My impression of retirement in Belize is quite positive. I think it is a lovely place to come and just relax and enjoy your day. There is not a lot less stress and a lot less pressure to conform. The pressures that you have from where you come from do not disappear here in Belize, but it becomes a lot easier, from what I've seen.There are also so many other retirees around and there is a sense of community amongst the retirees here in Belize. Before I moved down, my dad was really worried about me, because he was afraid that I would feel isolated and alone with lots of time to fill, and not be sure what to do. He is in Canada, where everybody is pretty much locked away in their houses, and they have big yards and lots of fencing, so he does not necessarily engage with his community. In contrast, when he comes down here for a month to stay with us, he has his own friends, and he does his own thing. It is fantastic; really good. Then, my brother will bring his kids here, and we have some more good quality time and new shared experiences, as opposed to your every day, Sunday dinner kind of thing. I get opportunities to make memories and it is even easier down here.
The grandkids all descend here for about two weeks and they really had a good experience. They do not forget, because they are in a foreign country. The cost of living is that much less, that people enjoy a better standard of living than they had in North America without the price tag of it.