There are a lot of people who have come here to Ambergris Caye from the States. I met a person who lived in New York all their life and the first time she came here, she didn’t like it. She said, “Oh my God, what am I going to do all day? Where is work, what do I do? How do I do it?” Most of the questions that people ask when they first come here is “What is there to do?” “How many people live here?” “Why are people here so laidback?” “Where’s the nightlife?”. When they get used to all of it, they say, “I don’t want to go back to the States.”
An expat recently told me that he doesn’t want to live in the States. He said in the States, you wake up, drink a cup of coffee, get ready for work, go to a subway, and repeat the same pattern. It’s always busy, everything is time constrained and you’re always late. Here, you’re always early for everything, because we are on Belize Time. You’ll be on time for what you’re used to, and Belizeans will be late, so you’ll actually be early.
We are pretty laidback. At first the people moving here are hesitant. There are people who want to retire in Belize and they get a vacation home or a vacation rental for some months and see how it turns out. Most people fall in love with it.
In order to give you a contrast of how a native Belizean looks at other place, I went to London recently and saw that bananas were very expensive. Here, I could get five bananas for $1 Belize (50 US cents). When you come here, if you want fresh fruit, you’ll have it. If you want fresh fish, you’ll have it. If you want any type of meat, we have it here, too.