Moving To Belize

15 Things No One Told You About Living in Belize

Go Slow Sign

Living in Belize is fantastic.  But it can be a very BIG adjustment when you move from another country…from the US or Canada.  And while I’ve been here full-time for over 15 years now and it is my home (I just submitted my application for citizenship!), I learn something new pretty much every day.  ItKeep reading »

My Belize Citizenship Application is Off to Belmopan!

My Certificate for Citizenship

Early this year, I buckled down and started my Belize Citizenship Application.  In earnest.  I’ve had a few false starts over the years….filling out one form or applying for my police record but I never gave it my all. Starting my Citizenship process, For REAL This Time:  Post on March 11 And now  – theKeep reading »

Belize is Hard on Marriages: An Expat’s Point-of-View

Belize is hard on marriages.  It is.  You might be plotting your move to a new country, partly to rekindle your romance in your “happy place” but let me tell you…that can have pitfalls. But before I get into it, let me expand this statement and clarify.  I am talking about my theory that BelizeKeep reading »

2022 Cost of Living in Belize – Ambergris Caye

How much does it REALLY cost to live on Ambergris Caye, Belize: From Someone Who Lives Here There is a saying that the old crusty expats (yes…we get crusty) love to tell newcomers when they land on Ambergris Caye with stars in their eyes, names on brand new land titles, and rum punches in theirKeep reading »

Packing for Your Move To Belize

Packing for Belize

What to Bring, What to Leave Knowing the You No Longer Have Amazon Prime or Target at your Beck and Call Disposal! I originally wrote this post almost TEN YEARS AGO!  In August of 2011.  And I was just reminded of it when I saw a Facebook forum discussion on this exact same topic.  TheKeep reading »

How to Be A Good Expat

How to Be a Good Expat

How to Be A Good Expat in Belize or…Anywhere Relocating to a new country can be exciting and…terrifying.  Paperwork, packing, pet transfer, saying good-bye to friends and family…there is so much to focus on during the process, and even more when you arrive in your new country.  For the first few months and even theKeep reading »

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

My Necessities When Shopping on Ambergris Caye Thirteen years ago, I moved to Ambergris Caye, Belize from Manhattan, NYC, the “Big Apple”.  My life has changed in so many ways over that time period… Things that I never knew I needed and now I wonder…how did I live without this stuff? The answer is simpleKeep reading »

How To Follow Belize On-Line

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 soKeep 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 »

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 »