

What is life like in San Ignacio?

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When we asked people living in San Ignacio what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"Open season on Gringos...check crime logs just for the month of July 2011...getting very scary if you are white American," remarked another in San Ignacio.

Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in San Ignacio accepting of differences?

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"Multicultural of course, but some don't like U.S. Don't bring anything of value, it will be stolen.," added another person living in San Ignacio.

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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