What your neighbors would be like in Belize will depend on where you live. If you live on Ambergris Caye, up to the north on the island, your neighbors will probably be physically distant. You will have lots of privacy and space, but if you live in the town of San Pedro, like we do, you are in a condo complex, where you would be surrounded by North Americans and a smattering of Europeans. The island of Ambergris Caye is 27 miles long and San Pedro is the only town on the island, located in the southern part of it.
I live in a complex filled with North Americans, but there are people in Belize who live in development complexes or other housing who live with Belizean people, too. Generally, however, it’s the disparity of disposable income that does not really allow many Belizeans to live on the beach side of the island, where it is more expensive to live and where most expats live. Some of this is somewhat awful to say, but most of the local Belizeans, just cannot afford it. As a result, I don’t really live in the same specific area with Belizeans, but we all do share the beach together, the sand, and we all swim in same sea. I can have Belizean children around me and a Belizean family having a picnic, and everybody hangs out together. However, relative to where we actually live, in Belize, we are totally in different socio- economic pockets of housing.