Well, when I meet people that are looking to relocate to Corozal, I ask them a few questions. What are you looking for? Do you want to be by the sea? Do you want to be isolated or do you want to have some neighbors? Do you want to live in a community? The answers all come back differently.
There is a community about ten minutes from here called Orchid Bay. These are some of my neighbors. Orchid Bay is growing at a steady pace and it is an expat community. There’s a restaurant in the center of it. The development is shaped in concentric circles. There’s a beach, and they have regular events. There are casitas for rent. A lot of expats have moved there. That’s a community. You have neighbors. There are people beside you. You’re not on your own there, although there are some locations in Orchid Bay that are a little bit back, sort of into the jungle a little bit. I would call them semi-private. Then there are other developments that are more isolated where your neighbors are a 5 to 10 minute walk away, but you can see them.
As for my immediate neighbors, I live in a Spanish fishing village so my neighbors are all hardworking fishermen. Most expats live in Orchid Bay, Consejo Shores or another developments around here. Mark Leonard’s development, Cerros Sands, has 4 or 5 homes. It’s private. It’s a small community.
My expat neighbors have social life. For example, at the Copper Bank Inn, every Saturday there is a dart tournament and 20 to 40 expats show up, depending on the season. That’s some of their social time. At the Trade Winds Restaurant in Orchid Bay, they have a soup night every Monday. That’s kind of a gathering point for social interactions. There’s community here that you can be part of.
There are other people who are finished with their work and career. Maybe they want to get away from the snow or a cold. There are some that think the government’s out to get them. There are some wild conspiracy theorists here. We have some characters in Corozal, that’s for sure. We have all different types of people. Some of them are just tired of the pace of life elsewhere. They’ve done the corporate thing and they want to slow down and have a place that’s a little quieter and more relaxed.
(Dart Dat at Copper Bank Inn, Corozal, Belize, pictured.)