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Garifuna women, Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingIn Placencia, I would say the local people are generally kind hearted friendly people who will quickly lend a helping hand when you need it. My experience has been that they are easy to get along with. It is a good community in which to live. They also like to be hailed, that is to say "Good mornin, mornin," and done with a smile. They are not only friendly and caring but they are also generally a happy people.  For those who are from the States, Canada or some other more well to do country, they may be considered poor. But only economically poor as far as I'm concerned. The qualities that make for good neighbors is where they are rich.
 
However, if you are living near ex-pats, that is to say, non locals who have come down here and brought with them their "I'm better then you are" attitudes, well then things may be different. Those kind of people may have a more difficult time getting along with these people. No doubt you will have a more difficult time getting along with those people, too. 
 
I'd like to explain a little more. This is the exception but it is something that has happened and I think is worth knowing. Sad to say some have come down here and attempted to muscle or push their way in. They have an approach like... "Step aside... I'm taking over now". Some like this have come and taken advantage of locals who know little of those kinds of ways. The result makes for qualities that are not so good for neighbors. Qualities like "bitterness" and "animosity" towards foreigners who care only about themselves. I would like to say this! We should ALL remember the Golden Rule, "do to others as you would have them do to you". We should remember this is THEIR home! We are the foreigners! They have graciously accepted our presence in their country. If we consider ourselves as their guest we will be a good neighbor to them and ALL of us will be better neighbors.
 
(Garifuna women, Belize, pictured.)
 
 
Wayne Robbins of The Placencia – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Fishing contest winners at The Placencia Residences and Hotel, Placencia, Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingYour neighbors in Placencia could be anyone from white collar to blue collar, from a doctor, accountant, airline pilot, an entrepreneur to a retiree. Retirement in Placencia does not necessarily mean that you stop working. If you choose to, you can create a business in Placencia. Entrepreneurs do very well in Belize because the government encourages Americans and Europeans to come down and spend their money.
 
In our neighborhood, we have a mix of people ranging in age from their high forties to retirees to those who are still working. We also have a couple of ex-congressmen as well. Your neighbor in Placencia can be an ex-congressman, a firefighter or a policeman. It is a wide range. The community in Placencia gels very quickly. Everyone becomes a very good friend. Placencia has a nice community. When I’m in Placencia, they ask me how I’m doing and how my family is and I ask them about their kids. It is a great community and I love my neighbors. The whole peninsula and the different districts have great communities.
 
When you are in Placencia, you can take a day trip to Belmopan, which is the capital, or you go up the San Ignacio mountains, or go to the Belize City for the day. You’re never bored. I’m always busy in Placencia. The good friends that I have in Placencia stayed there for a year and a half, went back to the States for a week and returned to Placencia. I asked them why they came back so quickly and they said that they missed Placencia. It’s a great place to look at a serious retirement or real estate.  
 
(Fishing contest winners at The Placencia Residences and Hotel, Placencia, Belize, pictured.)
Boris Mannsfeld of Boris Mannsfeld & Associates – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The thing I like most particularly in Placencia is that there are a lot of interactions between the locals and everybody else. One reason is because the locals speak English; everybody speaks English. In Placencia, we do not have animosity and discrimination, so you can interact with anybody here. I have a lot of friends here who are locals, including a taxi cab drivers, nannies, some of the people who clean rooms in the hotels, all the way to resort owners and businessmen.
 
In Placencia there is a whole variety of socio-economic, religion, and ethnic diversity and everybody seems to get along. So your neighbor could be a retired American, or it could be a local taxi driver or it could be a guy who owns a coffee shop. We have a whole variety of people down here and everybody really seems to get along and interact.
 
That is one of the best things about living in Placencia. It is not the “ups and downs” or the “haves and have-nots,” which is very important for me. I do not want to be in an area where I am hanging out with a bunch of Americans and then a local would drop by and point fingers at me. I am glad that that is not happening in Belize, especially in Placencia.
Giancarlo Vega of Boris Mannsfeld & Associates – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
What your neighbors would be like in Belize will all depend on where you live. For example, here in Placencia, people keep to themselves and do not really mess with their neighbors. They stay at home, not going out. However, once you go to Belize City or those places further up north on the peninsula of Placencia, the people there are sociable. They like going to their neighbor's house, having conversations, etc.
 
Well, here on the peninsula of Placencia, people are friendlier.  Sometimes they are quiet, depending on the area, where you live, but most of the time they will be friendly, like people who do not seek trouble, not anything like that.
 
It is somewhat embarrassing to say this, but people who are not from Belize run 80% of Placencia. Many Belizeans live in Placencia, but most of the properties are run by people from other countries.
 
The majority of expats in Placencia are from Europe, America, and many other regions and countries. Expats and Belizeans live next to each other in one common neighborhood. People here in Belize are pretty much from all over the world. Most Belizeans speak English, so communication between English-speaking expats and locals is not difficult.

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