Moving To Belize

Things I Never Knew I Needed: My Life In San Pedro, Belize

My shopping lists have changed COMPLETELY since I moved to Belize. Things that I never knew I needed and now I wonder…I live without this stuff? The answer is simple – and don’t judge me too harshly for this – I didn’t really cook (or clean for that matter) in my prior life.   IKeep reading »

My Cost of Living on Ambergris Caye, Belize

How much does it REALLY cost to live in Belize? A friend of mine just forwarded me an article:  8 Countries Where $200K Will Last 30 Years of Retirement.  The list includes all the budget retiree hot spots:  Panama, Ecuador, Thailand but then also includes Belize. Nerd that I am, I plugged that amount intoKeep reading »

15 Things No One Told You About Living in Belize

In the blogging world, it’s all about lists these days – and I guess, when they have a bit of substance, there is nothing wrong with that.  They are orderly, informational and easy to read. So, here’s my list – of things that I learned in my last 9 years living in Belize.  Many…like the signsKeep reading »

How Much Does It REALLY Cost To Live In Belize?

This is the #1 question that I get asked.  And I can’t give you the exact figure that will work for you, but I can tell you how much it costs me to live on Ambergris Caye.  Keep in mind:  Ambergris Caye is probably the most expensive part of Belize. And also remember $1USD = $2Keep reading »

Packing for Your Move To Belize

When moving to a new country (particularly the tropics), you have some tough decisions.  I came to Belize two times in my first few months…both times with two large over- packed suitcases…both suitcases dangerously teetering on the 50lbs limit.  Everything else was sold at a garage sale. But now that I look back, there are things thatKeep reading »

How I Got My Residency – An Expat’s Move, The End (For Now)

So…I had my work permit, was managing a popular bar/restaurant in town.  Time to become permanent.  $2000bzd a year for a work permit is a big expense and getting permanent resident is a life-long work permit, a one time expense.  But applying for permanent residency in Belize is more of a waiting game than anything else.  There areKeep reading »

How I Came To Belize – An Expat’s Move, Part One

I’ve actually been getting a bunch of emails from all over the world asking me a few questions:  How did I pick Belize?  How easy was it to get a job?  Why have I stayed?  What do I love and what would I change?   Well, as you can imagine, this is a long and tediousKeep reading »