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San Pedro Ambergris Caye two boats in clear water – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingMy 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.
 
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.
 
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.
Irma Quiroz-Yuque of Belize Vacation Homes – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Howler Monkey in a tree in Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingRetiring in Belize is not for everybody because there are some people who wouldn’t be used to it. We don’t have the major highways where you get the traffic congestion. Here there are two roads and there are basically the roads that the tourists travel on and there are the roads that the villagers travel on, so you can take either path. 
 
It’s very beautiful in Belize.  Of course, there is humidity here. Some people love the warmth. They get away from the cold weather from where they came from, and here in Belize, the weather is year round very tropical, and we love it.
 
Most of the country of Belize is either on the water or It’s very close to the water so most people can live very close to the water and get the nice tropical breezes. The people are very friendly here. The food is all natural food. We don’t really eat canned goods.
 
So typically when you arrive here you’re looking at the beautiful jungles and you hear all the animals. You can hear the monkeys singing in the trees; the howler monkeys are very loud. The birds wake you up every morning maybe around 5AM, which is when the birds are outside your window and start chirping.  
 
(Pictured: Howler Monkey in a tree in Belize.)
Boris Mannsfeld of Boris Mannsfeld & Associates – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Long dock and a pier at sunset in Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingI think retiring in Belize is definitely more relaxing than retiring back home in the States.
 
In Placencia we don’t get mail delivered, so we don’t get bulk junk mail everyday. That’s a relief. We do have a mail system where we have to go and pick it up in the office in Placencia. Life is more relaxing here than back at home. It’s more “back to basics.”  We like hanging out with friends, being healthy, relaxing, being outdoors, being active, and not sweating on small things.
 
Back in the States, it was very stressful; you can a lot of phone calls and emails. Down here in Belize, life is much easier, enjoyable and stress free. People here go back to the roots of what living is all about.

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