It happens with surprising frequency. You are on your first trip to Belize. Perhaps you are staying in San Ignacio and strolling Burns Avenue or you are chatting with some new friends at the Sports Bar in Caye Caulker and you think…
I could TOTALLY live here.
There is something about Belize that seems so friendly, so comfortable, so…totally do-able. 11 years ago, that very same feeling hooked me.
And I get emails almost every day from those daydreaming or seriously planning to make a move. And while this can be a snap decision – no one should move to a totally new country without doing some research.
So I’ve compiled some blogs and websites that it makes sense to follow. Life at a resort for a few weeks or months is very different from a permanent move.
Plus, it’s a handy list for those who just love Belize.
So here are some suggestions from around the country. Please let me know if you have any others. The more information, the better.
Blogs (that are current):
Belize Adventure: Lorenzo’s fantastic website gives a great overview of the country and delves into some really interesting topics like “A Case for Major Hotel Chains in Belize” and Belize and the Sharing economy. Unlike many others on the list, Lorenzo was born and raised in San Ignacio, Belize and is now an expat in Toronto, Canada.
A Belize Home for Us: John East is a British Expat in Belize – he and his wife built a home and he may win an award for most breakfasts eaten at Estel’s in San Pedro.
Bound For Belize: Bob and Rose relocated from California. He’s a brilliant writer and she is a pilates instructor & all around beautiful person living on Ambergris Caye.
First World Refugees: Lisa, Ronnie and Dooley-Bear (he’s the dog) moved to Ambergris Caye and know how to have fun.
ITravel Belize: Travel around Belize through the eyes of Dorian, Amber and 11 year old Madison – all born and raised in San Pedro, Belize.
SanPedroScoop.com: My Opinionated Guide and Insider Look at My Life in Belize. OBVIOUSLY my best-in-show.
TacoGirl: Living in San Pedro and hailing from Canada – Laurie’s been blogging about life on Ambergris Caye for over 10 years and (not to be forgotten) providing discounts on Tropic Air.
And a new entry, CayeCaulkerPeeps.com, a new entry to this category so my opinion has not been formed yet – take a look. Blogging is something that takes time and is surprisingly tough work! The number of those who last more than a year is tiny. Good luck CCP! Please see the bottom of this post for more information from the author.
Facebook pages that I Get Good Information From:
San Pedro Town Council – good updates and photos about town events, news and traffic announcements (especially useful since the number of traffic cops seems to have doubled…tripled? recently
I Like To Check in to the local forums weekly…
They are useful if you want to ask questions (or see questions people may be asking) but BEWARE – there are quite a few negative nellies. Don’t be discouraged!
There is no daily newspaper in Belize so you are going to get the most up-to-date information on the websites of local newspapers and TV station. I’m just going to list the ones that I look at and give no opinions because…well…I have too many. I find it useful to follow the Facebook feed of some and check the websites of others. That’s noted below.
And MY FAVORITE
Do you want to look at beautiful photos of Belize and forget about the Blah, blah, blah. Less to no talk, all pretty pictures. Instagram is BY FAR my favorite source of information about Belize.
Here are some of my favorite original feeds:
@BelizeDestination – Relatively new to the Insta-scene, these photos are so pretty, it’s easy to see why people her #s are increasing quickly!
@BelizeFly – Wil owns and runs Tres Pescados Fly Fishing on Ambergris Caye and the Permit Club in Sittee River. He posts really great photos.
@ChefSeanKuylen – Sean is an amazing chef – he’s one of the top in the country. He’s also a great musician and…who knew? Photographer. His job takes him all over the country from buying fresh product from local fishermen to fancy weddings.
If his cooking gig doesn’t work out…
Sigh…every picture makes me want to visit Coco Plum Resort.
@tonyrath – Belize photographer extraordinaire and father of Miss Belize Universe – his feed is just as beautiful as you would imagine. PLUS, I hear he is working on a book of photography focused on Ambergris Caye. Hopefully for Christmas?!
@sanpedroscoop – I can’t leave my own feed out! Snapshots from my life. Here is one eating lunch in our golfcart.
I could go on and on and on with Instagram suggestions for you…and I might add to the list but FIRST, please let me know what sites you like in the comments…I’m always looking for new material!
I’d love to read more by Belizean writers/bloggers/social media stars.
More about CayeCaulkerPeeps.com from the author:
Hi I’m Alex! I’m a backpacking, website developing, blogging misfit who loves exploring new cultures and meeting new people. I was born in a small town in a conservative state and got out as soon as I possibly could. I’ve been living as a digital nomad for the past four years, freelancing to fund my adventures and love of travel. I came to Caye Caulker in February, and loved it so much I decided to stay long-term. I remember being at home reading San Pedro Scoop, snowed inside by the downfall of the previous night wondering why I wasn’t living in paradise.
Inspired by Rebecca and other bloggers, I started Caye Caulker Peeps to detail what it’s like to live on an island in the Caribbean immersed in a completely different culture. My blog focuses on topics like entrepreneurship, travel, the digital nomad lifestyle, and of course life on Caye Caulker. I want to provide a resource for everyone who wishes they could just get up and go. I also hope to inspire others with my experiences and information, and build a network of friends and bloggers who are into the digital nomad lifestyle.
If you are a blogger, digital entrepreneur, or just curious about Caye Caulker, I would love to connect with you on my website at www.cayecaulkerpeeps.com. I am always responsive and open to suggestions!