Extended Visit

Off to Belize for a month this summer ... that's when we have time off. Our plan is to find up to four areas to stay for up to a week each.... south and central Belize. Not interested in Belize City or Ambergris Cay... too touristy for us.

We want to explore ... using these places as a base. We hope to get a sense of where we might buy vacation property and retire in a few years. We want to meet people ... locals, and expats. Shop in the markets, cook our meals and frequent local restaurants and pubs ... no clubs. We want to check out local schools, churches and businesses. We are moderately active people so some beach time and touristy activities are good too.

We are exploring VRBO, flights and have made enquiries about car rentals. So now general advice is welcome ...  but mostly we are looking for recommendations. We are not foolhardy, risktakers ... so looking for relatively safe places.

So far we are leaning towards San Ignacio and Dangriga. We hope to find out more about the Garifundy (So???) People and their culture too.

So let us know where we should go ...

You might also check out areas around Hopkins & Placencia. I'm personally not a huge Dangriga fan but that's just personal bias.

I agree. Dangriga is cool, but it takes some getting used to. If you are interested in Garifuna culture, I would recommend Hopkins and Punta Gorda. Placencia is also nice. It's a Kriol village.

Can you give a newbie three things ... we would need to get used to?

Not sure if you mean 3 things you need to get used to in Belize or Dangriga  :unsure  but I’ll take a swing at both. Keep in mind that just because these are things I think you might have to get used to, it doesn’t necessarily make them bad.  :)

Dangriga:
it is a bigger town that is pretty densely packed. While that is good in that you have stores, churches, schools and doctors in walking distance. It is also noisier, dirtier and just more crowded than other places you could choose.

Belize:
I feel like I’m always on a scavenger hunt. I may go to several places to find what I’m looking for and I usually don’t find everything on my list. But I just ask people for help or advice on where I might find something or if they’re willing to order something in specific. It’s an adventure.  I also feel like people in my community are nicer to each other because we kinda have to depend on each other. That said, I find that many of my interactions with people take longer than I’m used to back in the states. You might compliment someone on the flowers in their yard and then find yourself getting the scoop on medicinal plants or trees you shouldn’t touch. And the roads can be pretty awful depending where you go. We don’t drive on the left or the right you just try to avoid the potholes.  ;)

Having just now come back from a several day adventure in Cayo district, shopping/buying/searching for things on our list, I love the term scavenger hunt as it really describes our trip!
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I'll go the Keri Me Home route and hit both topics.

Belize: Trash, slow pace (this has positive and challenging ramifications since everything, including bureaucracy and legal procedures (like house buying) take forever), and road conditions. The scavenger hunt bit is definitely an honorable mention, though.

Dangriga: the energy (not sure how to describe it, but it's a very intense place with loud, high energy), crowded, and parts are dirty.

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