Belize’s charm is hard to put into words, but the best description might include the phrase “rustic paradise.” This is a barefoot nirvana, where you can hitch a ride on a skiff with a local fisherman for a day, then walk into a restaurant and have them cook your catch for you.
Caye Caulker has long been a favored destination for travelers to Belize. People flock to this small island because it has a vintage Caribbean charm all its own—it looks like a postcard. The island has remained a rustic paradise, with candy-colored wooden buildings, sandy roads, and no cars. Happy travelers, locals, and beach dogs lazily stroll and enjoy the warm breeze that comes off the water and ample shade of the palm-fringed streets.
Placencia and Ambergris Caye are two places in Belize very popular with tourists and expats. You will find countless online debates about which one is better, more-loved, or more livable. As an expat who has lived in both places for five years, I can attest that they offer distinctly different lifestyles.
In Placencia village where I live you’ll see adorable cabanas lining the road, each painted a different color, hand-painted signs, cute beach dogs, friendly locals. You’ll find treehouse coffee houses, and beach bars with names like Barefoot Bar and Tipsy Tuna. There are gelato places, and local tiny wood shacks selling delicious, cheap food made from scratch.
Although Belize is a small country, about the size of New Jersey, it has a wealth of “must see” natural resources and wonders.
The range of diving you can do in Belize, despite its small size, is one reason for its vast popularity, and it can vary depending on whether you are in the north, south, or outer atolls.
There’s barely been a better time to look at the beachside real estate market in beautiful Belize. Prices have been dropping for the past year or two, making more homes affordable no matter what your budget, whether you intend to rent or buy.
Tricia Koba and her husband, Charlie, have a lifestyle that most only dream about…They live in a beachfront condo with a pool in Ambergris Caye, Belize, where they are just steps away from their successful beachfront bar business.
Sittee River has a frozen-in-time feel, nestled next to the welcoming Garifuna community of Hopkins in southern Belize. This sleepy, historically Kriol area has seen a slow but steady increase in the expat population.
Placencia Village looks like a postcard. Jauntily colored wooden Caribbean homes, beach bars, and coffee shops abound, and little stores sell wood carvings and Mayan souvenirs. All the while, you can see the Maya Mountains on your right and the sparkling Caribbean Sea on your left.