Dedicated to providing you with credible information about living overseas
Best Places In The World To Retire Community Questions and Answers about living and retiring abroad

Questions & Answers

Q & A Menu Q & A BY TOPIC
To navigate, use menu bar to the left
Christian Burn of Grand Baymen – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The worst place to retire in Belize is Belize City. A third of the population of Belize lives in Belize City. It is a very large city, not very safe, and not very pretty city, either.
 
There are not really the activities that you are looking for that you would expect in the city, like good shopping or cultural things to do. Those things are not offered in Belize City. However, everywhere else in the country certainly has that. Everywhere else has decent shopping, regional nuances that are significant, and they have the beauty that people expect when they come to Belize. Other places have a natural beauty while Belize City just does not have any of that. That is the only place that doesn’t.
Chris Leonard of Paradise Found Belize Real Estate and Development – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Liberty of the Seas off Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe worst place to live and retire in Belize is Belize City. It is over saturated and there are crimes resulting from gang activities. Unfortunately, some areas in Belize City are no different than what you would find in the United States, like the worst neighborhoods in Detroit or Compton (a suburb of Los Angeles). With limited educational resources and rap music, some of the individuals in Belize believe that what’s being said in the music is what life is and they try to emulate that. You can imagine how that happens.

I went out for lunch with a government official and his son in Belize City. We had armed guards to go through Belize City, not necessarily armored cars, but everyone with us was carrying a gun. That was just for peace of mind.

Belize City, Belize, view to docks – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingBelize City is not a very nice place to visit.  When the big cruise ships come in they tell you to not go too far away from the docks. That is the worst part of Belize. It is like night and day compared to the rest of Belize.
 
I spent a good amount of time just traveling around the country to see everything. Placencia is really laid back and it’s definitely the richer area of the mainland and it is clean. It’s just like if you were driving from Beverly Hills down to Compton, you see the difference, you see the same type of difference going from Placencia and Belize City.
 
You hear about robberies every now and again. I was never afraid for my life or concerned about being robbed anywhere in Belize, with the exception of Belize City. That was a place I definitely needed some extra protection.
 
( The cruise ship Liberty of the Seas off the coast of Belize, pictured.)


 
Macarena Rose of Rainforerst Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Corozal, Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe areas that are best to be avoided, if you are looking at moving to Belize, are areas where you do not find a lot of expats.
 
With that said, the areas that you find the most expats are San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, San Ignacio in the Cayo District, Placencia, Hopkins, Belmopan and Corozal (pictured). Those are the main places where expats move. Expats found those areas to be what they are looking for as a place to live where they feel safe. They are part of the community, and they can immerse themselves into the culture.
Boris Mannsfeld of Boris Mannsfeld & Associates – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The worst place to retire in Belize has to be Belize City. You do not want to retire in Belize City. It is the biggest city in Belize, with about 60,000 people. A lot of business happens there, but in terms of foreigners or tourists, there is almost nothing. In Belize City, there’s nothing to do, but the rest of Belize is pretty pleasant. Personally, I wouldn’t live in Belize City because I would be bored.
 
In addition, you will read about crimes in Belize City because it has a high murder rate and there are specific places in Belize City where the gangs hang out. Gang members are killing gang members, which is why they have a high per capita murder rate. Since there are only about 60,000 people there, and they have murders every once in a while, due to these gangs, the per capita murder rate rises. In fact, Belize City has the highest per capita murder rate in the world.
 
To compare this with another place in Belize, in Placencia, which is where I live, the last murder was about eight years ago and the killer was from some other place in Belize.  Eight years from the last murder is not too bad.
 
I don’t think I have much to do up north in Corozal, near the border of Mexico. Personally, I would get bored, but many expats live up there. 

Go Here Next

Go Here Next

 
Best Places In The World To Retire Expat Stories contains text, video, and photos by people just like you who are already living abroadUse the menu on this page to go to categories of Stories.
Best Places In The World To Retire Community Questions and Answers about living and retiring abroadUse the menu on this page to go to other categories of questions.
The Best Places In The World To Retire Location Advisor makes personalized recommendations for where to live and retire overseasGet matched to your ideal location to live abroad.
Best Places In The World To Retire Community Questions and Answers about living and retiring abroadAnswers about living, working or visiting abroad.
Best Places In The World To Retire Expat Stories contains text, video, and photos by people just like you who are already living abroadStories by expats & others about their life aborad.
Best Places In The World To Retire - MarketplaceFind for profit, non-profit and religious organizations.
 

Go Here Next

 
Best Places In The World To Retire Expat Stories contains text, video, and photos by people just like you who are already living abroadUse the menu on this page to go to categories of Stories.
Best Places In The World To Retire Community Questions and Answers about living and retiring abroadUse the menu on this page to go to other categories of questions.
The Best Places In The World To Retire Location Advisor makes personalized recommendations for where to live and retire overseasGet matched to your ideal location to live abroad.
Best Places In The World To Retire Community Questions and Answers about living and retiring abroadAnswers about living, working or visiting abroad.
Best Places In The World To Retire Expat Stories contains text, video, and photos by people just like you who are already living abroadStories by expats & others about their life aborad.
Best Places In The World To Retire - MarketplaceFind for profit, non-profit and religious organizations.
 

Our Pledge To You

Best Places will present information from the Community in a transparent way, unedited, except to conform with our Conditions of Use.

You can trust that Best Places does not manipulate content to sell you anything. All opinions in the Community Q & A and Expat Stories are those of its authors, not Best Places.

Get Known To The Community

Those who contribute to the Best Places Community are our heroes! And being a Best Places hero is fast, fun, and easy. Just go to Questions & Answers, find your first question to answer, click on it, and then click the Contribute Your Answer To This Question Button. If you’d rather enter a Story, go to Expat Stories and click the Contribute Your Story Button".

Contact/Support

Please contact us. We would love to hear from you! Customer Service
Technical Support
Business Development
Suggestions
Press
Phone: (US) 520-940-0481