Thanks to everyone who has been responding to yesterdays cost of living in Belize post. I have great follow up for you that I got from Leona. She detailed her families personal experiences in regards to grocery shopping and other useful things you will want to know in regards to cost of living in San Pedro Belize. She also makes shipping and location comparisons having moved from Canada to Belize. [Leona I decided to go take market shots this morning to go with your letter]
Dear tacogirl, I find your articles to be very interesting and would like to offer a different perspective on this topic for your consideration.
We have traveled between Belize and Canada for years. Canada is a wonderful place to live and so is Belize.
While in Belize, we prefer to purchase local brands of products because we find them to be comparable or better quality and far less expensive. It is also notable that many of the imported brands in Belize contain far less chemicals than the Canadian or US version of the same brand.
In Belize, there is an abundance and wide variety of fresh food that is available year round and very reasonably priced so we purchase very little canned, frozen or processed foods and find it very easy to eat a healthy diet.
We find the meat in Belize to be of exceptional quality. Four quarter chickens usually cost about BZD$6.00 or USD$3.00.
A fresh whole chicken usually costs about BZD$10.00 or USD$5.00. A five pound roast of beef or pork usually costs about BZD$35.00 or USD$17.50.
One pound of Organic Coffee usually costs BZD$14.00 or USD$7.00.
Pure Orange Juice (not from concentrate) usually costs BZD$13.50 or USD$6.75 per Gallon.
5 gallons of Agua Dolce Water (delivered to your door the same day you order it) costs BZD$5.00 or USD$2.50 not including the refundable bottle deposit.
Blanca Nieves Laundry detergent costs BZD$6.00 or USD$3.00 per Kilogram.
We find rent and electricity to be about the same price as in Canada depending on where you live.
Internet is more expensive.
Water and cable TV rates are very reasonable.
Gasoline is more expensive in Belize but vehicle insurance is very reasonably priced.
We have found the education, medical and dental services in Belize to be excellent.
In our experience, importing items from the USA, even after paying for shipping plus Belize duty and taxes, is still less expensive than making the same purchase in Canada for equal or better quality.
There are a wide range of restaurant prices but typically lunch for two costs about BZD$25.00-$50.00 or USD$12.50-$25.00.
The people of Belize are extremely friendly and level of customer service provided in Belize is absolutely outstanding.
I agree with you that the very best way to find out what Belize is like is to come for a visit but once you’ve experienced life in Belize it can be very hard to get back on the plane to go home.
Great Blog tacogirl!!! Keep up the great work!!!
All the best, Leona Simoes
Please note – A memorial service for Maria Antonia Plaza Gomez will be taking place this afternoon at 3:00 pm on the Beach just south of the Belize Yacht Club.