In Ambergris Caye expats are treated very, very, very well. Tourism is Belize’s biggest industry and it is how the country survives, along with its coffee, timber, and produce.
I walk the street and three or four people will stop and offer me a ride. It doesn’t matter where you come from. Expats and people from all over the world are treated very well here in Belize.
As the song goes, as another gringo in Belize (especially as a new one; click on the YouTube above), you have to be pretty savvy because obviously people are looking at what they can get from you a lot of times. Expats here have a great knowledge of the island, but if you are a newbie here, so long as you have your own set of objectives of what you want to achieve and how much you want to invest on the island, everybody is very welcoming and helpful and will bend over backwards to help you.
Just like I wrote about safety, there are good and bad people all over the world, so there will be people who will charge you US $50 for something that costs $5, but that is up to you as an individual if you will allow yourself to be treated that way. It doesn’t compare at all to walking down the street in Playa Del Carmen in Mexico where every shopkeeper is heckling you and trying to get you to barter for everything. We do not get that here on Ambergris Caye. You might be asked if you want to buy some jewelry from a little child walking along. You can just say, “No. Thank you, darling.” And they walk on. There are no pressures or hassles. It is a very nice community.