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.
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.
The good news is that the threatened three-hour wait did not materialize. The load on my flight was so light that we left Houston (my departure point in the U.S.) early and arrived in Belize half-an-hour ahead of schedule.
Caring for your money as an expat can get complicated. Your first question might be—how safe and secure are my funds in Belize? You would ask that in any bank, but it's more important when you consider Belize is a young country and has different banking protocols.
Many of the new builds in Belize come with plots that have been completely cleared, and in addition have often had a layer of white marl or limestone laid on them, so you are working with a completely blank and infertile canvas—not a plant or tree in sight.
It might surprise you to learn how many expats live "off-the-grid" in Belize. Expats going off-grid have to generate their own power, and collect their own water, rather than connecting to Belize Electric Ltd. (BEL) or to the Belize Water Service (BWS).
Six years ago, my husband and I retired and made Corozal our winter home. It's a decision we have not regretted. Many visitors to Belize experience only the islands and beach communities, but there is much more to the country. Corozal Town, in the north on Corozal Bay, offers beautiful sea vistas and a rich history.
Belize is a top-class fishing destination for lots of reasons. The country has a long coastline, with 200 cayes offshore, plus 18 major rivers, creating a natural marine environment. Home to the world's second largest barrier reef, Belize boasts over 500 species of fish and many other types of marine wildlife.
How about building your perfect custom home on a few acres of your own land, free from the pressures of permits and architects and construction complications? Add saving money by living off-grid and growing your own food...and you can see why my American expat friend did exactly this.