The topic of building in Belize could be its own book—and in fact, there are several books on Amazon written by expats which are great resources for in-depth information. The Belize Expats Facebook group is another useful place to get up-to-date recommendations and to have your questions answered. Over the years, I have been involved in numerous construction projects and the building of a small resort, and have learned that there are some unique-to-Belize learning curves to help prevent unnecessary hardship and headaches.
Given what has transpired in the past year and the immense changes to people’s working patterns, everybody wants to learn more about opportunities for digital nomads. I’ve received countless questions on the topic and I’m happy to report some exciting prospects coming up in Belize.
The English-speaking country of Belize has a lot going for it. For a tiny country, it packs a big wallop when it comes to charm and scenery. For the would-be expat—especially if you're looking for real value—there are many areas deserving of your attention. Places where you can live the laidback, Caribbean lifestyle of your dreams.
Ambergris Caye, a 25-mile island situated in northern Belize, is a popular spot for both tourists and expats. The island has one town, the lively and sometimes crowded San Pedro, located in the southern part of the island. Within San Pedro, you’ll find several neighborhoods, each with their own personality and with varying populations of locals, expats, and tourists.
In early adulthood, Lee Nyhus traveled extensively to less-visited corners of the globe, including spending a year backpacking around Africa. Even when it came time to settle down for a while, she chose what was, at that time, a somewhat unusual destination for American expats: Tokyo.
My husband, Dave, and I recently had the opportunity to move onto a boat temporarily at Robert's Grove Marina, 10 minutes' drive north of Placencia Village. So, I want to share some more details about liveaboard in Belize, based on this personal experience.
There are numerous reasons why Belize has exceeded my expectations, but chief among them is the glorious weather. Having now grown used to a tropical climate with year-round summers, I could never go back to gray skies, scraping my windshield, shivering while walking outside, and having to bundle up all the time.
This area used to be truly a local secret. The first time I came to Belize in early 2014, the main road north of the bridge was full of potholes and extremely difficult to navigate. Within a couple years, the road was paved, making the area north of the bridge more accessible and popular.
The lack of government interference in our daily lives is a major attraction to many of us who settle in Belize. It's true, the perpetually bureaucratic government doesn't bother you much—but they provide minimal infrastructure as well.
In 2004, Rebecca Henrich moved with her family to Belize in search of a simpler, more affordable life. She and her husband are passionate environmentalists and wanted their kids to grow up in a nature-filled environment where the family could grow their own crops, use solar power, and live according to ecological, sustainable principles.