Something like "gringo pricing" exists in Belize. I walk up and buy x number of tomatoes for US $5 a pound and one of my team who is Belizean walks up and pays for the same tomatoes for $3 a pound. Unfortunately, this is a small place. In the whole country, there are only 300,000 people. It really boils down to who you know. Half the time, the lady selling the produce is a cousin of one of my team members, so there is a family relation there and in turn family takes care of family. So maybe it is not the gringo pricing; maybe it is the fact that they are taking care of each other because that is just the fact of life.
However, the Belizean people by nature are incredibly warm and welcoming. That may be because of the colonialism, but the way I see it is that you just have to somewhat extend yourself and then they go over the top. There is a psychology there, that perhaps trusting of foreigners to a certain extent, and that culture has not gone away. Belizeans appreciate that expats are here, and expats open new job opportunities and growth opportunities.
Belizeans are very endearing, even to expats. In comparison, I have girlfriends in Canada, who if a foreigner looks at their babies, they start to get uppity and defensive. In Belize, if a mom holds her baby in her arms and you smile at the baby, she would like that and might even ask if you want to hold her baby. It is a totally different approach here in Belize. I do not know what happened to my girlfriends in Canada. They just started to get paranoid and that may be because of watching too much negative news on TV about people taking other people’s kids.