Let’s put it this way: I am not coming back to the US.
Living in Belize is living in freedom. It’s like living in the US in the 50’s or 60’s when nobody bothers you. You have friends if you are friendly. If you are an idiot, you’re an idiot and you’ll find that you don’t want to live here.
When you live in Belize, you are going to stress out 3 times a day. You are going to stress out about what you are going to have for breakfast, you are going to stress out about what you are going to have for lunch, and you are going to stress out about what you are going to have for dinner. If you can live with that, you would probably be fine. It’s that easy!
In Belize, you do what you want to do. If your hobby is gardening, garden. If your hobby is painting, paint. If you want to fish, fish! If you want to have a cocktail, have your cocktail. It’s really up to you. You drive where you want to drive, you go where you want to go, do what you want to do and the weather is great. The rainfall in the north is like Florida, 60 inches a year, whereas down south, they get three times that amount of rain.
The weather here with the year round warmth, seasonal climates is awesome. I tried living in the Cayo area, but it was way too hot for me. I need that sea breeze, so living on the sea is my personal choice. There is a very varied mixed culture in Belize. Belizeans are really into their families, although they may have extended families. Their families are very large and many families are related. Many pretty much just get by. For them, it’s not like, “I need to have this, I need to have that.”
In a wedding here, you could wear shorts and sandals. I own about 4 pairs of long pants and I could count the times I have worn them on both hands.
There are zero demands put on you by the culture here in Belize, compared to the demands put on your by the culture in the US.
If you want to be involved, you can. We help out at the school and events. We do so because we want to. You are not told, “Oh you need to contribute" or, "you need to be here for this.” We may contribute money to build a bathroom or something along those lines, but you don’t have to. Property taxes are nil. Roads can be a tad rough.
If you like to fish, go fish every day.
It’s pretty cool.
(Pictured: another stressful day in Cerros Sands, northern Belize.)