In retrospect, would you move again to Belize?

Hi all,

If you had to look back on your expat experience in Belize, would you heartily say "let’s do it again"?

From the preparation stage to your actual everyday life in your new country, what did you enjoy the most?

Would you do certain things differently? Could you tell us why?

How would you describe the benefits of your expatriation in Belize so far?

Thank you in advance for sharing your experience. We look forward to hearing from you!


Hi Christine,
Yes, I would do it again. We don't live in Belize full time - just during the winter months. However, in retrospect, I would make the complete move and do it at a much younger age (I am now retired).

From the preparation stage to our actual everyday life in Belize, what I enjoy most is the laid back lifestyle and the people.

Knowing what I know now though, I would not purchase a property right away. I would take the time to search out good rentals and rent in different areas. We made the decision to purchase in Cayo district after only a couple visits to the country. Granted, our reason for purchasing so quickly was that we found a property that met all our desires at a very low price. At the time we were just "tire kicking" so to speak. The reason I would rent for a few years, as opposed to purchasing, is that selling property takes a long time, if you decide it is not the right place for you. We put a lot of money into bringing our property up to a standard that should be attractive to expats, and we are asking a reasonable price but still it is not moving, after being up for sale for almost a year.

Another thing I would do differently, is purchase a vehicle in Canada or the States and bring it into Belize rather than purchase a vehicle in the country. We have purchased 2 vehicles in Belize, both with bad results. They were vehicles that would have been difficult to get $500 to $1000 out of in Canada, yet we paid equivalent to $3000 CAD for one and equivalent to $10000 CAD for the other. The cheaper one lasted one week before it conked out, and the more expensive one lasted us only nine months. Not cost effective at all!

The benefits are that, aside from the cost of vehicles, the cost of living is about half of the cost of living in Canada. (Add in buying vehicles every six months or so, it becomes about the same cost.) The availability of fresh vegetables and fruits is an awesome benefit! And health-wise, the reduction is stress is a huge benefit.


My wife and I have lived in Placencia for two years now.  I give it a 9 out of 10.
We had traveled extensively prior to the move so we had a good idea
of what we could look forward too.  My only disappointment is the level of petty crime/ B&E
that we encounter.  We have never felt unsafe personally but one must ALWAYS lock up.  Otherwise cash and electronics will "disappear".   
We often discuss "would we do it again" and the answer is YES.
I think it is important to know why you are moving.  What is your underlying motivation, so on those "bad days", you can reflect back on your choices.
So to answer your question, we are very happy with our choice to relocate to Placencia Belize.

My first trip to Belize was in Oct, 2012 for a one week vacation with a friend. The first two days I spent exploring Corozal and the area. On the third day I bought a piece of property. All the EXPERTS say rent for a year before you buy. If you are Wishy-Washy about decision making, that is probably a good idea. I moved to Belize in March of '13 and into my newly constructed home in that July. I have never looked back. There are a few things I miss about Colorado, but not enough to move back.
I am very happy here in Corozal, Belize and If I had the choice I would do it again

We have lived in Cayo full time for 2 years now after travelling back and fore for a few years now, and looking back my partner and I would not move to Belize again if we had the choice. Belize offers an opportunity to get your foot in cheaply to the Caribbean, and the cost of living is low, beautiful surroundings, but for us we find that we are bored in San Ignacio as there is little to do if you want to party it up occasionally. Regretfully  we have decided to move on at a later date to another part of the Caribbean with a more cosmopolitan feel and more positives going on, as there is a recession here and so many people suffering.

We tried the tourist business for a short while, but with the adverse publicity on violence, poor infrastructure compared to other Caribbean countries, no direct flights to the West we are hampered by the lack of tourists, so we have closed  that side of our business along with many others we know in the business  who are suffering too..  After mixing in with our local community we have also been told we are being targeted by a few local individuals because they resent us having developed our property and business so quickly. Some bad minded person tampered with our front  wheels of our truck and loosened all the wheel nuts, we were driving on the Benque Road when we stopped to check as the steering didn't feel right. So for us it's just a matter of time before we move on. Belize is not for everyone. We dislike the inequality, little has changed over the years politically and if you look on the internet so many foreigners are selling up, I wonder why?

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